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Postpartum Progress (www.postpartumprogress.com), the most widely-read blog in the United States on postpartum depression, announced in early January, 2011 the launch of a new service that will help pregnant and new mothers get through the difficulty of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Daily Hope is the nation’s first support service featuring once daily emails to mothers with postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD and antenatal depression or anxiety. Beginning Monday, January 17, 2011, this free service will provide encouragement from survivors, the country’s top perinatal mental health specialists and authors of the leading books on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and parenting.
Many of the nearly one million women who suffer each year do not have access to perinatal mental health specialists or PPD support groups where they live. “I hear from thousands of mothers across the country and around the world who say that having someone to lean on who deeply understands can contribute a great deal to their recovery process,” said Katherine Stone, founder of Postpartum Progress and survivor of postpartum OCD. “I felt Daily Hope would be a great way to use technology to offer mothers encouragement from the nation’s most trusted experts on their illnesses, regardless of where they live or what type of health insurance they have. The more support we can provide to women with postpartum depression, the better, because the quicker the recovery, the less likely the illness will have a long-term impact on mom and baby.”
Contributors to Daily Hope include, among many:
• Karen Kleiman, MSW, author of “This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression”
• Ann Dunnewold, PhD, author of “Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide” and “Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box”
• Marlene Freeman, MD, MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health and Harvard University
• Pamela Weigartz, author of “The Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety Workbook”
• Susan Dowd Stone, LCSW, author/editor "Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives and Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Practitioner"