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Pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders often make moms feel like they aren’t worthy to be loved and they may fear that their babies won’t ever love them.

It's a feeling I knew all too well with my oldest. When my postpartum depression was at its worst, I struggled to understand how he could love me when I was feeling overwhelmed, irritable, and resentful most of the time. I also struggled with guilt because I didn't fall head over heels in love with him at first, as I anticipated I would.

Maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression are the number one complication of childbirth and are treatable with professional help. It was with the help of a therapist, medication, and time itself that I started feeling more confident in my role as a mother. I began to understand that I was worthy of my son's love -- and I began falling in love with him too.

Every year Postpartum Progress asks their Climb Out of the Darkness leaders to send in pictures or videos of themselves with their kids/families for an official Climb video. The video aims to let struggling mothers know that there is light at the end of the darkness and that things do get better.

So this video is dedicated to those of you who are still in the trenches, or know someone who is. You are worthy of love, even though there are days when it will feel like you aren't. 


Fredericksburg's Climb Out of the Darkness walk is June 18. It isn't too late to register! The Climb is a free, family-friendly event (registration required). If you would like to join us, or support moms with a donation to Postpartum Progress, please visit our team's fundraising page

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About Emma

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Emma is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom of two boys: G and L. A wanna-be professional writer and photographer, she can often be found following her boys around with a camera. When she isn’t chasing after her kids, Emma writes about her motherhood journey on her personal blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds.

Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”