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‘NOLA Climb Out of the Darkness’ event to raise awareness of postpartum disorders with climb at Jean Lafitte National Park

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Our editor has been very forthcoming in her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of the IntheNOLA baby.
 
In support of women who have dealt with or are currently dealing with postpartum issues, this Sunday, June 15, Postpartum Progress, a non-profit organization founded in 2011 “focused on vastly improving awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression and the number and quality of services and support for women who have them,” will be holding their annual Climb Out of the Darkness event to raise awareness of these disorders throughout the country.
 
New Orleans’ Climb Out of the Darkness is being hosted by Lindsay Maloan, a mother and survivor of postpartum depression (PPD).
“Prior to the birth of my son, I had had a couple of episodes of depression,” explained Lindsay. “During my pregnancy, I asked if that made me at a higher risk for PPD and the doctor confirmed that I was. However, after birth, the only screening I received was one question: Are you feeling like you’ll hurt yourself or the baby? The answer was no. My symptoms were more atypical-headaches, not sleeping even though the baby was asleep, random tingling/numbness in my extremities, irritability, anxiety (think checking my son every 30 minutes because I was so afraid he’d die of SIDS), and feeling like it was me and my son against the world.”
 
“My husband was extremely supportive and helpful, but I would recoil at his touch. Sex was still painful months afterward when I could muster the effort to do it, simply so he wouldn’t want to leave me. I told all of these things to my doctor at six weeks and again at four months. Everything physical was attributed to allergy season and dehydration from breastfeeding. As for the intimate stuff, the doctor looked me in the eye and told me that I needed to suck it up or my husband would get what he needed elsewhere. I was shocked, ashamed and scared. Six more weeks went by until I pieced together my symptoms thanks to Postpartum Progress and a couple of other sources that it led me to. After that, I found the courage to ask my pediatrician for a recommendation for a new doctor who would actually listen to me. That new doctor took one look at me and told me she’d get me the help I needed.”
 
After the experience with her first child (who is now three years old), Lindsay was proactive in receiving help when she became pregnant with twins (WOW!). “I didn’t experience PPD with my fifteen week old twins, but this time around, my new doctor and I were proactive in our approach,” she said. “She lovingly referred to me as her ‘poster child’ because of my history, twin pregnancy, plus parenting a ‘threenager,’ I was very at risk for relapse. She had me schedule therapy check-ins for right after birth and I restarted the medication I stopped taking during the pregnancy two weeks before I gave birth. She asked me at every visit how I was doing. She listened intently to my needs and concerns. This time, I’m armed with the tools I gained from last time, and I’m much more aware of my stressors and needs, so that helps me combat the bad days that could potentially send me back down the road to PPD.”
 
Lindsay continued, “After I discovered Postpartum Progress, I began participating in weekly Twitter chats and engaging with other moms who were going through the same things I was. Meanwhile, I was openly sharing my feelings and experiences on my little family blog and eventually I became a contributor to Postpartum Progress. After I started sharing my story, I received so much support. To this day, I still get emails and private messages from family, friends, and even strangers thanking me for being so open, because they had either suffered alone, or were able to get the courage to seek help from reading story. I’ve found an amazing tribe of friends and acquaintances that support each other all to fight the stigma and beat this thing that many of our mothers have suffered through in silence. That’s a pretty powerful thing.”
 
Lindsay will be leading the Climb Out of the Darkness walk at Jean Lafitte National Park at 9:00am, “symbolizing how far you’ve come out of that dark place PPD/A sends you to. Last year’s event raised $42,500 which went to educating the medical community and spreading awareness about perinatal mood disorders. This year, the goal is $100,000, with 80% of it having already been met!”
 
Come out for some fresh air and camaraderie as we celebrate our “climb.”



WHAT: NOLA Climb Out of the Darkness
 
WHEN: Sunday, June 15 (9:00am)
 
WHERE: Jean Lafitte National Park
 
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Last modified on Tuesday, 10 June 2014
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