Warrior Mom Wall Announcement

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pencil-432613_640We all have stories to tell.

Stories filled with victories, with curve balls, and stories filled with heart.

We want your stories on our Warrior Wall at Postpartum Progress’ first Warrior Mom Conference, the first EVER patient-centered maternal mental health conference.

How do you participate, you wonder?

Easy:

Grab some paper. One page only, no larger than 8.5×11 inches.

Write a note of inspiration or a few lines of your story. Draw. Whatever will fit on your chosen paper that you’re inspired to share with us.

Then slap a stamp on that bad boy and mail it to the following address before May 31:

Lauren Hale

P.O. Box 20791

Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-0791

What will happen to it once it’s received?

We’ll be snapping pictures of the postcards and sharing them on the Postpartum Progress Instagram account as they come in*, then all of these lovely Warrior Cards will be organized into a piece of art to be displayed in Boston at the Warrior Mom Conference.

We cannot wait to see what you have to share with us!

 

*Sending in a postcard implies an agreement to allow Postpartum Progress to share and disseminate your submission as we see fit in association with the promotion of the project for which it was submitted as well as for the Warrior Mom Conference, for which the project is a component.

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Postpartum Progress Impact Report 2014

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Postpartum Progress Mission 2014

If you’re like me, Postpartum Progress has impacted your life in more ways than one. After having my daughter in 2010, I discovered this powerful community of Warrior Moms at a time when I needed it most. I not only found invaluable information, but also felt the kindness, care and dedication of so many during my own journey through treatment and recovery. I hope you have too, because truly we are none of us alone.

There are many volunteers who work behind the scenes of this passionate organization, and I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you. Your time and talents make the recently released 2014 Postpartum Progress Impact Report possible. Our many programs and campaigns are coordinated by those who strongly believe in our mission, those who offer their time and talents to make these programs a success.

Postpartum Progress IS making an impact in many communities. Below are just a few highlights, but I encourage you to check out the complete report here.

Postpartum Progress 2014 ReachMaternal Mental Health Awareness

Increasing awareness has always been a primary mission. To that end, Postpartum Progress develops and provides materials at not cost to help moms identify PPD and related illnesses, reduce stigma, and encourage mothers to seek professional help. In 2014, 4,250 of our new discreet, pocket-sized “Hugs Cards” were distributed to local peer advocates across the country to share information on where moms can access the free resources and support we provide. Our new Tools page, offers free downloads of our most popular patient resources, including a new 2014 infographic about the negative downstream consequences of untreated PPD.

PostpartumProgress.com and Other Media Reach

Individuals from more than 200 countries visited PostpartumProgress.com in 2014 at a rate of 1.6 million pageviews, with most traffic coming from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines and Singapore. We continue to reach growing numbers of women and families via our social media channels.

Our reach into other media included a feature on BuzzFeed “Can You Tell a Mom has Postpartum Depression Just by Looking at Her,” which garnered more than 275,000 pageviews in the US alone, and was translated into Spanish and French for global audiences. We were proud to be featured on the national Healthy Mother, Healthy Babies Coalition blog in May during Maternal Mental Health Month, as well as in a full page story in Woman’s World magazine, a supermarket weekly with 1.6 million readers. Also in 2014, we were honored with the Iris Award at the Mom 2.0 Summit in the category of Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work, given for excellence and quality in parent blogging and social media.

Climb Out of the Darkness

Our 2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness saw tremendous growth and excitement from 200 participants to 2013 to more than 1,500 last year. Awareness is a major objective of the Climb, and we were thrilled to see the event covered by CNN, The New York Times‘ Motherlode blog, and numerous local newspaper and television news outlets. “It is abundantly clear that Warrior Moms needed an event to call their own, where they could turn their shame upside down and let the world know how important it is to recognize their illnesses,” said Postpartum Progress Executive Director Katherine Stone. Be sure to join us for our 3rd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness on June 20, 2015.

Peer Support & Community

Peer support and community is a vital part of the Postpartum Progress mission. We are truly stronger together. Our Smart Patients private support forum for moms currently struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders grew from 230 members in 2013 to 1,600, many of whom have no access to support groups where they live. And in 2014 we announced we’d be hosting the first patient-centered conference on maternal mental illness, the Warrior Mom Conference, to be held in Boston in July 2015. If you are unable to attend, please join our fellow Homestead Warriors.

Research

Postpartum Progress is interested in collaborating with organizations to not only measure the impact of our own work but to help identify new and better ways to support moms. In 2014, we conducted our first audience impact survey, which revealed that users of Postpartum Progress’ resources are influenced to both seek professional help and speak out about their illnesses with others. For more information about this survey and our first foray into research collaboration, please visit the 2104 Impact Report.

Looking Ahead in 2015

There are many great things to come this year and beyond for Postpartum Progress. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our efforts. We couldn’t do any of this without you,” said Katherine Stone.

I couldn’t agree more. It’s the amazing individuals who volunteer their time and those who raise funds that make these programs possible. I for one am profoundly grateful to all of you.

For more information, read the full 2014 Postpartum Progress Impact Report.

Warrior Mom

 

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Homestead Warriors Photo Collage

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Homestead Warrior GraphicDid you see our big announcement on Friday?  If you can’t make it to the Warrior Mom Conference in July, we’re bringing it to you!

For the first part of the Homestead Warrior program, we’d like to invite all of you, our Warrior Moms, to send in your photos for a collage project.  We’ll be displaying the final collage at the conference and on the Postpartum Progress website.

We want photos of you, you with your family, you with your kids, and any other pictures that show us your Inner-Warrior.  Can’t decide?  Send 2-3!

To send in your photos, simply attach your picture to an email entitled “Homestead Warrior Photo” and mail to:

homesteadwarrior_13e1@sendtodropbox.com (that’s a one, three, “e”, one)

We’ll collect all the pictures and work our magic!

We can’t wait to “see” you as a part of our Postpartum Progress shield collage!

For more information about the Homestead Warrior Project, and to sign up for events as they are released, be sure to “like” our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WarriorMomConference.

Photos are due April 22nd, 2015.

 

 

*Photo Requirements: 1-3 photos that show us what makes you a Warrior Mom.  By submitting a photo, you agree to have the photo used as part of the photo collage both at the conference and in the collage on the Postpartum Progress website.

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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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