Board Members Attend Warrior Mom Conference

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By Holly Fisher A week after I attended the second annual Warrior Mom Conference, the message a church was about how good leaders handle “threshold moments.” Most threshold moments are some blend of exciting and scary – college graduation, a new job, getting married. But some of our threshold moments are painful.

The question, then, is how do we handle those painful times? Are we buried by the pain or do we bury the pain? Or do we use that painful period to create a platform and an opportunity to help others crossing a similar painful threshold.

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Having a baby certainly qualifies as a threshold moment – both exciting and a little frightening. For a large number of moms, we go through another threshold – a painful one that comes in the form of a postpartum mood disorder.

For the longest time, I both buried the pain of postpartum depression and was buried by the pain. Ultimately, I asked for help, recovered and found that I could turn the pain into a platform, helping the thousands upon thousands of mothers who have a postpartum mood disorder.

So how incredibly moving to see close to 200 other women who have also chosen to rise above the pain of PPD and decide to use their darkest time to help others through theirs.

The Warrior Mom Conference is hosted by Postpartum Progress, a national nonprofit “working to vastly improve awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, and to provide peer leadership and support for the women who have them.”

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I attended along with three other board members of Postpartum Support Charleston. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with similar organizations around the country, fellow PPD advocates and moms who had survived the toughest situation motherhood can throw at them.

I was particularly thrilled to hear about research being done that could dramatically impact PPD treatment. Finally, this illness is being given the attention it deserves. And it was heartening to hear about the efforts all over the globe to end the stigma of PPD.

Our board members returned with plenty of great ideas on how we can continue to help moms and families here in the Charleston area. We know what it’s like to go through the pain of PPD. We care, we see you and we support you.

Holly is a PPD survivor and former president of the Postpartum Support Charleston board. 

Look for social media posts about the conference via #WarriorMomCon

Mothers & More Summerville Supports Grants for Women with Postpartum Mental Health Disorders

The Summerville Chapter of Mothers & More has donated more than $4,000 to Postpartum Support Charleston – a decision that came after the national organization of Mothers & More disbanded and the local chapter closed.

As the national organization closed, so did all the chapters, including Chapter 15 with 30 members in Summerville. Because all money raised by Chapter 15 was done so under the Mothers & More name, all funds were required to be turned back into the national organization when the closing date came. Prior to that, the group voted to donate its funds to Postpartum Support Charleston, explained Keri Scougale, former co-leader of Mothers & More Chapter 15.

Members of Mothers & More have launched a new organization, Summerville Moms, which now has almost 40 members. Summerville Moms is continuing where Mothers & More left off by being dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, connection and advocacy.

“There was no way to know if we would see any of that money again, but when we got the call that the majority of the funds we worked so hard to raise here locally were able to stay close to home and benefit other mothers in the Lowcountry, we were elated,” said Scougale, current co-leader of Summerville Moms. “As a chapter that was thriving, the closing of Mothers & More was very upsetting to all of us, but we’re glad to see something good come out of it. We are proud and honored to be able to help Postpartum Support Charleston and support their mission.”

The donation of $4,014.75 will further the work Postpartum Support Charleston helping Charleston area mothers struggling with postpartum mental health issues, such as postpartum depression or anxiety.

“This generous donation from Mothers & More Summerville chapter will allow our organization to do so much for mothers in the Lowcountry suffering with postpartum depression and anxiety,” explained Elaine DeaKyne, Postpartum Support Charleston board president. “Not only will we be able to provide more grants to mothers looking for financial assistance with therapy, but this will gives us an amazing opportunity to give back to the Summerville community. We have long talked about bringing a support group and providing more outreach materials to the Summerville area, and this money will allow us to continue spreading our message and offering much needed support to this community.”

Postpartum Support Charleston, run largely by volunteers, works with the local medical community to educate health care providers about postpartum mental health as well educating new moms, moms-to-be and their families about this issue. PSC also offers a number of peer-led support groups for moms who are struggling with postpartum mental health issues. For more information, visit www.PPDSupport.org.

About Postpartum Support Charleston Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country. For more information, visit www.PPDSupport.org.

Another Successful Moms' Run!

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who made the 2016 Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day such a success. We raised more than $27,000 at this year’s event and topped out at almost 500 registered participants. Be sure to check out the photos from the run on our Facebook page (thank you, Jerry Coli from Main St Rock Magazine for capturing the days festivities). The race results are posted online.

We also wanted to thank all of our participants that provided race feedback through our online survey. We heard great things from you all and are excited that everyone enjoyed the event again this year. The one area that we got the most feedback from as an area to improve was our race course. We anticipated this feedback this year and hoped that the extra entertainment on the course would help make for an exciting course. We do see that this is an area that will still need improvement for next year. Due to certain restrictions and at the request of the city, we are unable to route our race through the beautiful Daniel Island neighborhoods as we have in years past. We understand that this is the most desired route, and we miss it just as much as all of you! Since this aspect of the race is out of our control, we will work to make some small course adjustments and amp up entertainment on the route to make your race experience an enjoyable one. And with that, we are already gearing up for our 2017 event! If you’re interested in being on the planning committee, sponsoring the Moms’ Run or participating as a vendor, please email us at momsrun@ppdsupport.org.

