Outer Banks Mom: Documentary shines a light on motherhood

By on November 7, 2018

Last week, just as I was laying our youngest down for her morning nap, my phone buzzed.

I didn’t have time to look at it and I thought, “I’ll get to that later.”

I went about my morning and when I had a minute to look at my phone I noticed a message from Dallas Bossola, an incredible local doula, mom and advocate for maternal care.

Intrigued, I opened up the message and learned that on top of everything else that sweet Dallas does, she is working together with the Outer Banks Birth Network and The Well Yoga to offer a screening of the documentary, Dark Side of the Full Moon.

Since I had never heard of this documentary before, I was curious to learn more.

And with a few clicks online I was able to find out lots of information and believe even more about what Dallas and her team are doing to promote a healthy motherhood experience for our local Outer Banks moms.

This documentary aims to shine a light on motherhood when it’s not as warm and fuzzy as we expect it to be.

I found this short post on the Facebook page and wanted to share it here:

Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time of your life.

But what if it’s not? Each year 1.3 million women in the U.S. struggle to find support and treatment for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.

Two women, Maureen Fura and Jennifer Silliman, both with firsthand knowledge of this challenge, came together to give a face and a voice to the countless women who suffer in silence.

One in seven women will experience a pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorder. This means that someone that you know and love has been or is dealing with this hidden epidemic.

Through Outer Banks Mom you have seen me share some of my favorite motherhood moments with our audience.

What you likely didn’t know is that after the birth of our third child, I silently struggled to find any joy in any circumstances.

Refusing to believe that I was experiencing postpartum depression, after having two children without any postpartum issues, I didn’t seek treatment or guidance for months after my symptoms began.

Again, just like that text that I received last week from Dallas, I didn’t have time for it and I figured that I would just get to it later.

I won’t get those silent and difficult months back but today, instead of dwelling on those lost months, I’m grateful that I still have more time in front of me thanks to amazing women like Maureen and Jennifer who put this documentary together.

How amazing is it that we have so many opportunities for awareness and postpartum care right here on this tiny little sandbar?

If you’re going to share anything via social media, share events like this that keep our local moms healthy and thriving.

You can attend the screening of Dark Side of the Full Moon this Thursday evening at the Well Yoga in Kill Devil Hills at 7 p.m.


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