Twin Cities Mothers Combat Postpartum Depression

Updated: 04/21/2014 9:13 AM
Created: 04/20/2014 1:33 PM
By: Kate Renner

Motherhood is supposed to be one of the most rewarding and joyful roles, but often the first couple of months after having a new baby, moms are exhausted and emotional. For one in five women, the "baby blues" lasts much too long, turning into postpartum depression.

The co-directors of an organization called Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota talked with KSTP about this disorder and how you can help.

Two months after Crystal Clancy delivered her baby girl Kira, she was having thoughts of escaping her life. "I really had a plan one day to put her down for a nap and take my son away and pack up for six months," said Clancy, co-director of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota.

It was that thought that shook her to the core.

"It seems so ridiculous to me but at that time it was very sad and I felt I couldn't tell anybody I was having those thoughts," said Clancy.

That fear of being labeled a "bad mom" also haunted Lisa Cross.

"I'd been having all of these horrific thoughts of harm happening to my child and being really scared for her safety, scared someone was going to hurt her," said Lisa Cross, Co-Director of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota.

Cross suffered from postpartum anxiety OCD.

"I just dealt with it on my own and thought you've got to figure this out, figure out how to get through it," said Cross.

They have gotten through it. Lisa and Crystal realized through the highs and lows of new-motherhood; more support was needed for moms to get through the dark times.

"Get the word out there that there are specialists in this area who understand, who get it, who aren't going to judge you," said Clancy.

In honor of Maternal Mental Health month in May, the group is putting on its first 5K run/walk to raise money for more awareness, so women don't have to suffer alone.

In fact, they rejoice in the gift of their daughters.

"I just adore her to pieces, it's been so fun having her. She's just my little free-spirit," said Clancy.

"When I look at her and see her playing and happy and that she does have an amazing life, that I did that, and I did a good job with it," said Cross.

The 5K Daisy Dash is on May 18 at 10 a.m. at the Steve Michaud Park in Lakeville.

You can find more information on the PPSM helpline and online resources here.

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