I’ve always been pretty open about my struggles with peri and post-natal mood and anxiety. If you are unfamiliar with my story, you can read about it HERE.
This is why I stand with my warrior moms at Postpartum Progress in applauding the US Services Task Force in calling for all mothers to be screened for mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy, and by raising my voice against the damaging statements made by those who make their living marginalizing those who need help.
The second part of that statement was made necessary in part because of statements made by NYT Best-selling author, Marianne Willamson who went public with this little nugget of tin-foil hat-wearing ignorance:
“CODE ALERT: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says women should be “screened for depression” during and after pregnancy. Their answer, of course, is to “find the right medication.” And how many on the “Task Force” are on big pharma’s payroll? Follow the money on this one. Hormonal changes during and after pregnancy are NORMAL. Mood changes are NORMAL. Meditation helps. Prayer helps. Nutritional support helps. Love helps.”
Remarkably, she goes on to defend her stance in offensive replies like this after thousands of numerous objections:
“Depressed women are like canary [sic] in a coal mine. We are often depressed because something is wrong that needs to be made right, and what is wrong is not always what is inside us. Postpartum depression, example, is often a result of a woman’s heartbreak over having to go back to work sooner than her body, mind and heart are ready to,” says Williamson. “It’s a can of worms that needs to be open.”
It would be an understatement to say it didn’t go over well in Internetland.
There was this impassioned plea from Jill at Baby Rabies:
This is in response to everyone who has ever said that postpartum mood disorders aren’t real, and that women are being tricked by Big Pharma into numbing themselves. It’s a response to every person who has told a struggling mother to do more yoga, pray more, eat better, get more sleep. It’s a response to anyone who has ever made a mother feel shame for needing medication to get to shore. This is personal, you guys. This is my raw story. This is my truth.More in today's blog post, including the video transcript- http://www.babyrabies.com/2016/01/meditate-on-this-a-video-response#MeditateOnThis
Posted by Baby Rabies on Thursday, January 28, 2016
Miranda from Caffeine and Cabernet and Postpartum Progress went with a picture of a thousand strong words:
Original Post HERE:
Canadians, who were already waging their own #BellLetsTalk hashtag campaign to raise PPD/PPA awareness dropped what they were doing and joined their sisters to the south in saying “No more.”
Huffington Post CA has a post all about it HERE:
TWO MILLION TWITTER POSTS AND COUNTING.
See highlights from the epic Clapback HERE.
Morgan from BuzzFeed & The818 said “Walk on.”
See her meme game HERE.
She Knows said “Good day, Sir!”
See their thoughts here.
Kveller was all, “Bye Felicia.”
Buh bye now.
I could go on and on and on and on. As of 7pm Central, January 28th, 2016, there were over 2.5 million uses of the #MeditateOnThis hashtag by Social Users, including bloggers who account for more than 100 million social followers. That’s one third of the US.
And I couldn’t be prouder of my tribe.