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Climb Out of the Darkness 2017


COTD Announcement

Welcome to Climb Out of the Darkness 2017

PSI is excited to launch Climb Out of the Darkness 2017 and honored to continue this wonderful event.  We have collaborated with many to plan and host a Climb that is built on the great work done by Postpartum Progress and Climb Leaders through the years. PSI has developed a new process by which local groups can receive most of the money they raise, as well as welcoming all who are not affiliated with a local group, but want to contribute to perinatal mental health support in underserved communities. We are happy for your support and ready to help you make your Climb a success!

We want all who have been part of the Postpartum Progress community to know that our hearts are with you as you are weathering the storm of the closure of PPI. We welcome past Climb Leaders who have been such an integral part of the Climb, and welcome PSI members and friends who might be brand new to the event. We know so many had already put time and effort into the 2017 Climb, and PSI is excited to work with you as we continue this great work. We look forward to working with climb leaders and warrior mom alumnae who have continued to provide support and connection, and we want all to feel a huge warm welcome from PSI volunteers, board, staff, and members.

We are very happy to announce that our 2017 Climb Managers are Emily Jankowski Newton and Timoria McQueen Saba. We are so excited to work with this powerhouse team, and all of the Climb Leaders and Volunteers. They’ve put together a Leaders Manual and are ready for your questions. Write to them at cotd@postpartum.net  Welcome!

Start a Climb, Join a Climb, or donate to to Climb:  

Climb Out of the Darkness 2017 on CrowdRise

Message from our Climb Managers, Timoria and Emily –

“Alone we can do so little.
Together we can do so much.” 

― Helen Keller

Timoria McQeen Saba

TimoriaI am a maternal health writer, advocate and speaker specializing in mental and physical trauma due to childbirth and pregnancy-quite a change from my former career as a celebrity makeup artist. Immediately following the birth of my oldest daughter in 2010, I suffered a postpartum hemorrhage and almost died. I underwent a life-saving surgery and was later diagnosed with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). One year later, I had a miscarriage in a frozen yogurt shop in front of several people, which triggered the difficult emotions from the hemorrhage I suffered the year prior. I realized that there were very few resources for women who had experienced similar birth and pregnancy complications and the lingering psychological effects. I decided to start the conversation publicly and became a maternal health advocate. My treatment included a combination of talk therapy and restorative yoga. I gave birth to my second daughter in March of 2014. My birth experience the second time around can best be described as perfectly “normal.” I have written for several websites, including the Huffington Post. I am currently a volunteer for Postpartum Support International (PSI) on the Warmline and as an administrator on the PSI Facebook page. I have been featured as a guest speaker for hospital support groups as well as information sessions for doctors, midwives and therapists. One of my other passions is collaborating with other maternal health advocates to bring awareness to bills aimed at improving women’s health. I also run a mother’s support group called “Emotional Wellbeing After Baby” at Milford Regional Hospital in Milford, MA. It is my goal to help other women have their birth experiences validated. Mothers deserve to feel supported and know they are not alone in whatever their personal struggle may be.

Emily Newton

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetI am a yoga instructor and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) advocate.  I suffered from PPA and PPOCD after the birth of my oldest son in 2008. Unfortunately, I wasn’t diagnosed until 2010 while being treated for PPA after the birth of my second son.  After my third child was born in 2012, I found myself once again suffering from PPA. A combination of treatments including talk therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes helped me recover completely.  Living for two years with an undiagnosed PMAD is what lead me to advocacy work with Postpartum Progress and now Postpartum Support International. Raised by freethinkers, I am devout in my faith, secular humanism.  I have been a yoga practitioner since 1996 and a certified yoga teacher since 2011.  When I’m not advocating for perinatal mental-health or teaching yoga, you can find me in the pool training for open water swims. I also enjoy working in my garden, which is large enough to feed my family.  I spend as much time outdoors as the weather will allow.




10 Responses to “Climb Out of the Darkness 2017”

  1. Linda Crownover-Inch

    I am writing today for a web link to more information about Climb Out of the Darkness 2017 campaign. I am interested in hosting a Climb Out of the Darkness walk in my area. However, I’m having a difficult time finding information for hosting and registration. Can you direct me to a web page or other resources?

  2. Ashley

    I’m writing to find more info. I am a nurse and I find this near and dear to my heart as I myself went through post partim depression. I’ve been hoping to participate but I am a nurse and typically I have to work on the day of the event. So I have two questions. 1, when I go on crowdwise the only event I find registered this year is in Indianapolis. Is there seriously only one so far?! 2, If I do end up having to work are there volunteer opportunities I could get involved in leading up to the event? I have a feeling if one is not already in fact registered in my area (western Michigan) I have enough friends who would be more than happy to get involved but I’d really like to help as much as I could. Thanks!

  3. Wendy Davis

    Hi Ashley — Here is the crowdrise link to all the climbs. https://www.crowdrise.com/cotd2017. You will find about 50 climbs there. We’d love to have you join or start a climb. It can be any day at all, really! Write to the Climb managers at COTD@postpartum.net for more information. We’d love to have you start a climb in Michigan!

  4. Solae Thomas

    Hi, I just registared to have my own team. I would still like to connect with other teams in Sacramento and would like to “climb” in the same location as them. Help please 🙂

  5. Wendy Davis

    Hi Solae — We will help you connect in Sacramento!

  6. Fiona

    Hi! Was wondering if there was a climb already set up in Ottawa Ontario and how I could join the climb?

  7. Wendy Davis

    Hello Fiona — There is not a climb in Ottowa yet. Would you like to start one? We can help you connect with others there if you would like.

  8. Carla Brice

    Interested in joining a climb in Texas.

  9. Wendy Davis

    Hi Carla — I sent you an email to connect.

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