I am a Maternal Mental Health Advocate and two-time survivor of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety/OCD and postpartum PTSD. I was truly excited to become a mother and had a perfect pregnancy with our first. All of that changed and my life was forever altered after an incredibly traumatic delivery where everything that could go wrong – did.
I knew nothing about postpartum depression or anxiety and thought only our war veterans could suffer with PTSD. No one ever told me how incredibly common these disorders are and I suffered undiagnosed for four very long years. After being diagnosed and fully recovering, I’ve spent the last several years working and volunteering full-time to educate other mothers and families about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), with the hopes that no one will have to suffer as long as I did.
One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain when he said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” I am thrilled to be a part of the PSI family and am blessed to have found my “why.”
In my spare time I love to bake goodies, spend time with our friends and watch our kiddos play baseball/softball. My husband and I have two children and just celebrated out 18th anniversary.