Prenatal & Postpartum Depression Recovery Stories

Postpartum Depression Recovery Stories | You are Not Alone.

All women are at risk for depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. Pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders are common, treatable medical conditions. One in five women will experience distressing emotional reactions during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth. These emotional conditions also affect fathers and those who have adopted or suffered perinatal loss.

You are a good person and a good parent.

The mere fact that you are trying to stay well means that you are a good mother. You will not always need to manage these difficult feelings. You will get better, and you will feel like yourself again.

This section shares inspirational pregnancy and postpartum depression recovery stories. If you would like to contribute to the WellMama Recovery Stories, please click here to email us.

Supporting a Partner with Postpartum Depression

Recently, my wife asked me to write about my experiences with parenthood and the ongoing postpartum depression she has suffered since the birth of our first child. To be honest, I have found that to be an onerous task – not because I don’t have enough to say, but...

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Janet’s Story

Janet had been waiting years for a baby. Her first three pregnancies had resulted in early miscarriage. Finally, she was pregnant for the fourth time and had only a few weeks before the baby was due. No one could have wanted a baby as badly as she did. But the last...

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Waiting for Elijah

The night before you were born, there was so much lightning. It wasn’t raining though, just hot – the hottest night of the year. Sitting on the big blue birth ball, rocking from side to side, I’d rest my head on the hospital bed during the in-between. When a...

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A Tale of Baby Loss

In 2008, my baby in utero was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Caleb had an open-heart surgery at four days old, spent two weeks in the hospital recovering, lived for five weeks at home, and then had an undetermined traumatic event the Sunday...

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Happy Chaos

Competition is a good thing; I understood this concept at six years old when I got sent to sit at the wrong side of the classroom. My teacher told my parents that a little humiliation was good to get ahead in her classroom. Her formula was simple. She would divide the...

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Kerstin’s Postpartum Depression Story

I went through a severe perinatal mood disorder after my daughter was born. I guess it all started when she was being born. Her delivery didn't go "as expected" – which sounds stupid since one shouldn't expect anything in particular when giving birth, but somehow I...

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Jessica’s Postpartum Depression Story

Jessica is a Midwestern native and moved to Oregon with her husband Mike. Before coming, she taught school for four years and worked as a CNA for three. She is now a stay at home mom. Jessica has two young boys, George and Gilead, and has also had four miscarriages....

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My Experience with Motherhood

My story with depression is a long one and a difficult one to put into words. I haven’t only struggled with postpartum depression. I’ve been battling one form of depression or another for my entire life. Because of this, the struggle with postpartum depression has...

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Postpartum Depression in Men: Recovery Story

My Experience with Male Postpartum Depression Nick grew up in southern California and now lives in Springfield, Oregon. He works as a wine merchandiser for Southern Wine and Spirits and plays bass guitar in the local band Wanibra. He and his girlfriend had their first...

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Miscarriages and Healing

The first time I became pregnant, I had been married for just over a year. I was so excited to finally be a mother, something I had looked forward to for several years. I had started babysitting at the age of eleven and always wanted lots of babies of my own. I, of...

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My Experience with Birth Trauma

Jessica is a Midwestern native and moved to Oregon with her husband Mike. Before coming, she taught school for four years and worked as a CNA for three. She is now a stay at home mom. Jessica has two young boys, George and Gilead, and has also had four miscarriages....

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One Year Reflection

As my daughter Taylor's first birthday is coming up tomorrow, I've been dwelling a lot over this past year and all I've learned from it. How much Taylor's changed, I've changed, and our lives have changed. At the moment in which I'm writing this post, she is happily...

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