Postpartum Progress

Postpartum ProgressMothers who have had a difficult pregnancy, traumatic birth, a baby in the NICU or a loss experience know firsthand the complex “roller coaster” of emotions, anxiety, stress, trauma and grief. While these are natural response to extraordinary circumstances, it is all too common for some mothers to suffer from lingering mental health issues postpartum. As May is “Maternal Mental Health” month, we are pleased to feature nonprofit support organization Postpartum Progress® that is doing so much to raise awareness of postpartum mental health and the support that is available to all mothers.

Postpartum Progress® is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, including:

  • postpartum anxiety,
  • postpartum OCD,
  • depression during pregnancy (antenatal depression),
  • post-adoption depression,
  • postpartum PTSD,
  • depression after miscarriage or perinatal loss and
  • postpartum psychosis.

Postpartum Progress® focuses on positive messages of empowerment and recovery, because they believe PPD and other disorders are temporary and treatable with professional help.

Katherine Stone

Katherine Stone

Postpartum Progress® was founded in 2004 by Katherine Stone after a devastating bout of postpartum depression following the birth of her first child. Katherine Stone is now a nationally-recognized advocate for woman and her award-winning blog consistently ranks as one of the top sites for information and support for woman on the subjects of depression and pregnancy/childbirth. The site offers original articles written by Katherine Stone and her expert contributors, guidance on the symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after childbirth, how to get help, support from other mothers and daily hope and inspiration for mothers who are trying to navigate through the daily challenges of postpartum depression and anxiety.

Hand to Hold asked Katherine Stone what she felt was the importance of highlighting maternal mental health:

She shares, “I’m so grateful people are recognizing the importance of the emotional health of new mothers in May via Maternal Mental Health Month. I’m hoping it really catches on, because a mom’s mental health is crucial for the health and future success of her new family. The more we talk about this, the more new mother’s will know if they need help and where to get it.”

On Mobile, view her video “One Thing You Should Know About Post Partum Depression


  1. I lost my baby girl on sept 11th. She was due January 7th. For some reason my cervix began to dilate and after being life flighted and 3 days tipped back in a hospital bed, praying to keep her in my water broke and she was born. Her lungs and body weren’t strong enough to keep going and 5 minutes after a live birth my Eve was gone. My husband seen her alive and cut the cord but when I was handed my daughter she was cold and gone.we laid her to rest in a family plot. But a little over a month later I find it so hard to function. If I didn’t have other children I don’t know that I’d be where I am even. This pain is like no other and it’s so overwhelming,

  2. Hello Laura,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet baby girl. I wanted you to know that I’ve passed on your note to one of our Family Support Navigators who is going to get in touch with you. (support [at] handtohold [dot] org) We also have curated many resources and family stories from families who have had a journey like yours in case it is helpful to you – Many hugs, Amy

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