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.
SPRINGFIELD, NJ –
Q: How are you involved with 2020 Mom?
A: Ambassador, completed the MMH Certification class.
Q: 2020 Mom’s mission is to close gaps in maternal mental health care. What’s your big hope for how 2020 Mom can fulfill this bold mission?
A: The diagnosis gap seems so large, but with 2020 Mom advocating for the OBGYNs to be the primary physician in Maternal Mental Healthcare, and also asking pediatricians to be on the lookout during a woman’s entrance into motherhood, I think they will be able to catch more people who are struggling. I remember just wanting someone to ask me or to notice that I was not operating at my full capacity. I was not finding the joy of motherhood that everyone talked about and I didn’t want to admit it. I hope that as 2020 Mom works with healthcare teams, policy makers, insurance companies, and individuals, the barriers of stigma surrounding Maternal Mental Health will break down and more women will speak up and not suffer in silence.
Q: Who or what are you inspired by right now – and why?
A: The moon - I think of how it maintains a constant role and often goes unnoticed, and I have found myself often comparing it to motherhood. (I have written several poems about the connections I have noticed but I will explain them more fully here) There are moments where a mother waxes and wanes in what light or energy they can give. Mothers also crave the moments where we are like a new moon, hidden from sight. Mothers are the comforters of the night. Mothers sometimes say that their world revolves around their children, and so as the moon reflects the sun's light, mothers also reflect the joy and brightness that is so prevalent in their child. When I was first diagnosed with postpartum anxiety and depression I felt as though I had no concept of who I was as an individual. I felt like my life was being dictated by my child. But I find comfort in the fact that like the moon, you are an individual with your own course to follow, and know that the world would lose so much beauty and gravity if you left.
Q: What do you love about 2020 Mom?
A: I love how diligent 2020 Mom has been in bringing the issues that many mothers face when diagnosed with a maternal mental health disorder to the attention of policy makers. The successes that they have had recently in effecting policy in California gives me hope. I can see that it is only the beginning of the changes coming to the rest of the United States and it is very exciting. I also love how many resources and articles 2020 Mom has available and that they are presented in ways to normalize maternal mental health and empower women to take action. I love the close connection 2020 Mom shares with Postpartum Support International and the wealth of information and support PSI offers in conjunction makes this partnership so powerful. I would have loved to have known about 2020 Mom back when I was struggling with postpartum anxiety and depression.
Q: If you could choose to have a superpower, what would it be and why?
A: I would want to have a photographic memory, so that I could recreate scenes of my experiences into art without missing a detail. I often feel distant when I try to recall early moments as a new mom. The lack of sleep and the fog of anxiety and depression have veiled so much from my memory. Also, I guess my superpower would consequently do away with “Mom Brain.”
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