The Naked Truth: Shattering the Shame of Postpartum Depression

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In a society that fears – and shames – mental health issues, two Canadian women are writing a book to raise awareness and shatter myths for a common issue that many women face after childbirth — postpartum depression.

One brave mom, Ebony MacIntosh, opens up about her own struggle with PPD.

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Even though her miracle son born at 29 weeks was finally able to come home, MacIntosh says she struggled to connect with her newborn.

“I remember coming home from the hospital and all my family was in the other room with the baby and I was in the bedroom, and I just thought, ‘I’m happy that everyone has this new baby, and I wish that I could just stay in my room forever, and never leave,” she shares in a recent interview with Global.

MacIntosh was later diagnosed with postpartum depression, something she didn’t even know existed. Now she’s sharing her story in the new book, The Naked Truth, to raise awareness about the disorder.

The book will feature a diverse group of women’s stories of PPD, alongside an empowering boudoir glamour photo shoot.

The book’s co-author and photographer, Bri Oliver, is all too aware of the darkness of the disorder — she had PPD after having two of her four sons.

“I hated my life. I didn’t want it — I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Oliver says. “And it killed me that I didn’t feel connected to somebody so helpless; that didn’t ask to be here.”

MORE: Bri Oliver’s Journey Through Postpartum Depression

Oliver is collaborating with social worker and writer, Jenny Schafer, in The Naked Truth.

Schafer experienced the “Baby Blues” after welcoming her first child via C-section.

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While there is little awareness on maternal mental health issues such as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, Schafer feels most moms will be able to relate to the stories in their book.

“A lot of women don’t talk about it,” Schafer shares. “It’s still a taboo topic, and I think a lot of women suffer in silence. That’s what we want to shatter – we want to shatter the shame.”

MORE: Postpartum Depression vs. Baby Blues: What Are The Signs?

The authors are hoping that The Naked Truth will shed light on this mental health disorder that reportedly affects 1 in every 5 women.

Oliver and Schafer are looking for participants to take part in The Naked Truth.

Are you willing to:

  • Share your story of PPD?
  • Do a glamour boudoir photo shoot (either in Vancouver, Canada, Seattle, WA or Los Angeles, CA)?

If this sounds like the perfect project for you, please fill out this form.

If you have any questions about The Naked Truth, please email us at thenakedtruth.ppd@gmail.com.

And to watch the Global interview, click below…

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