The past week has been a series of amazing events for the PPD-Kenya team. Among the highlights of the week that we would love to share is the culmination of the first cycle of our support group therapy. We began the cycle on Saturday 13th January 2018, and over the ten weeks that followed, we have held meetings every other Saturday. Our resident psychologist has tirelessly offered of herself to help the moms in their recovery journeys, and we are so glad she is part of our team, alongside our founder Samoina who is a PPD survivor herself.
We recall in vivid, the emotions that peppered our first meeting that Saturday as the moms poured out their journeys and shared their experience with Postpartum depression (PPD). We cried together, we talked, we held hands, we hugged… we began the road to recovery, and oh what a beautiful journey it has been.
Saturday 10th March 2018 marked the last of five sessions, what has been a truly rewarding and humbling experience. Seeing the progress that each of our five moms has made is a reminder of why we began these support group meetings in the first place. They are at a better place than they were when they first came for the meetings. We continue to remind the moms that PPD is treatable, that there is hope, and even with this hope, recovery can be a long journey.
Even though the sessions for the first cycle have ended, we continue to check in on the moms and have scheduled a meeting after 8 weeks to keep abreast with their journeys. In line with our mission to raise awareness and reduce stigma associated with PPD by providing psychosocial support for moms going through PPD, we are hopeful that this start is a step in the right direction as far as Maternal Mental Health in Kenya is concerned.
Below are some of the photos that we took on Saturday, with cake, lots of it for such a sweet moment. One of the lovely moms brought us cake too, and we couldn’t be more grateful for such a wonderful gesture. Congratulations to the moms of PPD-Kenya cycle 01!
PS: We will be posting details on the second cycle of the PPDKenya support groups soon.
PPS: We do not post any photos of the moms because we respect their privacy, and because one of our core values is confidentiality.
Lastly, Blueberry Cake by Shanna Elle Bakers