Katherine Stone has found her marbles. And she will be the first to tell you that at a decade ago she thought she had lost them for good. You see, Katherine suffering from severe postpartum depression (ppd) and anxiety disorders that has led her on a new life path.
Katherine and I met last week at the Type A Parent Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2001 she went through a serious bout with postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder after the birth of her first child. At the time she felt like she was living in a nightmare; terrified, anxious, embarrassed and disconnected from her newborn baby.
After several weeks, Katherine took the huge step of reaching out for help. Her therapist understood the situation immediately and calmly assured Katherine that she would be okay. At that moment she began on a path to recovery.
Three years later, Katherine launched a blog in an effort to help other women who might be suffering from PPD and other postpartum disorders. It all began as one woman reaching out to others who might be in need of support. Today, Postpartum Progress (www.PostpartumProgress.com) is the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to childbirth.
I am truly in awe of Katherine’s dedication to women’s postpartum progress. Although my own bout with PPD was seven years ago I can still relate to every word on her blog about the guilt, self-doubt and loneliness associated with PPD which sometimes seems just too much to bear. Katherine Stone has given women a place to recognize that they are not alone and that they can get help.
The site is loaded with helpful information, such as coping strategies, news and resources. Readers will find support groups, organizations and treatment programs. You will also be able to read the intimate, heartbreaking and inspiring personal stories of those who have survived mood and anxiety disorders related to giving birth.
There is a wealth of incredible information and support available at Postpartum Progress yet Katherine states clearly that she wants her readers to consult a healthcare provider for individual medical advice.
Since its inception, Postpartum Progress has received numerous accolades and awards for its contribution to women’s wellness. To date the site has helped nearly 500,000 women. As if that weren’t enough, Katherine has also founded Postpartum Progress Inc., a non-profit organization focused on improving the health and well-being of women, children and families by improving access to services and support for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
I told you she’s an inspiration, didn’t I? It is people like Katherine who made me want to start this site. Sometimes we can find our own marbles while helping others along the way.
For more information, go to: http://www.PostpartumProgress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @postpartumprogr. Donations to Postpartum Progress Inc., can be made at: http://postpartumprogress.org/donate-postpartum-depression-2/
If you know someone who has Found the Marbles, send an email to Jessica@FoundtheMarbles.com.