Last night at 6:00 PM, we put out a call to our Warrior Moms and followers. We planned to take to Twitter to discuss the dismissive, stigmatizing, misinformed comments on postpartum depression by New York Times best-selling author Marianne Williamson.
Within minutes, hundreds of moms took to Twitter to share truthful information, statistics, hope, help, and their stories with the hashtag #meditateonthis. By 8:30 we were trending on Twitter.
For those of us working at Postpartum Progress, last night was a whirlwind of awe. We watched our Warrior Mom Army do what they do. They stood tall and strong and told their truths for the Internet to see. They talked about their medications. They talked about what they did to avoid medication. They told how they used meditation, prayer, yoga, and nutrition to supplement their medication. They shared how their lives were changed by therapy. They admitted to the demons in their head, their scariest times, their hospitalizations. All to destigmatize postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
To say, together, Postpartum Depression IS Real. But it hasn’t beaten me. And you, mama still fighting? You are not alone.
Here are some great tweets from the night.
— Avital N. Nathman (@TheMamaFesto) January 28, 2016
I am AGAINST maternal mental health issues being reduced to “this is just woman stuff”+”pray and find balance” #meditateonthis
— Jasmine Banks (@Djazzo) January 28, 2016
— Amy Lupold Bair (@ResourcefulMom) January 27, 2016
Medication saves. Screening saves. I know because I’ve lived it. Conspiracy theories save no one. #meditateonthis
— A’Driane Nieves (@addyeB) January 27, 2016
— Stay@HomeFeminist (@NatashaMChiam) January 28, 2016
I’m a stay at home mom with PPD/PPA. I honestly believe I wouldn’t be here without my meds. They saved my life. #meditateonthis
— Lauren (@stuckinspincycl) January 28, 2016
— Meagan Fazio (@MeagieFaz) January 28, 2016
Going back to work gave me my sanity, helped me gain control of my mind again #meditateonthis
— Heidi Stamper (@HeidiStamper) January 28, 2016
— Heather Spohr (@mamaspohr) January 27, 2016
— Enjoli DeLeon (@enjoli212) January 28, 2016
— Anne-Marie Lindsey (@DoNotFaint) January 28, 2016
My psychiatrist doesn’t like prescribing meds, but does so to aid in therapy and healing. #meditateonthis
— Christina Gleason (@WELLinTHIShouse) January 28, 2016
— The Momma Collective (@MommaCollective) January 28, 2016
— Lea (@Hopin2bHappy) January 28, 2016
The tweeting continued late into the night, and when I began writing this post at 9:30 this morning, the numbers spoke for themselves.
Updated to add: These are the numbers as of 3:32 PM on 1/28/16.
Yes, you’re reading that properly. 796 people on twitter sent out 6,526 tweets about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. The messages were delivered to 27,764,462 timelines with a total reach of 2,005,250 people. With absolutely no notice ahead of time, Postpartum Progress’ Warrior Mom community and those that support maternal mental health banded together and reached over TWO million people with stigma-breaking, truth-telling tweets.
You did great work last night, Warrior Moms. Take some time to feel proud of yourselves for the work you did in promoting maternal mental health in a positive light. Thank those in your life who may not suffer from PPD or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders but took time to retweet and share your messages last night.
Additionally, moms are writing their stories today. We’ll be updating the post with their personal blog responses:
- Eh tu, Marianne?, a guest post by Katherine Stone, at Kristen Howerton’s site, Rage Against the Minivan
- Popular author tells moms to ‘meditate’ their postpartum depression away by Avital Normal Nathman at SheKnows
- Yes, honor the pain: On Marianne Williamson, #PPD and compassion from Heather
- Marianne Williamson Is Wrong by Kelly.
- Not Mutually Exclusive by Jennifer Butler Basile.