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So many woman suffer from postpartum depression or know someone who is battling the disorder and yet, we as a society don't really talk about it all that much. Maybe women are afraid to come forward or maybe there isn't an outlet where we women feel we can speak candidly about a disorder that could affect more than one million women every year -- more than the number of women who get diabetes, suffer a stroke or are diagnosed with breast cancer.
This is what motivated two of our real mom contributors -- our iVoices on iVillage – and a guest contributor to come forward and share their deeply personal experiences, hoping their stories help at least one woman get the help she so desperately needs.
Watch their stories about postpartum depression here:
Our iVoices share videos that they shoot themselves on the issues that women care about most. They were selected by an NBC celebrity panel during searches for real mom contributors, which attracted hundreds of applicants.
iVoice Stephanie Dulli of Washington, DC suffered from postpartum anxiety after both of her young children were born. iVoice Joey Fortman suffered from postpartum depression. And, Katherine Stone, who was an iVoice finalist this year and last year, is author of one of the most widely read blogs on postpartum disorders, PostpartumProgress.com. She suffered from something called postpartum ocd and graciously agreed to share a video with iVoices, hoping to send a message about this very important issue. In fact, it is Katherine who has written extensively about the issue and who calculates that more women suffer from postpartum every year than are diagnosed with many other more commonly talked about diseases combined.
Women learn from other women. We know that. They're inspired by other women and they're often motivated to act when they hear from and connect with women like them. And that is the real power behind iVoices -- women courageously speaking out about issues they might have not talked about before, because they hope to help others.
As Stephanie Dulli tweeted to iVillage after the video was released, "Thank you for giving us the platform. I hope it reaches someone who needs it."
We hope so too.
Kelly Wallace is Chief Correspondent of iVillage. Follow Kelly on Twitter @kellywallacetv