 

Thank you for all of your support and thank you for helping mother's and their families in the Lowcountry!

Trident Health Supports Grants for Women with Postpartum Mental Health Disorders

Trident Health has committed to supporting Charleston area mothers struggling with postpartum mental health issues, including postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and more. Trident is helping fund treatment grants provided by local nonprofit Postpartum Support Charleston.

In 2015, Trident Health continued its support of Postpartum Support Charleston by sponsoring the annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day as well as supporting the grants Postpartum Support Charleston provides to women in need.

The Trident Health Grants are given to mothers in the Charleston area who need medical treatment and counseling for postpartum mental health disorders but may not have insurance or the financial means to afford treatment. Women can apply for a grant online at PPDSupport.org. They receive a $500 grant for treatment; a second grant may be awarded as needed. Postpartum Support Charleston pays health care providers directly on behalf of the grant recipient.

In 2015, Postpartum Support Charleston awarded $1,500 in grants.

“It’s important for mothers to understand postpartum depression, anxiety and other postpartum mental health disorders are treatable,” explained Elaine DeaKyne, Postpartum Support Charleston board president. “Our mission is to encourage women to get the necessary treatment so they can heal and care for their families. We never want a mother to forego treatment simply because she doesn’t have insurance or can’t afford counseling.”

More than 20 percent of new moms will experience a postpartum mood disorder in the first year after the birth of a baby. Symptoms include: feelings of anger or irritability; lack of interest in the baby; appetite and sleep disturbance; crying and sadness; feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness; loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy; and possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself.

Trident Health hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – deliver more babies than any other health system in the Lowcountry.

“We are not only committed to the families who choose Trident for their childbirth experience, but we are also honored to support them further through the work of Postpartum Support Charleston,” said Todd Gallati, CEO and president of Trident Health. “This organization, run largely by volunteers, is to be commended for their work with the local medical community to educate health care providers and new moms about postpartum mental health.”

Postpartum Support Charleston, run largely by volunteers, works with the local medical community to educate health care providers about postpartum mental health as well educating new moms, moms-to-be and their families about this issue. PSC also offers a number of peer-led support groups for moms who are struggling with postpartum mental health issues. For a list of support groups, visit PPDSupport.org.

About Postpartum Support Charleston Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country. For more information, visit www.PPDSupport.org.

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Pictured, from left, are Pam Brock, Trident vice president of marketing; Elaine DeaKyne, Postpartum Support Charleston board president; Erin Herrmann, Postpartum Support Charleston board member; Dee Bien, Trident director of women’s and children’s services; and Todd Gallati, Trident CEO and president.

Postpartum Support Charleston Is Hiring

Our organization is growing and our goal is to grow our outreach in the local community. Right now the work done by Postpartum Support Charleston is all thanks to some amazing volunteers, but we could use some more help in our efforts. So, we are hiring!

Job Posting – Postpartum Support Charleston

Postpartum Support Charleston is seeking a part-time development coordinator to assist with medical outreach and relationship building, event planning, volunteer management and administrative duties. Qualified candidate will have excellent written and verbal skills. Will be responsible for cultivating relationships with key donors and members of the medical community. Will also be responsible for recruiting, scheduling and ensuring a positive experience for organization volunteers. This person will be responsible for helping to further the mission of the organization with the help and support of the board of directors.

Key event responsibilities

  • Organizing and managing annual 5K event and additional events as needed.
  • Develop analyze and work within budgets; maintain accurate accounting of events costs and income.
  • Manage vendor needs and requirements, to include insurance and permitting.
  • Develop timelines to meet special event objectives. Monitor to assure milestones are on track and reporting is on time. Recommend corrective actions.
  • Develop supplies checklist for each event, customizing checklist template based on individual event needs.
  • Determine volunteer needs for each event and provide a listing to committee leads.
  • Management of event logistics, including: the development of the site plan, oversight of setup/break-down materials, management of manpower needs, activities coordination, supply delivery, and other activities as needed.
  • Compile results from the event, perform preliminary evaluation of performance to goals, and provide results to board.
  • Help recruit members and attend all committee meetings.
  • Setup and management of race registrant system.
  • Assist with social media and marketing development.
  • Able to meet with vendors, deliver and pick up materials across the tri-county area.
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds occasionally and based on event needs.
  • Scheduling will require occasional evening and weekend commitment.

Key organization responsibilities

  • Work with the board of directors to identify and cultivate relationships in the community, including but not limited to, professionals in the medical field.
  • Facilitate the development of relationships with the medical community through presentations, personal meetings, regular communications or arranging meetings with members of the board.
  • Research community events and coordinate participation as needed.
  • Assist with creation and distribution of support and marketing materials to be distributed to the medical community.
  • CRM constituent and donor management (experience with eTapestry a plus).
  • Help manage and develop constituent outreach to include e-newsletter, social media outlets and email communication.
  • Help facilitate and coordinate support group volunteer activities and assist with training needs.
  • Research local grants and assist with application process.
  • General administrative tasks.

This job can be done from any location and has flexible hours with an average of 15 hrs/week. Please send cover letter and resume to info@ppdsupport.org. Application deadline is December 9th.

Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country.