I am now going to take a moment to thank EACH and EVERY person (that I'm aware of, anyway) who spoke up on behalf of women with postpartum depression and spoke out against the AOL News story today, either on Twitter (by retweeting "Hey @aolnews You suck. And we're not letting you off the hook. Fix this NOW. #AOLhurtsmomswithPPD"), Facebook, or on their blogs, or at the very minimum shared the stories on Postpartum Progress, Her Bad Mother, BlogHer, PhDinParenting and elsewherewith others.

You are all a true treasure. It warms my heart to see so many who care about the emotional health of mothers and are willing to use your voices against the stigma that still exists. It's because of you that AOL took the horrible quote off of its website — a quote that NEVER should have been published in the first place. Thank you.

For anyone who thought I was somehow misreading or misunderstanding the meaning behind Pat Brown's quote, here is her response to Amy at Pretty Babies about the uproar:

"Generally speaking, I don't buy the chemical imbalance theory for any depression; I believe people just don't want to deal with real life issues and the fact that sometimes life is simply depressing and damn difficult. It isn't about chemical imbalance but tough times and our own issues.

Pat Brown
Investigative Criminal Profiler"

AOL should have offered a different opinion, or done some fact checking and perhaps never quoted Pat Brown at all. Postpartum depression is not always caused solely by chemical imbalance, to be sure. There are other risk factors that are social in nature, like domestic abuse for instance. But it's not because moms "don't want to deal with real life issues". Stuff it, Pat. And AOL, please take more care in publishing stories on this topic.

Also, may I say that this is why blogging and being on Twitter and Facebook is important. Because regular people like us have the power to make change. So awesome.

Also aBIG thank you to BlogHer for giving me such a wonderful additional outlet for this story, as they have so much wider reach than PP does. And aspecial thank you to Catherine and Annie, who also have much wider audiences than I, for helping make this viral.

Also a BIG thank you to all the commenters on my post and all the people on the Postpartum Progress Facebook Fan Page who spoke out against this as well.

Also, if you want to see a news organization handle this story with responsibility, stop in on Time magazine's interview with Diane Sanford. (Perhaps our influence on them last year made a difference!)

Also,Mom 101commented on my blog today. Just had to point that out. 😉


Catherine Connors, @herbadmother, Her Bad Mother (read her piece on this)

Erika Krull, Psych Central (read her piece on this)

Pretty Babies (read her piece on this, complete with a response from Pat Brown, the woman who was quoted in the AOL article)

Annie, @phdinparenting, PhD in Parenting (read her post on this)

Sara, Urban Moms DIY(read her post on this)

Sarah, @goonsquadsarah, Sara and the Goon Squad

Ceri K., @womenwantwhat

Julia H., @lynchmama

Amber, @atlantamom, Beyond Postpartum (read her post on this)

Joanne, Mixed Bag of Rant

Melissa A., @melissaforpeace

Ninotchka, @ninotchkab, NinotchkaBeavers.com

Denise T., @dtanton, Flamingo House Happenings

Bobbie C., @mymamaruns, My Mama Runs

Lisa, @workoutmommy, Workout Mommy

Julie H., @momslant, The Mom Slant

Jim T., @genuine,

"MommyGeek", @mommygeekology, Mommy Geekology 2.0

Matt, @dcurbandad

Denise, @dtanton

Roxane B., @roxane_bock, Roxane's Days

Brandi Weikle, @bweikle, Parent Central


Laura F., @lozzi84

Lindsay G., @linzlovesyou, Birdsiviews

Ashlee, @shleemama, Everything About Shlee

Torrie, @torrie, Shifting Life

Corin Zander, @corinzander

Kat, @mrslltkings, LivingLike the Kings

Melissa D., @refashionista, Refashionista

Amy B., @amyrhoda

Ashley H., @ashhan123, Confessions Of a First-Time Mom

Walker K., @allbelly, All Belly Birth Services

A E Summers, @ausummers, Kusali to Pray

Maria, @amotherworld, A Mother World

Sally, @bluekstudio, The Blue Kimono

@barelymommy, Barely Mommy

Alena, @alena29, Charmingly Chandler (read her post on this)

Kimberly M., @momgosomething, All Work & No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something (read her post on this)

Ivy, @ivyshihleung, Ivy's PPD Blog (read her post on this)

Miranda, @notsuperjustmom, Not Super Just Mom (read her post on this)

Lauren H., @unxpctdblessing, My Postpartum Voice (read her post on this)

Sera, @chaoticmama, Laughing Through the Chaos

Andi S., @judgmntlhippy, Confessions of a Judgmental Hippy

Ariel S., @arielsandifer, Nothing Witty

Erica W., @momsurvival, The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms

Schwandy, @schwandy, It's Not Me It's You

Pualani S., @puasaurusrex, Dino Momma

Sidnie, @greenenough4me, Green Enough For Me

Melissa, @PBinmyhair, Peanut Butter In My Hair

Sarah S., @schubie71, Mama Sarahndipity

"Gardenmom", @gardenmom29, Garden Mom

Christina D., @mz_duck

Emily E., @designhermomma, DesignHER Momma

Maria M., @mariamelee, Mommy Melee

Growing Your Baby, @growingyourbaby

Samantha H., @shines

Sam, @temptingmama, Temporarily Me

John Grohol, @docjohng, @psychcentral

Heather H., @skinnysushi, Skinny Sushi

Iva T., @iva_tanackovic

Catherine, @daydreamymama, Daydream Parenting

Jamee, @517butterfly, A New Kind of Normal

@themommymarch, The Mommy March Blog

Greta B., @gretablau, Middle Aged Jock

Victoria M., @veamason, The Mummy Chronicles(she's in LABOR and took the time to use her voice!)

Vinajoy B., @mamavina, A Nourishing Home

Liz, @ehiwv, Perilous Domesticity

Heather, @heada,

A, @thebluemoongirl, One Foot Stuck

Rachel B., @boldrach4x, Not Just A

Lisa C., @lisacurcio, Our Happy Nut House

Aurelia C., @aureliacotta, No Matter How Small

@themommymarch, The Mommy March


Kim, @kimworld, The World According to Kim

Tammy P.. @rntammyp, Nurse's Notes

@thefeministbreeder, The Feminist Breeder

Arwyn, @raisingboychick


@JLYoungsma, The Doe or the Deer

Paig, @vpbaker, Prone to Wander

Tamara, @unexperiencedmom, Blog Conference Newbie

Mandy M., @mandymooreblogr, The Real Mandy Moore

Sara E., @smola04, The Covered Wagon (read her post on this)

Kristen L., @kristenliberty

Joia F., @joiafarmer

Katie F., @kfoutz

Andrea, @goodgirlgonered

Cassaundra B., @radicaLactivist

Adrienne, @nostylepoints, No Points For Style

Kim, @glitterandgray, The Glitter and the Gray

Deb, @misssueburbia, Missives From Suburbia

Kate, @beantownkate

Jen, @theremotejen

Amie B., @zurimama, Izzie and the Beast

Kathy M., @kathyamorelli

Emily, @theEmily_B, Aprons & Heels

Chris, @tessasdad, Stay At Home Dad in Lansing

St. Louis Smart Mama

Lori, @icangrowpeople, I Can Grow People

Katie, @ksluiter, Sluiter Nation

Rachel, Racheous

If I left you out, it's not on purpose. It's just that my Tweetdeck was a bit overloaded today.And if you wrote a post, I can link directly to it if you send me the link. Thanks.

Have I said thanks?