Thrilled to be among Postpartum Progress’ Top 10 PPD Writers for 2010


I’d like to thank the Academy…

but seriously.

First, Congratulations to all the other finalists along with me! There are some terrific writers in this group. I am honored to be among them.

Last year, Katherine sought out posts and writers on her own. (I was among the Top 10 last year as well so Thank You Katherine!)

This year, she asked for nominations from her readers.

Having made the Top 10 means at least one person (possibly more) nominated me.

Thank YOU. Thank you for reading. For sharing. For helping my Voice to be heard.

I’ve struggled this year with quite a bit, including writer’s block. The particular piece that landed me in the Top 10, my Graham Crackers & Peanut Butter series, really took it out of me. For the first time since I started blogging, I dug in and told my Postpartum story after the birth of my second daughter. I had shared the story after my first daughter several times. But never had I gone into such detail about the hell through which I went after the birth of our second daughter. To have it nominated and placed in the Top 10 means the world to me. I stepped off a ledge on which I had been desperately trapped for nearly four years in sharing my story.

Thank you to my readers for nominating that series.

Thank YOU, Katherine, for making it a finalist.

And Katherine? Thank YOU for putting yourself out there every day to ensure that our voices are heard, that we are listened to, empowered, and educated. You will always be my hero.

Postpartum Progress call for Nominations for Top 10 Perinatal Writers of 2010


Katherine Stone over at Postpartum Progress is taking nominations for the Top 10 Perinatal Writers of 2010.

I’ll definitely be nominating some of the Postpartum Voices of the week for this award!

If you write about Perinatal Mood Disorders or really like something I have posted here, please nominate yourself (or me!) for the award.

Here’s the down low straight from Katherine:

Entries must have been written/published in 2010.  My criteria?  I look for beautiful writing, compelling stories, creative metaphors, honesty, authenticity, original voice and/or destigmatization.  They can be about any mental illness related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Nominations will close on November 15th.

I love publishing this list as a way of thanking people for their courage, sharing inspiration with those who suffer, and honoring those who are speaking out against stigma.  So get nominating!

I know I can’t wait to see the finalists. The list Katherine put together last year was phenomenal!