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On the Move: 14 Tips for Healing from Sexual Trauma

. Licensed Professional Counselor Kathy Morelli and I are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual trauma and how it can affect the stages of motherhood (pregnancy, birth & postpartum). She offers great advice on ways to help.  I myself have experienced a date rape, and while that one time event is not ongoing sex abuse, … [Read more...]

Mental Health after Infant Loss & Miscarriage

. TRIGGER WARNING: Infant Loss & Miscarriage. GUEST POST By: Colleen, a wife, mom, homeschooler, missionary and writer. She currently serves alongside her husband and five sons as a founder of the non-profit St. Bryce Missions and is part of the ground team in Tayutic, Costa Rica. She wears a lot of hats in her daily life, but the most … [Read more...]

PPMD Screening: A Matter of Life Or Death

. GUEST POST By: A'Driane, mama of three, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of transparency and vulnerability, she owns her story … [Read more...]

Bare Feet on the Dashboard

. Earlier this year I joined the blogging community Social Fabric. I love it. Its a network of all types of bloggers who offer support, brainstorming, education, and opportunities for work-at-home bloggers like me to earn money and contribute to their families' financial welfare. The campaign managers and clients treat us as the professionals we … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health

I am so honored to be a part of this event on Mother's Day and during Maternal Mental Health Month! Sunday, May 12th is the 5th annual Mother's Day Rally for Moms' Mental Health, featuring 24 letters from survivors of PPD, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression after weaning and/or postpartum psychosis. Their purpose is to inform and … [Read more...]

A Message of Hope for PPD Mamas

Finding HOPE in the midst of postpartum depression can be so very trying . I know, I've been there. I understand the isolation, the guilt, the desire to run away. Right now--today--are you struggling? Do you feel like no one will ever understand? Do you feel like a terrible mother? Do you feel like all the moms around you handle motherhood so … [Read more...]

“Baby-Friendly” Hospital Action Alert

What an interesting week its already been! On Monday Lee Jeans posted my Mom Body Image Roller Coaster post on their Facebook page including this graphic of little ole me. ----------------->     Then today MomsRising.org emailed an "Action Alert" to all of its members including the story of my breastfeeding struggle with … [Read more...]

The Mom Body Image Roller Coaster

The Mom Body Image Roller Coaster. I've struggled with depression for many years. And with it my weight. And of course pregnancy and motherhood brings on a whole new level of mental and physical challenges. Back in 2005 when my husband and I were trying to conceive our first child (for a year) my sadness crept in and my weight crept up. We … [Read more...]

On Their Own Timeline: World Prematurity Day

GUEST POST By: Julie Howard, Preemie Mom @apreemiething It's a Preemie Thing You never go into a pregnancy thinking you may have a preemie unless 1.You already had one or 2. You were a preemie.  I had neither of those things, so my first pregnancy I expected to be a happy pregnant lady who bought all the cool stuff for her child.  Then I woke up … [Read more...]

Preemie Parent Postpartum

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. I'm not a preemie mom. But after the birth of Ellie in February 2010 I had postpartum depression and anxiety, and during that time started my jewelry business to try and help distract myself, and give myself a creative outlet and some me time. During that period, through a series of events related to that … [Read more...]

A New Arrival

In June, Katy guest posted here on Motherhood Unadorned "On Being Pregnant, Again" , sharing her emotional struggle with an unplanned pregnancy. Please read her story here, which is so heartfelt in its honesty. I'm happy to tell you that her 3rd daughter Asher Eleanor was born this week, and Katy wanted to share her daughter's birth story with you. … [Read more...]

Strong Start Day for Postpartum Moms

Today October 5th is my son Ronin's 4th Birthday! Today October 5th is my brother Ron's 35th Birthday! Today October 5th is the day when more children are born each year than any other day. Wow! Who knew!? When Ronin was born, I had already been suffering from prenatal and perinatal depression. I was treated. I knew that I was at great … [Read more...]

My Baby’s Turning 4!

So I neglected to mention in yesterday's post that this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. The blog has been oh-so-full-of-the-happy lately, hasn't it? Well I'm changing that today because tomorrow Wednesday October 5th my first born, my baby boy Ronin, turns 4! Wow. Crazy how time flies. Ronin is a beautiful soul. Smart. Affectionate. A … [Read more...]

After The World Stopped Turning

I am blessed to have Zoie on the blog today. This is post she wrote (first anonymously) about her own experience being suicidal after the birth of her stillborn daughter. Today she is ready to share her journey publicly here on Motherhood Unadorned in honor of Suicide Prevention Week. I am very thankful she is still here today to do so.  Trigger … [Read more...]

Band Back Together: Our Beginnings

I'M WITH THE BAND. Not familiar with THE BAND? Well in June, I was fortunate enough to have one of my posts published on the fabulous group blog Band Back Together. If you've never checked it out, please do so. This is a blog for survivors, all survivors. Anyone can share their stories and give each other support. I'm so honored to have Aunt … [Read more...]

From Infertility to a Preemie Miracle: Lilly’s Story

Part 2 of Jill's journey. After over 10 years of infertility, Jill is blessed by the miracle of her premature daughter Lilly. Stay tuned next week for Part 3 of her story. Thank you Jill for sharing so much of yourself with us.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GUEST POST … [Read more...]

Help Siblings through the New Baby Transition

CO-AUTHORED POST By: Gretchen Covine & Cristi Comes Nothing can break your heart or dampen your new-baby-bliss quite like signs of jealousy from your existing children. In fact, acting out by your older kids can sometimes be a trigger for PPD and other postpartum mood issues. So it’s definitely nothing to sneeze at. This is … [Read more...]

Over 10 Years for Our Big Fat Positive!

I'd like to give a very warm welcome to a fabulous online friend of mine Jill. She is such a ray of sunshine. I *met* Jill when she purchased one of my necklaces for her grandmother. Her super sweet husband Joe then surprised Jill for Christmas with her very own EllieAdorn mama necklace. Jill started her own small business LillyBelle's Closet … [Read more...]

First Time

I was nervous. What in the world would it feel like? Would it be different? Would it be different for him? Our lives had changed dramatically. Our love had changed in so many ways. Now we were three. A little human lay between us each night physically separating us. The hormones suppressed my desire. The weight gain suppressed my … [Read more...]

On Being Pregnant, Again

GUEST POST By: Katy Afruma, a partner to one, mama to two (third due in October), a runner and a childbirth and breastfeeding educator and advocate. http://repeanut.wordpress.com/ I've been quiet about this pregnancy. It’s unusual for me to have so little to say about anything in particular. And I'll be the first to admit, it's taken me a long … [Read more...]

A Crisis in Pregnancy. A Crisis at Birth. Postpartum Depression

. GUEST POST By: Cristina Ward, Mom of 3-year-old Sofia To My Sofia, Yes I wanted a child. I wanted Sofia so badly, I promise. It took me a very long time to get pregnant and we didn’t know how it wasn’t happening. My husband and I had been married for 5 years and we both felt it was time, we were both ready. Turns out I couldn’t … [Read more...]