Lots of Exciting News At Postpartum Progress

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It’s been a very busy few weeks and the next couple of months are going to be even busier, so I wanted to share with you where I’ve been, and even MORE importantly where I’ll be. I love to meet Warrior Moms in person, so if you’re at any of these places please come say hello!

In the last week, I’ve been:

1) Fighting back against the mistakes the media makes about postpartum depression, over on the Huffington Post. Please check it out and let me know what you think! If you like the story, make sure you give the post a Facebook like so that the media knows how much we care about this issue.

2) Talking about postpartum depression on CNN’s HLN website

3) Talking about judging and being judged as a mom on HLN’s “Raising America”

4) Writing about how women shouldn’t tear each other down on Babble

TODAY (Tuesday):

I’ll be chatting on HuffPost Live about postpartum depression with other guests at 1:30pm Eastern.  If you want to watch the live streaming conversation, just click here.

Upcoming:

1) April 16-19 I’ll be in Washington DC at TEDMED, a medical technology and healthcare conference. It’s the health version of the other TED conferences and TED talks you may have heard about. I’m so thrilled to be a TEDMED Scholar this year. I’ve always wanted to attend this conference but could never afford it (the registration fee is $5,000), but this year I’ve received a full scholarship so I’ll be going and representing the voice of moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders!

2) April 27th I’ll be speaking in North Carolina, hosted by the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. If you’d like to learn more or attend, click here.

2) May 2-5 I’ll be speaking at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Laguna Niguel, California.

3) May 9-12 I’ll be attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Orlando. Thrilled to be invited this year and to attend a conference where I get to bring my family!

I really hope to see many of you soon!

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CNN Takes A Look At Postpartum Depression

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So CNN came to my house a while back. They wanted to do a segment on postpartum depression. Afterwards I didn’t hear anything, so I just moved on. Then last night Amber Koter-Puline of Beyond Postpartum sent me a link to this:

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I have to say I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled they took so much time and care with it, and didn’t try to sensationalize the topic of postpartum depression as the media so often does.

Many thanks to Joyce Joseph at CNN for putting this together. I hope lots of you watch it and click the thumbs up over on YouTube. I want the media to know how important it is to tell positive stories about postpartum depression. Stories that show that it’s common. That all kinds of moms get PPD. That we get better with treatment.

I also hope you’ll take the time to share it with women who may need help or organizations that might find it useful. This is SO important. I’m hoping moms see it so they’ll know they can get help, and so they’ll know Postpartum Progress exists as a resource for them, and in turn get linked to all of the other resources out there.

 

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Me, Queen Elizabeth & Catherine Zeta-Jones. Seriously.

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fierce listEvery now and then I get some really awesome news, and today would be one of those days.

I’m on More magazine’s annual Fierce List this year. As described by More, the Fierce List is a, “pride of lionesses … who’ve most impressed us with their brave stands, bold plans, daring artistry and kick-ass commitment.” Dude.

This year’s list of 54 women includes Queen Elizabeth, makeup-artist Bobbi Brown, singer Adele, Gloria Steinem, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, women’s basketball coach Pat Summit, author Joan Didion, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and … (gulp) … me.

I plead guilty to tooting my own horn on this one, but how likely is something like this going to happen again in my life?!?!! Probably never, I tell you! I’m in a magazine, y’all!  (imagine me dancing foolishly around my office in my sweats and unwashed face, because that’s exactly what I’m doing)

Go pick up a copy of More magazine’s May 2012 issue, on newsstands now and featuring Chelsea Handler on the cover, if you’re looking for inspiration. There are a lot of great stories in the Fierce List this year, featuring both famous and not-so-famous women. And thanks to all of you, because without you there’d be no way in hell I’d be on this list.

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Upcoming on Postpartum Progress: Chats, Events & Other Fun

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I'm hoping I may get to see some of you in person this week and next, so I wanted to give a quick calendar of what's happening, since it seems like there is a lot going on all at once. Because of all the traveling, there may be a fewer posts than normal, but don't worry, we never turn the lights out at Postpartum Progress!!!!

Wed., 6/8 – Tomorrow I'll be doing the March of Dimes Twitter Chat on postpartum depression from 1:30 to 2:30pm Eastern. If you are on Twitter and want to join, use the hashtag #pregnancychat .

Thurs., 6/9 – I'll be speaking in Atlanta at CETPA in Norcross about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and support for Latinas at 11:30am Eastern on behalf of MHA of Georgia's Project Health Moms.

Sat., 6/11 — I'll be in DC at the Mental Health America Media Awards luncheon from 12:30 to 2:30pm at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. There are lots of you in DC and I wish I could meet with you all, but I'm bringing my kids and husband with me and taking the time outside the luncheon to have a mini family vacation. Bring on the Smithsonian museums!!

Wed., 6/15 – I'll be in Edison, NJ, to speak at the Perinatal Mood Disorders Conference at Pines Manor. My speech is at 8:45 and is about how one size does not fit all when it comes to PMADs. For more info or to register, visit www.speakupevent.com.

6/23-6/25 — I'll be in Asheville, NC at the Type A Parent Conference. I can't wait, because I'm bringing my kiddos with me!! This is such a fun conference so I'm really looking forward to it.

If you have upcoming events I've missed, let me know!!

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