The Commit Campaign is proud to have partnered with so many inspiring mothers for the Mama’s Make Their Mark project. Parenthood is an incredibly difficult yet rewarding journey. We want to honor that journey and raise awareness about a mother’s mental health through these series of pictures and blog post.
Below is Amelia Dennie’s extended pledge.
“Motherhood is hard. Mental illness is hard. Put them together and it can feel like the world is coming down on your shoulders with no help in sight.
I am committing to supporting women through the unexpected of becoming a mother. I am committing to supporting women no matter how their birth story turns out or how their baby’s health looks when they arrive into this brand-new world. I am committing to listening without judgment and empathizing with every emotion, even the ones that may not make a lot of sense. I commit to being vulnerable with my postpartum mental health experience in hopes of creating a safer place for new moms to open up as well. But most importantly, I am committing to loving myself through the unexpected in my story as a mother and commit to allowing myself to feel every single bit of emotion that comes while I process what happened.
I will not pretend to have it all together. I won’t pretend like along with my excitement to have more kids one day is a whole lot of fear and self-doubt. I won’t pretend like I don’t worry my next pregnancy will be filled with anxiety and fear. But I am working on all those things and trying to embrace the unexpected. As I am starting the journey to becoming a Certified Doula, I cannot wait to hold these commitments closely and support women in their journeys bringing their children into this world, just as other women around me have supported me.
For more information on breaking the stigmas surrounding mental health and for resources if you or someone you love is struggling, visit The Commit Campaign. A campaign creating a community where we can speak freely about mental health and suicide prevention.”
To read Amelia’s full inspiring story you can visit her blog here!
Pictures: Amaes Photography
Makeup: Muze Beauty
If you or someone you know is in need of postpartum support you can call this number: 1-800-944-4PPD (4773 ). English and Spanish lines are available.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
If you want to share your story you can visit the ‘Share your Story‘ section under our Blog tab on our website. By giving your testimony you can help to create a larger network of those that have experienced mental health issues, mental illness or suicide loss.