Announcing the Warrior Mom™ Conference Schedule

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Warrior Mom ConferenceThere are only 37 days until Warrior Moms from around the world gather in Boston for the first ever patient-centered conference on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  And as we get closer to this groundbreaking event, we have some exciting news to share as we welcome Cotton Babies as our national conference sponsor!

For years we have urged the business community to recognize the significance of how perinatal mood and anxiety disorders deeply affect women and children. We have asked them to support our work, but it has fallen on deaf ears. This is why our gratitude to Cotton Babies knows no bounds. A corporation is recognizing how important maternal mental health is and by supporting our conference they are making a statement publicly that they stand by and support Warrior Moms. We can’t wait to work with them and we can’t wait for you to meet them at the Conference! Thank you Cotton Babies!

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We’re also excited to release our conference schedule to the public this week – you can find our 2015 Speakers & Agenda on the Warrior Mom™ Conference Webpage.  We still have a few tricks up our sleeves and a few details to announce, so stay tuned and be sure you’re following all the latest Warrior Mom™ Conference news on our dedicated Facebook page!

Lastly, if you haven’t sent in your art, stories, and poems to the Warrior Mom Wall project, you still have until June 15th!  Find out all you need to know so you can be included in the final art project and have your work shared on the @postpartumprogress instagram account!

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Announcing Homestead Warriors

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Homestead Warrior GraphicPostpartum Progress’ first Warrior Mom Conference happens in less than 100 days. The first ever patient centered conference on maternal mental illness will take place in Boston, where 125 women will gather together and go through a ton of Kleenex.

Tickets sold out quickly so if you weren’t able to get a ticket or couldn’t attend for other reasons, we have exciting news for you!

We are THRILLED to announce an at-home conference for those who are unable to join us in Boston. We’re calling it the Homestead Warriors program.

We’ll be asking you to join in and participate with those at the conference on multiple levels because we want all of you to be part of this amazing event. We are all in this together, according to the Homestead Warrior mission statement:

As Warrior Moms, we all journey from pain to power. We are held, we are strong, and we matter. No mom is ever left behind.

While this is all about a journey, it does not need to be a physical one, as many of us know.

Here are some ways you will be able to participate in the Homestead Warrior program:

Postcards of Hope: Sign up to receive some love in the mail from a Warrior Mom! Blank postcards will be available at Conference Registration for attendees to fill out with messages of hope. We will mail these to women who have signed up to receive them after the conference.

Warrior Wall: Those of you at home can send in postcards with stories, art, messages of hope, etc, to be gathered into a piece of art to be displayed at the conference. You may not be there physically, but your spirit will be there for all to see. Your postcards may also be displayed via our nonprofit’s Instagram account!

Photo Collage: Send in your photo! Homestead Warriors will be asked to email in photos of themselves and families to be collected into a giant shield-shaped graphic for display at the conference and the Postpartum Progress website.

SWAG: We’ll be setting aside to-be-announced swag items for giveaways during conference week.

Q&A Session: Our 3 hour panel, Educate and Empower, (topics to cover symptoms, treatments, research, and cultural competency) will include a Q&A with questions submitted by the Homestead Warriors. With limited time, we’ll be holding on to the unused questions for future blog posts, crediting our Homestead Warrior Moms. This panel will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube July 12th. A few questioners will be selected to record their questions for the presentation.

You’ll want to stay tuned to our official conference FB page for details and to sign up for events as they are announced!

 
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Warrior Mom™ Conference Countdown

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Warrior Mom ConferenceThere’s nothing like connecting with another mom who has been through postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, or has experienced any of these illnesses during pregnancy.  An instant understanding and sisterhood binds you together, as you share your story and recognize yourself in a kindred spirit.  The truth is that, though there are many brilliant medical professionals tackling the challenges facing women with maternal mental illness, only another survivor can truly know what you’ve gone through.  And so we come together, digitally, and find solace in our camaraderie.  The Postpartum Progress blog, Facebook page, and private patient forum have connected women just like me to support and evidence-based information for 10 years now.

It’s inspiring to witness the support community the Warrior Moms have created and exciting to think that in only 165 days, we get to bring over 100 of them face-to-face at the inaugural Warrior Mom™ Conference.  As wonderful as digital hugs are, I have to tell you that nothing, nothing beats meeting another survivor in person.

We’re hard at work behind the scenes here at Postpartum Progress, creating an amazing conference experience that will educate, inspire, and empower our Warrior Moms.  We can’t wait to announce our conference schedule, which will feature some of the leading experts in maternal mental health along with self-care workshops, and advocacy training.  We’ll be connecting with the folks at home with our new Homestead Warrior Mom program, and have thrilling ways for our conference attendees to connect with peers from across the country.  But most importantly, we just can’t wait to see our Warrior Moms in person and give them real, honest-to-goodness hugs.

Want to be in the know?  You can keep up to date with the latest Warrior Mom Conference news over on our Facebook page.  Visit the official conference webpage.  And be sure to follow us on twitter @WarriorMomCon!

Want to sponsor our conference?  Email us at wmc@postpartumprogress.org.

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Minority Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Survey

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postpartum depressionPostpartum Progress is hard at work behind the scenes to improve our support and inclusion of minority and underserved women in our community outreach and engagement. While we often feature stories on the blog from mothers of color and offering Spanish versions of the blog and nonprofit’s website are in the works, we want to go above  our current efforts to develop programs and initiatives that will reach and engage minority women both online and off, all across the country.

However, in order to do that, we first need to know what your experiences have been, and what we can do better to help you. We’ve spent the last month developing a survey that we hope will help us gain some insight into what women of color experience with their mental health during pregnancy and postpartum, levels of awareness & education on postpartum mood disorders, cultural stigma, and barriers to treatment you’ve faced.

It will help us determine what kind of support you desire and how Postpartum Progress can improve on building a community that’s inclusive.

The survey was created by our new intern Denise Carter from Emory University’s Rolllin’s School of Public Health, with input from myself based on my personal experience with PPD and anxiety. Denise is currently getting her Master of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. She also has a Bachelor’s in social work, with minors in non-profit management and African-American studies. She has extensive experience and a passion for helping women of color care for and improve their mental health-we are thrilled to have her helping us!

The survey is 100% confidential and anonymous-your identity will not be tracked. Please feel free to answer honestly and with as much detail as possible. The more we know about your experience with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and what kind of support you need, the better we can help be an effective and valuable organization: changing the landscape of maternal healthcare locally and globally. Will you join us in this mission?

You can access the survey here: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/minority-engagement/

Questions, comments? Send them to us: addyeb@icloud.com or denise.carter02@gmail.com

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