Having A Child After Postpartum Depression: A Short Film

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The following is a 5-minute film about my experience with postpartum OCD, featuring interviews with both myself and my husband, and my experience having a second child after recovering. (One thing — it says I didn’t feel better until 2 years postpartum, but it was actually 1 year.)

Many of you asking me whether you should have a baby after having postpartum depression.  There’s no right answer.  But I want you to see what happened in my case, as an example of a happy ending.

Hope you like it. I’m so pleased to have worked with the amazing team at ShareWIK again on this video. They do such an amazing job of putting together stories about health, and I’m honored to work with them. ALSO, so very proud of my husband!!

(Note: If the screen is too small, you can hope over to ShareWIK & watch it there to see the full screen.)

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About Katherine Stone

is the founder & editor of Postpartum Progress. She was named one of the ten most influential mom bloggers of 2011, a WebMD Health Hero and one of the top 25 parent bloggers using social media for social good. She also writes the Fierce Blog, and a parenting column for Disney's Babble.com.

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  1. It is one thing to write about your experience, but to be able to talk about it out loud for the entire world to see takes a really strong person.
    Thank you for being that strong.
    p.s. I love that your husband was involved with this. I think that husbands (or partners) are often forgotten in the mess of perinatal mood disorders. I know that it was an incredibly difficult time for my husband and that he probably could have used some support as well.

  2. Oh, wow. First of all, I feel like I really know you now. ;) You are more real with my having seen that, if that makes any sense. Anyway, what an incredible interview with you and your husband. So well done, so open and so honest and raw. Fantastic. Thanks, as always, for sharing. To you AND your hubby.

  3. Wow! and oh, I just want to hug you.
    And Like Andrea said, seeing you helps make your voice, that we are accustomed to reading, be even more dear and clear. You are such a shining light. Thank you and your sweet man for putting yourselves out there for our benefit. Very much appreciated.

  4. MamaRobinJ says:

    Two thumbs up and a standing O. Love you guys.

  5. <3 Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you! Watching this as I try to stop an anxiety attack at 4 a.m. It's all so much. Listening to your experience and those of other women help more than words can say. Thank you for understanding and hope.

  7. Thank you. What you said about looking at the child you have now and seeing everything you accomplished despite the struggles – that really hit home with me. Just had to stop my mood stabilizer for a surprise second pregnancy, and having a rough day. Heading to psych tomorrow to discuss med options. I've noticed I'm starting to feel overwhelmed and this was just what I needed this morning to get calm and focused.
    Thank you.

  8. I have literally watched this video five times already. It is so encouraging! Thank you!

  9. I love this…. you are a gift to so many moms, Katherine…
    Warmly- as always…
    Kate

  10. Beautiful. Just beautiful. What you said at the end just killed me. In a good way. *tears* Gorgeous.

  11. You two are absolutely amazing. I loved this video so much. Your site and all the stuff you shared on it were very encouraging to me after I had PPD/anxiety, and so much of what I read here helped me to get to the point where I wanted to have another child and was confident that I could do it. My new baby is 4 weeks old on Friday, and I am happy to say this has been a completely difference experience. You CAN have a baby after PPD/anxiety/OCD, etc. and have a different experience. Thanks for your part in helping me to get to this place.