To those of you out there today sad and hurting? I am thinking of you.
But I pause and share a very important reminder to the women out there who are worried about the moms who need help?
I don't mean this in a condescending way, but yes, I do know how it sounds.
Except I said it to myself.
Keep reading. I literally just Googled. For like an hour (give or take). I searched for the following terms and these are the sites and resources I found. And look, really look. Because Postpartum Progress is among them. The site still stands. The information is STILL there. Mamas in need, their family members, loved ones? They will find help.
search term: do i have postpartum depression
Parents: Could You Be Exhibiting Symptoms of Postpartum Depression?
BabyCenter: Could You Have Postpartum Depression (PPD)?
BabyCenter: How Can I Tell If I Have Postpartum Depression?
The Postpartum Stress Center: Do I Have PPD?
American Pregnancy Association: Do I Have A Form of Postpartum Depression?
search term: postpartum depression help
Postpartum Support International: Postpartum Support
Postpartum Support International: Tools For Mom
PPD Moms: Postpartum Depression Help
March of Dimes: Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Progress: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support Groups in the US/Canada
Helpguide: Postpartum Depression and The Baby Blues, Tips To Help You Cope
search term: postpartum depression
Postpartum Progress: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety in Plain Mama English
Baby Center: Postpartum Depression Resources
WebMD: Postpartum Depression Health Center
Mayo Clinic: Definition/Symptoms/Info on Postpartum Depression
National Institute of Mental Health: Postpartum Depression Facts
search term: i think my wife has postpartum depression
Seleni Institute: When You're Worried Your Wife Has Postpartum Depression
Psychology Today: For Dads: What To Do, What Not To Do When Your Wife Has PPD
Postpartum Progress: 6 Dads Tell All About Helping Their Wives Through Postpartum Depression
What To Expect: Dealing With Postpartum Depression, A Husband's Perspective
search term: am I going crazy?WebMD: What 'Am I Crazy?' Really Means
search term: I hate my baby
Mamalode: I Hate My Baby: A Postpartum Story
Huffington Post: It's Okay To Hate Your Baby
search term: how long do the baby blues last
WebMD: Winter Babies and Postpartum Depression: When Do The 'Baby Blues' Become Postpartum Depression?
American Pregnancy Association: Baby Blues: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Fit Pregnancy: The Difference Between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression
PsychCentral: New Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?
The mamas out there are not alone. They will never be alone.
Because the resources are out there, the women are out there, YOU ARE OUT THERE.
The mamas will not lose their way. We will stand together and make sure of it.