New Moms Sharing Stories and Support: How “The Mommy Group” Pulled Together through Postpartum Depression & Anxiety, Family Upheaval and the Joys and Challenges of Becoming Parents
Becoming a mother can be one of the most joyful periods in a woman’s life, but also one of the most difficult, thanks to sleeplessness, bodily changes, strain on partner relationships and, for many moms, depression and/or anxiety. But research shows that a strong support network is key to coping and moving toward a more even, positive path. Author Elizabeth Isadora Gold tells Marti & Erin her heartfelt story of the surprises she faced as a new mom and how she and her “Mommy Group” supported each other through (as her book’s subtitle says) “Freaking Out, Finding Friends and Surviving the Happiest Days of Her Life.” (By the way, Elizabeth has a daughter Clara, just like Erin!)
What were some of the surprises for you when you first became a parent? Did you experience post-partum depression and/or anxiety, as so many new moms do? As a new parent, where did you find (or didn’t you find?) support and encouragement, and how have you supported others?