We are grateful to our Ambassadors. Here is another in a series intended to showcase our advocates and team members and their story in the arena of maternal mental health care.
GURNEE, IL – I’m that person who will be awake the earliest in the house, regardless if I had enough sleep or not, to welcome and conquer the day. I like challenges and I would travel at length to get to where I need to be, to connect with people and explore other cities. I’m a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a single mom who is currently in recovery from the aggressive downward slope of postpartum depression (PPD). I also love to eat, which is why it’s challenging to shed off my “baby” weight. I used to work out quite a bit before, but now I just find excuses. I’ve learned to accept and be comfortable in my own skin from the outcome of my pregnancy. I find that all I need is already within me, so I think the motivation is to find that person and let her light shine through again.
Q: Who or what are you inspired by right now – and why?
A: 2020 Mom inspired me to take my part in normalizing the stigma of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD). When I went through the initial stages of PPD, I found my healthcare providers not addressing the fact that I just gave birth to my son a few months ago. Even with me asking for help openly, Department of Child and Family Services (Child Protective Service in Illinois) was called to “evaluate” my son’s home. I felt threatened and immediately regret telling anyone that I wasn’t feeling well. I know in my heart that what I dealt with wasn’t right, and something needs to change. I recognize my own shortcomings, but I also acknowledge that our “system” is not perfect either. Mothers should not feel that their child or children will be taken away from them because they sought out help for their symptoms of PMAD.
Q: What compelled you to work with 2020 Mom?
A: My son, John Jovero, who is currently two years old, is “my why” – why I’m here today. I told people who are close to me that my memory of his first year was too clouded that I don’t remember much. I see pictures and videos, but it wasn’t until a month after he turned two that I finally “woke” up. I grieve the time I lost in learning that I was as a new mother.
Q: What do you love about 2020 Mom?
A: This team is amazing and I am at awe in all they do! I love the platform that 2020 Mom established in connecting people with each other and providing resources, specifically addressing maternal mental health care. I find many opportunities for personal and professional development through 2020 Mom. I look forward to ground myself and flourish my dreams into reality with 2020 Mom. I’m a registered nurse by profession with a bachelor’s degree. I am inspired to pursue my master’s degree in counseling after attending Postpartum Support International (PSI) 2-day-live training on PMAD: Components of Care. I see myself opening my own practice and providing affordable services to parents who need help.
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