Women Talking: Online Therapy Connects Postpartum Depression Patients With Survivors
By Sarah D. Collins HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Lee-Anne Mosselman-Clarke knows firsthand what its like to battle with postpartum mental health crises. She experienced difficulties after the births of her two children.
I have an 11 and 9 year old and I didn't actually know that I had postpartum anxiety with my oldest. He had very significant health problems and I just thought I am having an awful first journey as a new mum, she said. "It wasn't until I got pregnant with my second that the midwife said, 'I'd like you to talk to somebody because I think you are at risk for having postpartum depression again.'"
Mosselman-Clarke, of Brant County, Ontario, Canada, has a background in social work and now works as a postpartum doula, supporting women through pregnancy and childbirth. When she heard about a new Canadian study involving group peer-delivered therapy for people battling postpartum depression, she applied immediately and was accepted as a peer facilitator. The sessions have been her passion since then.