Ugly Babies and Postnatal Depression? REALLY?


Ok, so there are no words for this one. Maybe there are. But they are not nice ones. I, well, let’s just say some things have slipped out of my mouth in reaction to this doozy that I am not proud of at all. Justified, yes. Nice? Heck no.

Study: “Ugly” Babies and Postnatal Depression

Contact Information for Dr. Reiner Sprengelmeyer

My email to Dr. Reiner Sprengelmeyer just moments ago:

Dear Dr Reiner Sprengelmeyer:

My name is Lauren Hale and I am a two time survivor of Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder along with a Major Depressive Episode who now dedicates her time providing peer support and education to families who find themselves struggling with a Perinatal Mood Disorder or Paternal Postnatal Depression. I also blog – something I started doing after discovering an unplanned third pregnancy.

I read an article today regarding the recent research you did in which the cuteness sensitivity of young women, men, and menopausal women towards babies was studied. At the end of the article, it stated the researchers planned to study further to uncover if there was a link between the cuteness and Postnatal Depression. I have to admit that I find this vein of research very difficult to understand and I am hoping you would be willing to shed some light on how any conclusion of this research would end in a positive for women struggling with Postnatal Depression. I can tell you that both of my children with whom I suffered PPD are absolutely beautiful and we have constantly been stopped by strangers (and continue to be even now when they are older) to be told how beautiful our children are. How do you dare to even imply to a mother who is already grappling with tremendous guilt about her depressed state that it *may* have something to do with her “ugly” baby? If there is any sympathetic bone in your body, please do not continue with this research. The conclusions can only lead to negativity and harm. If you feel differently, I sincerely would like to hear your side of the story as to why this research is necessary.

Warmest,

Lauren Hale

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. Hrmph.

Unappetizing Advertising


C’mon, we’ve all seen them.

The horrible commercials for a food product or restaurant that just makes us cringe? Yeah, we’ve all seen them.

The one in question at the moment is for a famous sub company.

The theme of the commercial is packing up your hunger – and hold on to your seats -sending it on a YUM ROCKET.

Seriously?

A YUM ROCKET?

What am I, three?

And frankly I’m not even going to go the other direction.

*sighs*

Makes me NOT want to buy their sandwiches ever again.

Sound Off!!!


i want to know –

What’s the tackiest thing anyone has said to you about PPD???

I myself have quite a list but the two that stay at the forefront of my mind are from my first doctor and a receptionist at the local DFCS office:

Doc: “Well you’re past 6wks PP so your hormones should be leveled out. You can’t possibly have PPD.”

Receptionist (response after I told her what I did): “Oh. I think I was too busy with my kids to even notice if I had that.”

Makes you want to scream, doesn’t it?

So come on – share your quotes with us!