“You are not Alone”
“It’s ok to put yourself first”
“You are stronger than you ever dreamed”
These are just a few of the sentiments collected as part of “We’re In This Together,” a photography project and fundraiser that offers messages of encouragement, hope, support and love to new mothers. Coordinated in partnership with the Pacific Post Partum Support Society and the Good Mother Project, we’ve been photographing and collecting personalized messages to share with a mother or parent who may be feeling overwhelmed or distressed or experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety. We know that an estimated 1 out of every 6 women and 1 out of every 10 men experience troubling depression or anxiety after birth or adoption of a child. We want them to know they are not alone.
This unique photography series is launching on Monday, August 14th, with images appearing on the social media sites for both the Good Mother Project and the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.
Good Mother Project
Pacific Post Partum Support Society
If you feel inspired to participate in this special photography series, we’d love to include you! We will be holding another “We’re In This Together” participant event in November of 2017. If you’d like to be sent updates and registration information for future events, please join our mailing list.
Participants at “We’re In This Together” events will have the chance to write and be professionally photographed with their personalized message. Each portrait will be included in the “We’re In This Together” series* on the Good Mother Project and Pacific Post Partum Support Society websites and social media platforms. You’ll also be invited to take part in small pampering experiences, such as make-up touch-ups and massage, as well as enjoy light refreshments and beverages, and take home a “thank you” goodie bag.
So, if you could go back and offer words of encouragement to yourself as a new mother, what would you say? If you witnessed a loved one feeling overwhelmed or anxious after the birth of their new baby, what message would you give to them? If you experienced postpartum depression or anxiety and made it through, what would you like to say to other mothers experiencing it now?
Still have questions? Visit our FAQ section.
*By participating in “We’re In This Together”, you are consenting to your image being used online on the Good Mother Project and/or the Pacific Post Partum Support Society’s website and social media. You will also be invited to share a more in-depth version of your story on the GMP and/or PPPSS online blog and/or social media sites. It’s our hope that in sharing these messages and stories that we will be able to help other new mothers feel less alone and isolated on their motherhood journey.
Portraits taken during the “We’re In This Together” photography project may also be used down the road in a print product (journal, calendar and/or coffee table book) that will be used as a fundraiser for the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.
The Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety for over 40 years. The program started in 1971 as a grass roots initiative when a small group of women began meeting at the Vancouver Crisis Line office to share their experiences and support each other around postpartum issues. This established the pattern for our treatment model: mothers supporting mothers. This was a new approach to addressing the issues of postpartum depression and one that has since influenced changes in postpartum support.
At the Good Mother Project, our goal is to celebrate the joy of motherhood as well as acknowledge how challenging it is to be a mother. Motherhood is messy and vulnerable, and in the midst of self-doubt, insecurity, and fear, it can be all too easy to pass judgment on others or feel as though asking for help is a sign of failure. Instead, we are calling all mothers to take a deep breath, to say to themselves and each other, “You are a good mother, and you’re doing a great job.” Through the sharing of our stories of motherhood, we can recognize, encourage, celebrate, support and connect with one another.
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Inspired by a documentary, we’re on a mission to fight isolation everywhere! Our motto is to EMPOWER + CONNECT people in a real, tangible sense.
What we learned from the documentary was that people everywhere are left isolated because we don’t know how similar we really are to them.
So Here’s What We do!
We ask people all around the world “What is ONE THING you bring to this world?” We put their answers inside each locket we sell so you can see how valuable and connected we each are. When you open your locket, you’ll find a tangible connection with someone new! Then, you can use the locket inserts we provide and wear your own empowering message inside like “My One Thing is to feel the fear and do it anyways” as a little reminder. Or, gift one thing you love about someone else to empower them!
We donate 10% to programs that help prevent isolation. Currently, we give back to Postpartum Depression prevention and Living On One’s non-profit initiatives to fight isolation (they made the documentary that inspired us!).
Andrea is the mother of a rambunctious five year old boy and a newly mobile 9 month old girl. Things were pretty rough after the birth of her son, and she credits Pacific Post Partum Support Society with getting her back on track to wellness. She is now an advocate for maternal mental health issues and works as a photographer and writer. In her images and writing she always aims to access a truthful vision of life as a parent, even when that truth is a bit gritty. She is thrilled to be participating in a Good Mother Project photo event for the second time.
Eran Sudds is a photographer, mama, and postpartum depression survivor. She is the founder of the Good Mother Project, and is passionate about making sure other mothers and mothers-to-be know how amazing they are, as both moms and women. She resides in Tsawwassen, BC where she runs a family photography business, and has a spunky, loveable 4-year old son, and a very patient & supportive husband.
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When and where is the next event taking place?
We are hoping to hold another “We’re In This Together” event in November. Make sure to join our mailing list to receive updates!
I really want to participate in this photo series but I’m not sure I can make it to an event! What can I do?
We hope to plan future “We’re In This Together” events throughout 2017 and possibly into 2018, but we don’t have dates yet. You can also email one of our photographers, Eran Sudds, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a private session at her home studio in Tsawwassen.
Is there a cost associated with participating?
No. There is no cost to be a part of this photography series. However, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Pacific Post Partum Support Society onsite, if you choose.
Why are each of the sessions one hour long? Do I need to be there the whole time?
We’ve created one hour blocks for participants to register in, but you do not need to attend for the entire time. Come when you can during that one-hour block. Your photo session will probably only take 5-10 minutes, but there will be other experiences to take part in that you might not want to miss out on! Come closer to the beginning if you’d like your make-up touched up before your photo is taken. Stay longer if you’d like a massage or want to enjoy snacks and beverages.
How long does the message I write for the photo need to be? What should it say?
Try to keep your message to one or two (max!) simple sentences, as they will be written on a 12″ x 12″ handheld whiteboard and must be legible in the photo. Think of words that perhaps you wanted to hear when you were a new mother or parent, or something that you wished you had said to a friend or family member who may have been struggling. We will also have a list of examples available onsite to help inspire you.
Will my photo be shown online and on social media?
Yes. We are collecting these images and messages in order to present them in the online series, “We’re In This Together” via the Good Mother Project and Pacific Post Partum Support Society’s websites and social media platforms. Through the sharing of these photos and messages, we hope to raise further awareness and reaching parents who may be struggling. Portraits taken during the “We’re In This Together” photography project may also be used down the road in a print product (journal, calendar and/or coffee table book) that will be used as a fundraiser for the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.
Do I need to show my face in the photograph?
If you wish to maintain privacy, you do not need to show your face.
Do I need to share my story in order to participate?
We will be offering participants the opportunity to share more of their motherhood or parenting story (including experiences with postpartum depression/anxiety, challenges or struggles as a new parent) as part of the online social media series. However, you do not have to participate in this aspect of the project.
Will I get a copy of my photo?
Yes. You will be emailed a digital copy of your photo after the event.
How else can I get involved?
If you’d like to donate something to our thank-you goodie bags, donate to the Pacific Post Partum Support Society or volunteer at this event, please email us.
Have a question we didn’t answer? Email us!