Everyone needs encouragement sometimes, especially new mothers.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society, in conjunction with the Good Mother Project, is pleased to announce We’re In This Together, an uplifting photography project which asks mothers to share their wisdom and the words that they wish they could speak to their former selves when in the midst of new motherhood. The participants in this project share words of support, hope, and love with the goal of bringing light to the shadowy parts of motherhood and reminding themselves and others of the need for self-care and community.
We’re In This Together combines photos of mothers holding personalized messages that reach out to new parents who are feeling frustrated or lonely, or those who are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.
“When I had this idea for a photo series depicting mothers holding personalized words of encouragement and support for new mothers, it seemed only natural to partner with Pacific Post Partum Support Society. We’ve titled the series We’re In This Together because we want other mothers, especially new mothers, to know they are not alone in their experience, that someone is always there if they need to reach out, and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
‑ Eran Sudds, founder of the Good Mother Project
It is estimated that one out of every six women and one out of every 10 men suffer from depression or anxiety following the birth or adoption of a child. We’re In This Together aims to resonate with parents in need of support and community.
“We are so excited about this project. The moms who use our services always want to find ways to give back to other moms who are struggling, they know how hard it can be and also that it gets better! Breaking the isolation, as well as the stigma that surrounds this issue, can make a profound difference in how much and how long moms suffer with postpartum emotional distress. This is one way that we can help break through the barriers that force many to suffer in silence.”
– Sheila Duffy, director of Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Images and stories from the We’re In This Together project will be featured on the Good Mother Project’s Facebook, and Instagram accounts, as well as on this blog and Pacific Post Partum Support Society’s social media accounts. The posts will go up every few days from Monday, Aug. 14 until Jan. 1, 2018.