We know that many new moms become depressed in the weeks and months after the arrival of their babies, or experience the so-called “baby blues.” Growing evidence is mounting that points to the fact that new dads also experience a similar type of postpartum depression and feel a sense of helplessness when confronted with their new parental obligations.
Men are gradually becoming less afraid to admit their feelings towards a wide range of issues, including those that our own fathers and grandfathers wouldn’t have dared discuss with others – like men’s postpartum depression.
New mothers rarely admit to the full extent of their stress level or to the difficult emotions they live with. After all, women with new babies are supposed to feel blissful, loving and grateful for the miracle of new life in their care, right? Many women are scared to be seen as a “bad” or “crazy” mom. Without a guideline to tell what’s normal and what’s not, they fear their babies will be taken away and never ask for the help they need.
Laugh along with Christy Harvey and her award-winning guest, Vicki Glembocki, as they break the New Mother Code of Silence. They will discuss Vicki’s book, The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth about Becoming A Mom. Finally.
Vicki is irreverent, brutally honest and very funny – all in the same breath. Christy, an emotional health therapist and the Mommy Muse, is passionate about enlivening your resourcefulness and creativity as you make the profound transition into motherhood.
Lauren Hale is a self-described “Survivor of Motherhood.” So far, she’s conquered Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder twice, Ante-partum Depression once, earned a NICU badge, and awakens daily thankful for the challenges that await her. Even if they include peanut butter covered children! Any time not spent cleaning peanut butter is devoted to providing peer support to families struggling with Postpartum Mood Disorders.
Join in as we explore Lauren’s journey. Discover what helped through her darkest times, and what her favorite resources are for YOU.