PPPSS Videos

Robin: Capturing the happy moments

Robin: Capturing the happy moments

Robin discusses how she captures the happy moments of her life so she can draw on them during the low days.

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Linda: There is hope

Linda: There is hope

Linda shares how it helped her to know that others have healed from PPD/A, and that it did get better for her too.

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Linda: Breastfeeding stigma

Linda: Breastfeeding stigma

Linda describes the stigma that she felt because she was not able to breastfeed her baby.

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Shelia: Breastfeeding

Shelia: Breastfeeding

Sheila Duffy, PPPSS's Director, discusses the stress that many new mothers experience when breastfeeding is not what they expected. She emphasizes that breastfeeding, although natural, is not always easy and that mothers need to be supported so they can make the decisions that are best for both baby and herself.

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Linda: Intrusive thoughts

Linda: Intrusive thoughts

Linda describes the relief she felt when she learned that the scary thoughts she had that something would happen to her baby are a common symptom of postpartum depression and anxiety, and that having the thoughts did not mean she would act on the thoughts or that anyone would take her child away from her because she had the thoughts.

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Brianna: Anger and PTSD

Brianna: Anger and PTSD

Brianna discusses the intense anger she felt as a result of postpartum PTSD, and the affect that anger had on her relationships. Although Brianna had PTSD, anger is a very common symptom of PPD/A as well.

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Brianna: Motherhood myths

Brianna: Motherhood myths

Brianna discusses how the images of a perfect mother seen in the media do not reflect the real life, and how the idea that you "should" be happy all the time is particularly damaging for parents with depression.

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Brianna: Getting better

Brianna: Getting better

Brianna shares how her sister helped to support her recovery by helping Brianna to see the good in herself.

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Allen: Allow him to help

Allen: Allow him to help

New mothers, especially those experiencing PPD/A, can sometimes be reluctant to let anyone else, including their partner, take care of their baby. Allen shares how allowing dad some time to care for the baby on his own can not only can provide a break for mom, but can be an important support for new fathers by allowing him the time and space to find his own strengths and make his own mistakes as a parent.

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Brianna’s Journey

Brianna’s Journey

Brianna had an emotionally difficult pregnancy and experienced a traumatic birth. After her daughter's birth, her generalized anger, fear and anxiety became overwhelming. She knew about PPD/A, but realized that this wasn't quite what was happening to her. Once Brianna was diagnosed and began treatment for postpartum post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and found a PPPSS support group, her path to healing began.

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