Social Good: How Much Can A Blog Really Help People?
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting pieces from our Founding Mission List Members. Every day, these women are using their influence to shape their communities and create positive change at home and abroad. The below post is an excerpt from a piece by Katherine Stone. Be sure to check out the full article over at Postpartum Progress. I’m asked all the time what kind of impact Postpartum Progress has had. I know, for instance, we have put nearly 2,000 stories out on the internet to support women with postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, depression during pregnancy, postpartum psychosis and more. I know we have millions of page views, not to mention our presence on Twitter and Facebook and in the parenting media.
What counts, though, is the lives of pregnant and new mothers. For everyone who has asked, we think we should leave it to some of our readers to answer those questions:
Reading the blog posts today on your website was a tremendous wake-up call for me. I (coincidentally) have my yearly exam with my (new) OB tomorrow, and I plan to bring up my feelings of postpartum depression with her … [your blog] provided me with the assurance that I needed to understand that I am not alone in what I am feeling. Most importantly, I was given the impetus to start truly addressing and treating my PPD. I hope that in this case, some things are better done late than never … — C.D.
My husband and I both love your blog. It’s helped us to realize that there’s hope, even in the darkest of days. I can’t tell you how much that means to us. – P.M.B.
I cannot tell you the immediate relief I felt knowing that I was not the first mother to have these horrible thoughts … I cannot thank you enough for sharing your story. You saved me the months of agony you went through. Because of you I’m no longer afraid to tell my husband, my family and my healthcare provider about these thoughts … I know that I need help, but I also know that I am not crazy. Thank you. – S.C.
I use your website, your words and your hard work to help the mothers with whom I come in contact. They may never be able to tell you how much they appreciate it, so I wanted to take the time. – S.M. (community outreach coordinator, child abuse prevention program)
Your site has been such a tremendous help to me this past year … like, more than you know. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to educate, and most of all for bringing hope to women struggling like me. At times like this when I feel as though I can’t take another second, I remember that other women have made it through to the other side. I hang onto that thought tooth and nail. It gives me strength to push through. – K.M.
Your website is amazing – it is helping to save lives and I know you don’t take that statement lightly – it shows in the work you do to keep mothers like myself going on. — K.A.
Reading Postpartum Progress was when I began to feel like a warrior instead of a failure. — S.
Katherine Stone is an award-winning, nationally-recognized peer advocate for women who suffer mental illnesses related to pregnancy & childbirth. She is the creator & editor of Postpartum Progress, and a survivor of postpartum OCD.