On Mother’s Day weekend, honor moms everywhere by supporting a cause that helps women and their families suffering from postpartum mood disorders. Postpartum Support Charleston is hosting the 12th annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Runners and walkers can join the 5K run/walk starting at Blackbaud and winding through Daniel Island before ending back at the stadium for Family Fun Day. In 2014, more than 400 people registered for the race.
This annual certified 5K Moms’ Run is Postpartum Support Charleston’s largest fundraiser, allowing the organization to further its mission of educating, supporting and healing women suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. Postpartum Support Charleston offers support for women going through PPD and their families as well as community resources and education plus grants for women who may need financial assistance getting treatment for postpartum depression.
A Family Fun Day and awards ceremony will follow the race. Participants can enjoy music, free food and plenty of children’s activities, including a jump castle, face painting, crafts and games. Family Fun Day is included in race registration.
More than 20 percent of new moms will experience postpartum depression 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.
“Unfortunately, many women feel too embarrassed and guilty to seek help and treatment for postpartum depression,” said Holly Fisher, PPD survivor and board president for Postpartum Support Charleston. “Having PPD does not mean women are bad mothers and they should know PPD is very treatable. There is no reason to suffer in silence.
“We encourage everyone to come out this event and celebrate mothers and families,” Fisher added. “If you know a mom, have a mom or are a mom, this event is for you.”
Race registration is $25; $30 for stroller registration (includes child T-shirt); $15 for children 10 and under. Those who register by April 19 will receive a T-shirt, printed bib and race bag. Prices increase $5 on May 1. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or support the cause as a non-runner/walker for $25.