Women of every
culture, age, income
level and race can develop perinatal
mood and anxiety disorders.

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Cassie’s Story

Written by Cassie Schultz, Fundraising Coordinator

Hello! My name is Cassie Schultz and I am very excited to be the 2012 Fundraising Coordinator for the After Birth Project!

I stumbled across the After Birth Project website about a year ago. I knew instantly that this was something I wanted to be a part of. I arranged a phone interview with Co-Founder Elizabeth Reynolds, who is also the Director and Producer of the film. I told her my story, then we talked for another hour or so about the film and many more phones calls followed. Elizabeth felt like a long lost friend and it comforted me to know that there are people out there trying to make big changes in the way families are treated during the postpartum period.

My baby was five months old at the time and I was in the middle of my journey with a collection of perinatal mood disorders, including depression and post traumatic stress disorder. After the birth of my daughter, I was treated very poorly and have spent a lot of time and energy trying to heal the emotional wounds left by the actions and words of the hospital staff. I had a very difficult time finding the right health care providers that could give me the treatment I needed to recover. As a result my depression spiraled out of control. I had dreamt of becoming a mother my whole life, but after my daughter was born it seemed as the though the sun fell out of the sky. I felt a despair that made me want nothing more than to run away and leave my life behind.

Eventually I was able to assemble the support team I needed, and today I’m doing very well. Many of the memories of my daughter’s infancy are still very painful to me, but my depression is under control. I love my daughter so much it hurts (in a wonderful way) and I wouldn’t trade motherhood for anything in the world. Now I’m on a mission to help other women get the care they need so they don’t have to go through what I did.

I will be working on many small, grass roots fundraising projects to support the production of the After Birth Project, with the goal of encouraging others to do the same. If YOU want to help ensure that new families will receive better care through education and awareness, follow our blog and use my experience as inspiration to start your own fundraising projects. Together we can create a brighter future for American families.

Cassie

February 3rd, 2012 3 Comments

3 Responses to “Cassie’s Story”

  1. Monica Herman says:

    Cassie – I had no idea you were going through so much pain. And, even though I have worked with families for over 30 years, I had no idea that the statistic of postpartum depression was 1 in 8! Thank you for enlightening me, as I will use this information in my quest to be a better pediatric occupational therapist, certified infant massage instructor, and family support person. Best of luck on this project!

  2. Carol Rose says:

    Cassie – I am so proud of you! If you have any fundraisers that have auctions I would be delighted to donate a piece of my art..

    Love you my dear! Aunt Carol Rose

  3. Jo Kujawinski says:

    Dear Cassie,
    Thanks so much for including me in your new effort with the After Birth Project. I had known that you were going through a tough period after Fiona’s birth but did not understand how difficult that time was for you. I am so glad that you were able to find the help you needed and hope this project will also help others in a similar situation. I think back on the last time I saw you at E’s wedding and you looked WONDERFUL. I’m so glad you are feeling so much better. Good luck with your project.
    Love to you and Fiona (and Josh!),
    Aunt Jo

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