Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending the Mom Genes Fight #PPD event at The Grove Los Angeles with my daughter Lily and 100 of my new closest mama friends as we vowed to #fightlikeamother; for our fellow mamakind!
There's something so energizing and empowering when you hold space with women especially when it comes to causes that so many have suffered silently with and been afraid to speak about. It was extra special and kind of full circle having my daughter join me for this event, I love surrounding her with empowering and stigma changing women using their voices to evaluate and carry their fellow women as they climb for the greater good.
Thirteen years ago when I birthed my daughter there wasn't much talk about #PPD or #PPA and it wasn't until later that I realized my isolation and early struggles were more than "baby blues" and new motherhood. I also realize a big "why" for me and building Mom Culture has been to help each new and seasoned mama feel a little less alone and that she has a village of women behind her.
My favorite lil lady Lily Pie age 12 learning about womens health issues
A big thank you to the Mom Genes team for inviting us and welcoming my daughter to be exposed to their amazing and inspiring panel of strong women breaking the stigma behind postpartum depression and anxiety so the next generation might have a cure.
Mom Gene Panelist:
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Have you heard about Mom Genes and their study?
Mom Genes is a global collaboration and research study developed by the Postpartum Depression: Action Towards Causes and Treatment (PACT) Consortium, an international group of academic clinicians and scientists committed to understanding the interaction of genes and environment to predict which women are at risk of postpartum depression (PPD).
1 in 7 moms suffer from Postpartum Depression (PPD). That’s 1 in 7 moms left feeling broken, emotionally detached, and doubting their ability to raise their child.
Putting Your Mom Genes to Work
In order to be successful, we need over 100,000 DNA samples - collected as saliva through spit kits - from mothers who have been affected by PPD. At that scale, we’ll have a statistically viable amount of DNA to draw conclusions, enabling better treatments to be developed - and one day, maybe even a cure.
How you can help with your saliva
Your mom genes are unique to you. But there are aspects of your DNA that are shared with other women. By analyzing that, we hope to find what moms with PPD have in common at a genetic level.
It just so happens saliva samples are the easiest, least invasive way to collect a reliable DNA sample for us to study. And the best part - you can provide it from the comfort of your home. After you download the app and take the survey to confirm you qualify, we’ll mail you a spit kit. It’s easy, secure, sanitary and safe. Once you complete the test, you’ll mail it back and we’ll get to work.
Help Join the fight be a Mom Gene Queen
Do you want to help your fellow mama kind out? Download the app here to see if you qualify for this study.
It's time to put your big girl mom jeans on mamas and help our fellow mamakind out. Please follow along and spread the word of our friends at Mom Genes because no one should suffer in silence, and we need to advocate and make changes to our own motherhood and healthcare for our sisters, friends, and our daughters!