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Hello and Welcome to my blog. I am glad that you are here.

I am a mom who has experienced Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD). I am now a Postpartum Depression Awareness & Support Activist.

I entitled my blog "It Takes A Village" in reference to the African proverb that is so commonly known. I feel very strongly that we as a society have set very high standards and expectations of new mothers to take care of their children on their own, without support or help after the first week or so.

I think we have it backwards: New Mom's need respite and support whether they are well or not. We need support and encouragement, and someone to relieve us so that we can get some sleep and time to rejuvienate.


My aim with this blog is to bring awareness to the world, and support to other Moms (and possibly Dads) that are going through this experience. I am passionate about reducing stigma as it creates the barrier that keeps women silent and suffering. I want Moms to feel safe enough to share their story and get the support and help they need to get better.


I encourage you, if you believe you may be experiencing more than the "baby blues" to seek out help. You will not be judged or criticized. The goal of all list here on this blog are to support you and help you heal so that you may live the life you dreamed of with your child.


This blog is a work in progress, please check in often to see more updates and new information!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It Takes a Village To Raise a Child...Yes, even in North America!




June, 2015  


For any new mother, self-care must be her top priority. I have heard many objections to this, as most mother's say that the welfare of the child comes first.  But, think of it this way: If you are not at your best then how can you be the best for your child?
I'm sure you know why you are told by the airline attendant to put your oxygen mask on first and then assist your child. It is the same thing here.
A NEW MOTHER'S SELF-CARE PRIORITY LIST:
  •    REST  
  •    PROPER NUTRITION
  •    EXERCISE  
  •    VITAMIN  D in the Winter & FRESH AIR ALL YEAR
  •    RESPITE AND SUPPORT IS # 1 on the list for PPMD Moms. 

For mom's that are not suffering from PPMD,  I would place it at # 4. It is still necessary!  You need extra arms to hold the baby to give you a break. These arms can also help you clean, make you food, let you rest, or even go out for a coffee break with a friend.  This means even AFTER the two weeks your husband or spouse may get off after your child is born. It is surprising to know that there are a lot of new Mother's who don't have anyone to help out. It may be also surprising to know that almost ALL new moms think it is NORMAL to do it alone. 

So, take care of yourself first. You are important. You are valued and loved.



Lisa  Molinelli ~ Postpartum Mood Disorder Educator, Global Awareness and Respite Advocate 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

In Memory of Mothers who Suffered with PPMD




Please join me in this online memorial on  August 14, 2013.  We have chosen this day in honour of a Mother who lost her life on this day last year, leaving behind a distraught husband, an 18 month old daughter and a 5 year old son. They live in India. She worked in the medical field; which is an indication of the lack of awareness and support there. Unfortunately, she is not the only one.

Her husband Rajesh, and his friends started a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aboutpostpartum?fref=ts  to help promote awareness and reduce stigma.

Please help us spread the word on this day. One share will go a long way.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Lisa