Trying to start a support group in my area for women battling a Postpartum Mood Disorder is harder than I expected. Trying to find resources in my area is harder than I expected. Sometimes I feel as if it’s a dead end road. Am I wasting my time? Am I running around in circles? Why can’t I find anyone willing to help? Why is there nothing available?
Posters on breastfeeding classes are hung all around my OB’s office. Whenever I sit in that waiting room I wonder where the posters are for a Postpartum Mood Disorder group.
Results on the internet for potty training classes, childproofing classes & even classes on taking better photos of your child come up in less than 5 seconds. In fact, too many classes to choose from pop up on my computer screen.
Finding support groups & resources in my area on PPMD should be as quick & easy to find as the classes on taking better photos of your child. PPMD & the women who are fighting so hard through this are as equally important as this photo class. Right?
When I was searching for a support group & resources in my area, I found nothing. Actually, I’m lying. I found one support group that accepts moms up to 6 months postpartum. My daughter was 2 years old by the time I found out about this group. They wouldn’t allow me to attend, didn’t offer me any resources & couldn’t even at least point me in the right direction.
I guess I wasn’t lying. I found nothing.
During my last visit with my OB, she offered to discuss the importance of having a PPMD support group in our area at their next meeting. I was beyond excited.
Finally something will be done.
This was 7 months ago & I still haven’t heard back.
I contacted another physician in the same office regarding the importance of support groups. I never heard back from her either.
There is a company in my area that sells organic prenatal vitamins, cloth diapers & baby slings. They offer every class imaginable related to pregnancy, childbirth & children. But not one resource, class or support group on PPMD.
Just in case I missed the resources on the company website, I called to ask if they offered anything on PPMD. They explained that they do not offer anything but asked me to come to a meeting to speak about how significant this is. Once they found out how long ago I had my daughter, I never heard from them again.
I wonder if they expected me to be within that 6 month postpartum range.
I believe the classes & support groups that are out there are extremely important. I really do. But I also believe resources & support groups for PPMD are so essential & in my opinion may even be a slight bit more important than a class on taking photos of your child.
Are some people still afraid to talk about PPMD?
Do the companies that offer all the fun mommy & me yoga classes & the exciting new moms groups think that PPMD is too “depressing” of a topic & therefore won’t include such a group? How can a company offer 13 free breastfeeding support groups in one month but can’t squeeze in one PPMD support group?
Trying to destigmatize PPMD isn’t an easy thing to do but I think once more people start to realize what it really is & how lives could be saved & changed by offering support & resources; we could really make a difference in so many lives.
I know my life was changed because of the women who Do talk about it & I am not ready to give up on starting a support group in my area. I know eventually it will be done.