Postpartum Progress Annual Mother’s Day Rally next weekend, May 8th!

Next Sunday, May 8th, Mother’s Day – Postpartum Progress will host the 3rd annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health will be held online, featuring 24 open letters to pregnant and new mothers on the importance of maternal mental health. All of the letters will be written by survivors of and experts on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, as well as others who care about the emotional well-being of moms and moms-to-be.

The event will be hosted at Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Each hour, on the hour, for 24 hours straight, Postpartum Progress will post a different “Letter to New Moms.” Some of the participants in this year’s Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health include:

Heather King from The Extraordinary Ordinary

Becky Harks from Mommy Wants Vodka and Band Back Together

Morra Arons-Mele from Women and Work

Janice Croze from 5 Minutes for Mom

Morgan Shanahan from The 818 and BlogHer Entertainment Editor

Nish Weiseth from The Outdoor Wife and A Deeper Story

Sharon DeVellis from The Yummy Mummy Clug

Kristen Howerton from Rage Against the Minivan and She Posts

Rebecca Odes, co-author of the book From the Hips and The New Mom Blog

Arianne Segerman from To Think Is To Create and Lifetime Moms

Grace Parson from Arms Wide Open

Katie Sluiter from Sluiter Nation and The Red Dress Club

Joey Fortman from Real Mom in the Media

Molly Shalz from A Day in Mollywood

Christine Gleason from Cutest Kid Ever

Emily Elling from DesignHER Momma

Molly Balint from Mommycoddle

Casey Mullins from Moosh in Indy

Maria Lianos from A Mother World

Kate Kripke, LCSW from Postpartum Progress

Susan Petcher from Learned Happiness

Jacqueline Green from Great Parenting Practices

Sonia Murdock, founder of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York

Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress

Nearly 1 million women each year suffer from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression in the United States alone, yet only 15% of women are ever treated. Postpartum Progress and its eponymous non-profit Postpartum Progress, Inc., were established to improve awareness of these illnesses and create better services and support for the women who need and deserve it.

Postpartum Progress’ current projects include Daily Hope and the Surviving and Thriving Mother’s Photo Album.

Past rallies have produced moving, touching letters of maternal experience worthy of publication! You may find the words of yourself or someone you know echoing through the hourly posting of these personal revelations, courage and wisdom.

I look forward to reading these missives and hope you will join me on Mother’s Day!

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