Thank you for writing a letter to Mothering and sharing their response to you. I just wrote a letter to the editor, but after writing it, I wondered if I might just go ahead and try to submit "my story of PPD" and just see what happens.
I know Jane Honikman and am glad they are going to do a story for Mothering!!! That is fantastic new, huh?
I'll give you a copy of what I might send to Mothering in the form of a letter to the editor, typos and all
I am a 39 yr old mother of 3 wonderful kids, having given birth to my last one 18 mths ago. My first 2 were hospital births and after much research decided on a home birth for my 3rd. As my pregnancy progressed, I poured myself into each new Mothering that came in the mail. I also had a friend give me all of her older Mothering Magazines as well. I wanted to be as prepared as possible! I decided against many of the unnecessary tests and was looking forward to "Ecstasy in Childbirth"! I felt this time I was really ready for a better experience and looking forward to a home birth with my mid-wives.
I had a normal delivery and a healthy 10lb 3oz baby girl. What I didn't expect came on day 2 post partum. I experienced a huge panic attack followed by ungoing anxiety and panic attacks and depersonalization. I figured I must have "snapped" and had lost my mind! It was the most horrible time of my life! After a couple weeks of trying to find out what was wrong with me, I discovered that I was suffering from a post partum mood disorder, better known as PPD (post partum depression).
I wondered why I hadn't read or heard of any of the symptoms that I was experiencing. I went looking through all my Mothering issues and could not find any information on PPD. I did, however, find the article in the March-April 2002 issue about medications and breast feeding to be extremely reassuring.
I am currently a moderator on a PPD website (ppdsupportpage.com). As many as 6 out of 10 women experience some level of a post partum mood disorder and up to 2/3's suffer in silence. I am constantly amazed at how this illness is still kept "in the closet". This doesn't have to be this way. Please consider adding some information on post partum mood disorders so that your readers may be educated and know what could happen to them and most importantly, where to turn to for help. You can help break the silence!
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I would like to add that I would be more than happy to write an article for Mothering. I could write my story if you would like. I also know that Tonya Rosenberg or Jessica Banas, the administrators of ppdsupportpage.com would be great resources for writing up an article on PPD. Thank you so much for your time!
If it would be better for me to submit an article without publishing my letter to the editor, please let me know. I will be working on my story for a considered submission and will send that to you soon.