According to the American Psychological Association, between 9-16% of women in the US experience postpartum depression following pregnancy. And after experiencing it myself following the birth of my first son, I learned how all-encompassing the symptoms could be. I found myself full of guilt and shame. Surely no one would understand what I was feeling. What I didn't realize was that many women deal with these symptoms to varying degrees after pregnancy. And we should all feel comfortable discussing our feelings!
I have begun an ongoing project with the purpose of highlighting the symptoms of PPD, communicating the emotions involved, and letting others who experience these symptoms know that they are not alone!