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. This is the last pledge post of this series and as the Co-Founder and Director of The Commit Campaign, as well as a new mother, I am blessed to have had the opportunity to partner with so many incredible mothers who have been willing to share their personal stories. My wish is that these pledges have brought you hope if you are a new mama.
Below is my extended pledge.
“I commit to speaking openly about my mental health and understanding that it is a unique journey.
About half way though my pregnancy I knew I wanted to somehow feature mental health and motherhood with The Commit Campaign. The rush of hormones was so intense, it made me think that once I delivered baby Oliver & felt ready, I would find a way to highlight mothers journeys of mental health, both good and bad.
Because of my family history of mental illness, I was almost waiting for anxiety or some sort of postpartum mental illness to occur. I didn’t dwell on it, or stop living my life. However, it was something that was always in the back of my mind.
Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Now here I am. 4 and a half months postpartum with no mental illness. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have hard days. There are lots of hard days but, it’s the littlest moments of joy, silliness, love and watching Oliver grow that get me through those hard days.
The first time I felt my son placed on my chest was the most incredible feeling ever. The first time I saw my son smile I took a mental picture, I think back on it often & it brings me peace. The sound of my sons laugh is a sound I replay over & over again in my mind when I’m stressed out.
These are the moments that carry me when I feel weak. These are the memories I reflect on when I feel like my mental health needs a ‘boost’. These are the moments I will cherish for life. •
I’ve been blessed with an incredible mom tribe who agreed to share their journeys of motherhood mental health. Today each of these mothers pledged to @commitcampaign & shared on their blog or social media accounts their raw stories. Today on The Commit Campaign website I wrote a special blog post about motherhood mental health, the vision behind this special photo shoot and project. I encourage you all to visit that post (link in my bio) and also follow The Commit Campaign because over the next month we’ll be sharing each of these mamas posts. Thank you to everyone who believed in this project & helped to make it come to life. ”
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.