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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Associations

Mission: The mission of Postpartum Progress is to give new families a stronger start by increasing awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and providing tools that connect moms to treatment. We are a peer-to-peer organization with three key focus areas: raising awareness, providing peer support for pregnant and new mothers and reducing stigma.

Programs: Postpartum progress offers in-depth information, support and hope for all pregnant and new moms who have postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, including postpartum anxiety, postpartum ocd, depression or anxiety during pregnancy, post-adoption depression, postpartum ptsd, depression after miscarriage or perinatal loss and postpartum psychosis.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Sarah284

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unfortunately I did not discover PPI until I was well into my recovery, but finding this organization has been a life changer! It has allowed me to connect to others and network, as well as help in the fight to end stigmas and help other women in need. Without PPI, I wouldn't have even known how to start, but their amazing resources and tools have been a God send when it comes to spreading the word to other women that they are not alone.

Rebecca153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that provides peer-to-peer support and stigma fighting against PPD and other postpartum mental health disorders. I have been involved with this group for 2-3 years now and the work they do is incredible. I started as a beneficiary of their support and have now transitioned to being a volunteer. I can't say enough awesome things about the group.

1 Laura268

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with amazing women fighting to end the stigma associated with postpartum depression. They have truly showed me that I'm not alone.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPI has given me the strength and knowledge to not only fight through my own darkness, but to help others into the light!

1 kaykreuger

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They offer amazing support for moms around the world and now the the ambassador program they are able to connect better with moms. Having an ambassador in a city you live in helps with the peer to peer support that postpartum progress is so good at offering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Postpartum progress is an amazing non profit that has help more families then they ever thought they could and me and my family are one of those families that they have helped. when i was depressed and lost i found postpartum progress and realized that i needed to go talk to my dr about how i was feeling. I am privileged enough to be able to help them spread the word and bring hope to other moms who thought that there was no hope. AMAZING IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY!!!!

1 Enjoli D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPI literally saved my life. Without their education and tools, my best friend wouldn't have reached out to me in my darkest hour and told me I wasn't alone. I am forever endebted to Post Partum Progress!

Heidi61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPI has helped me in so many ways. I not only have the tools I need to inform and help other mothers, I find strength in their stories as well. The peer to peer support system that PPI has helped me create has gotten me through some of the toughest times of my life.
I'm forever grateful of the guidance PPI has given me.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

After the birth of my first child, I found myself dealing with Postpartum depression. I was fortunate, however, to have a friend that was a psychiatric resident and was able to refer me to someone. The downside of this was that I had to wait 3 weeks to be seen. I was lucky in that I had also found a great group of moms through a community support group. After a couple of months I was doing so much better.

But then I had my son two months later. I did not have the same support group and I had moved out of my old neighborhood. That is when I found Postpartum Progress and all the great resources available. I wanted to give back and help other women in need as well, so I volunteered for their Climb out of the Darkness event and raised $1,000! Through this event I found a new network of moms--People to talk to, people to grab coffee with, people that support me and I them. This was SO INSTRUMENTAL in helping me recover the 2nd time around. This cause is very near and dear to me and I will always be a supporter.

I am currently leading the Baltimore team for Climb out of the Darkness and am so humbled by the people that are rallying around me. Making change is not a challenge for the timid or the passive, and I am proud to be a fellow warrior mom!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Postpartum Progress saved my life when I was suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD. The online support group was a resource I used often. They helped me find a specialist as close to where I live as possible. They have been supportive in a way I couldn't have imagined someone could be that I have never met. I will forever be grateful!

4 Kasey3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Postpartum Progress when I was pregnant with our first child in 2012. I had always considered myself very informed on postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders, but it was a great tool to have at my disposal to reinforce what I already knew and help me keep an eye on my own mental health. I follow Postpartum Progress on Facebook as well and it wasn't until a few months after our second child was born (late 2014) that I saw a blog post about another mom who experienced postpartum rage. Until this point, I didn't know that was even possible. I had found myself angry and yelling a lot (at everyone and everything), but I thought it was just my personality and I thought I had inherited the yelling from my upbringing. After I read this mom's story, and countless others like it, I made the connection that hey, this isn't "just the way I am", there is a cause for it, and there is treatment. There was still hope. I immediately contacted my midwife and rehashed everything I discovered on Postpartum Progress. She gave me an unofficial diagnosis and provided me with referrals for my next step in treatment. I have since joined the Climb Out of the Darkness movement, leading our own local Climb event since there wasn't one anywhere near here. If it weren't for the information on Postpartumprogress.org and their blog and Facebook, I may have never realized that rage is a symptom and is treatable. Thank you, Katherine Stone and all involved with Postpartum Progress. I knew a lot when I discovered your site, but now I know even more. I am not alone and there is always hope. Thank you for all you do.