Stories of Hope

In our blog, Stories of Hope, you will find personal stories from moms who have lived through and overcome a maternal mental health disorder as well as guest posts from providers and other respected members of the maternal mental health community.

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Shining My Light: Don’t Wait For Help

By Mandy Lehman Trigger Warning: Intrusive Thoughts Medical and mental health professionals will tell you that if anxiety or depression runs in your family or if you suffer from either or both of these things, then you are at a higher risk for developing postpartum depression after you’ve had a baby. I nodded my head in agreement while listening to

I Didn’t Know

By Megan Wahl, MDT | December 16, 2019 Trigger Warning: Birth trauma, Postpartum OCD Megan and her baby boy When I had my first baby, I didn’t know you could feel love like that. I knew love, a deep and passionate, a challenging and beautiful love. But this was different. An all-consuming, I would die for you kind of love.

Strength, Courage and Hope: #MyPostpartum

By Megan Nazaret To have another baby or not to have another baby. That is the question. This decision can be hard for all parents, but for moms who’ve experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), it can be terrifying. After suffering from severe postpartum depression and anxiety following the birth of my first son, Adrian, I took the possibility

Speaking My Postpartum Truth

By Kristi Rapp, MMHI Board Co-Chair Trigger Warning: intrusive thoughts My son Grayson was born in June of 2011. For many women, the day their baby is born is one of the happiest days of their lives. Unfortunately, that was not the case for me. The minute Grayson was delivered, I did not feel connected with him. I didn’t want

Helping Moms Find What She Needed During Postpartum Anxiety & Depression

By Ashley Mueller Joining the board of MMHI has been life changing for me.  After the birth of my second child, I experienced tremendous postpartum anxiety and depression.  My daughter was born nearly a month early, and the hospital that I gave birth at did not have a NICU.  Her first few moments of life were traumatic – she was