Hope and Healing After Postpartum Depression (with Danielle Lerner)

My guest this week is Danielle Lerner, a wife, mom, and Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist currently working as a news anchor and reporter in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. After telling other people’s stories for more than a decade, Danielle felt compelled to share her own family’s story navigating postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of their younger daughter, Harper. She is a passionate advocate for maternal mental health and credits her recovery to professional treatment, an incredible support system and her Catholic faith.

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Danielle comes on Girlfriends today to share her story in the hopes of helping others.  Some links related to this episode:

Danielle Lerner’s website

Resources for Postpartum Depression (in AZ and other states)

The news story Danielle did on PPD

National resources for PPD support

International resources

Support En Espanol

Help for men with wives suffering PPD

Center for Women’s Mental Health

At the end of today’s show, I share an email from a mom I call “Deborah,” who worries about her young adult daughter whois living with a man and they have a child together. I share some thoughts about the ways we can handle it when our young adult children do not practice their faith. How can we find peace in the midst of worry and heartbreak? How can we evangelize and speak the truth without being pushy or rude?

I have received so much feedback from all of you about my book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. (Use the coupon code BEAN20 to get 20% off your order!)

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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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