Maternal Mental Health - #Realmotherhood
Did you know that an average of 353,000 babies are born each day around the world? That's a lot of women becoming mothers every day. And yet, the first few weeks (and months) of having a tiny human to care for can be the MOST lonely and sometimes isolating time in a mom's life.
This week, May 3 - 7, we recognize Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. How timely, with Mother's Day being this Sunday, May 9th. While many mothers will celebrate this day with their loved ones, others will experience grief and pain.
Your journey is acknowledged, supported, honored and loved. If you have access to a community of support, like MOMLETA, lean on those people. This year we found engaging and helpful resources on things maternal mental health via TheBlueDotProject.
TheBlueDotProject's purpose is to:
Raise awareness of maternal mental health disorders,
Proliferate the blue dot as the symbol of solidarity and support,
Combat stigma and shame
With their annual social media campaign, #Makingovermotherhood, TheBlueDotProject directly addresses the stigma and shame often surrounding postpartum mental health disorders. Images of #Realmotherhood are flooding Instagram and Facebook as a way for moms to realistically depict 'momming'. The project is also running virtual events all this week with real moms and experts on all things maternal mental health. And, from thebluedotproject.org, "Moms are also invited to participate in the 5-day Making Over Motherhood challenge, posting pictures of #realmotherhood – what it's like behind the scenes of motherhood."
The awareness can't end this week or even this month. If you are struggling, reach out - you WILL be seen and heard. If you're a survivor, continue to honor your journey. If you know someone who needs support, be the shoulder. Motherhood is a journey. It's beautiful and scary and overwhelming and unforgiving and loving all at once. We're here to journey with you, at every age and stage.