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Why I didn’t get help when I fell into depression during pregnancy

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  • Depression is the most common complication of pregnancy in the US—and affects 1 out of 7 women while they are pregnant.

  • "Of course, some measure of ambivalence is normal in pregnancy. It’s a weird in-between time when your entire life is no longer what it was and is not yet what it will be. The other side is unfathomable, even to a healthy mind." This candid account touches on many life-altering and life-saving matters

    "Of course, some measure of ambivalence is normal in pregnancy. It’s a weird in-between time when your entire life is no longer what it was and is not yet what it will be. The other side is unfathomable, even to a healthy mind." This candid account touches on many life-altering and life-saving matters. Most vitally, it's a reminder of how the American system of birth leaves mothers, their partners and most families so ill-prepared for the what they will encounter, especially when the shock of the new fades.

  • Do a favor for yourself and those you care about and read this thoughtful, poignant essay on mental health care. Thank you, Jessanne Collins, for sharing this.

  • That feeling Jessanne describes - almost a mild surprise when you experience something other than numbness, because numbness is what has been your default for so long - is poignant. It truly does capture how easy it is to let your mind continue sinking into itself if there is no one, not even yourself

    That feeling Jessanne describes - almost a mild surprise when you experience something other than numbness, because numbness is what has been your default for so long - is poignant. It truly does capture how easy it is to let your mind continue sinking into itself if there is no one, not even yourself, or nothing, that is yelling at you to come back to shore. An important piece of work and must-read for anyone, not just those who have experienced pregnancy and/or depression.

  • "Becoming a mother is disorienting. I, at least, was fearful that it would turn me into someone I wasn’t, that it would cost me the things I had worked hard to be." That's just how I felt on the brink of motherhood. My entire identity felt at risk. No surprise that not just pregnancy but also the first

    "Becoming a mother is disorienting. I, at least, was fearful that it would turn me into someone I wasn’t, that it would cost me the things I had worked hard to be." That's just how I felt on the brink of motherhood. My entire identity felt at risk. No surprise that not just pregnancy but also the first year of parenthood were a mighty struggle. These challenges are not out on the open enough among parents-to-be. I'm grateful for the honesty here, even years later, and sure many others are too.