Written Stories

Danielle Gwiazda

My name is Danielle. I'm 38 years old and the proud mother of a beautiful almost 3 year old and 17 month old. I love them more than I can put into words. I never quite understood when people told me about how they would give their lives for their children. I get it now. There's a lot I get now. But it's taken me a long time to get here. Back up about a year ago and I was crying on the couch of some doctor that I had just met 5 minutes ago. For me, I had hit rock bottom. I was being evaluated for medication for post-partum depression. At the time, I thought that was the most disgraceful, shameful and pathetic thing I could be doing. I don't think that now. As I said, there's a lot I get now.

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Ashley Hanna Morgan

On a good day, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (PPD) is something I want to shove aside and pretend wasn’t an unwelcome houseguest at 6150 Buckingham Parkway. On a bad day, PPD won’t let me forget that it moved in approximately six weeks after the birth of our daughter, EV, unannounced and with many bags to unpack. 

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Lori Short

I have always suffered with depression. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder about six years ago, but it was still somehow a surprise when I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. 

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Stephanie Wiand

Not long ago, I was at a park on an especially beautiful day. Engaged in watching my sweet little boy, I overhead a lady nearby, animatedly telling a pregnant mom about her amazing birth experience. ‘Maybe it’s because they’re a Christian hospital,’ she said. ‘They’re so pro-mom and so pro-attachment. They do everything they can to keep mom and baby together. I loved it there!’ The two of them continued to gush, and by the time they finished talking, I found myself feeling like I was floating far, far away.

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Kimberly Wong

As a lawyer and an attorney in the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, I have always considered myself to be strong, energetic and emotionally stable.  But I know from first hand experience how it feels to suffer from the downward spiral of perinatal depression and anxiety. 

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Kelsey Woods

My husband and I had no difficulty getting pregnant. We decided we were ready to start a family on November 1st 2015, and we were in disbelief starring at a positive pregnancy test on January 12th 2016. We were thrilled, and felt so blessed....

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