AOL News Story Calls Postpartum Depression A "Crock"

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How many posts am I going to have to write?  How many letters to the editor are people going to have to send?  How many advocates shouting down the stigma will it take?

Mother on Computer Next to Crying Baby

AOL News, we have a MAJOR problem.  Since you have the word "news" in your name, one might think you are serious journalists.  Or at the very least, semi-serious journalists.  Now it is clear to me that some of you shouldn't be writing at all.

In your story on the recent murder of two boys in South Carolina you quote an "expert" who I find unbelievably offensive.  I am outraged. 

"Most women who suffer depression after their children are born are suffering from post-how-did-I-get-stuck-with-this-kid, this body, this life? They may be depressed, but it is their situation and their psychopathic personality that brings them to kill their children, and not some chemical malfunction."

PPD is a "crock"?  What?  Are you serious?  Who the heck are you Pat Brown, and exactly what expertise do you have on postpartum depression?  Based on that comment, you can't possibly know the first thing about it.  You can't possibly know an eighth of the first thing about it.  And AOL?  You're complicit in this spreading this awfulness.  How dare you not check with real experts, or provide a balanced view?  Does the writer of this story, David Lohr, have an editor? 

Honestly, I could throw up. 

Do you know how many women suffer in silence because of bullshit stories like these?   How many women can't reach out for help for a REAL illness because of this kind of ignorance?  I wonder how many new families you have negatively impacted today by this completely mean-spirited and off the mark story. 

First, not every mother who harms her child has PPD, or psychosis for that matter.  Do you know how many women have PPD every year?  Like a million.  Do you know how many of them harm their children.  Like pretty much none.

Second, we have no way of knowing why this mother did what she did, except for her own comments. 

And third ...

Third, you suck.  Out loud.

Shame on you.


Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress @postpartumprogr (crossposted at PP)

Please RT:  Hey @AOLNews You suck. And we're not letting you off the hook. Fix this NOW. #AOLhurtsmomswithPPD


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