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POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/30/2014: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC

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AKA  PPI
Cumming, GA
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POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/30/2014: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC

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Also Known As: PPI
Physical Address: Cumming, GA 30040 
EIN: 27-3100405
Web URL: postpartumprogress.org 
Blog URL: postpartumprogress.com 
NTEE Category: W Public, Society Benefit
W01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F70 Mental Health Disorders
Year Founded: 2011 
Ruling Year: 2011 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individual Contributions - $167,000
Fuserna Foundation - $5,000


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Mission Statement

Postpartum Progress is a registered 501c3 nonprofit that is laser-focused on maternal mental health. We are a peer-to-peer organization with three key focus areas: raising awareness, providing peer support for pregnant and new mothers and reducing stigma.  We work hard to ensure that mothers will: 1) Recognize when they are suffering and be open to treatment; 2) Know how and where to seek help; 3) Feel safe and comfortable asking for help, and 4) Follow through on treatment to full recovery.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2014
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2014

Total Revenue $172,000
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Katherine Stone

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Katherine Stone is the founder and publisher of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression, and the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with PPD and related perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in North America in 2011 and 2012 by Disney's parenting website Babble, and has been selected as a Health Hero by WebMD. She was named the 2013 Health Activist Hero by Wego Health, and has won a Mental Health American Media Award. Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News and the Washington Post among others. Prior to focusing on women's mental health, Katherine spent 7 years in corporate marketing at The Coca-Cola Company.

Leadership Statement:

Every mother shares a common wish. It doesn’t matter what level of education she has, where she lives, her race or her religion: she wants desperately to be a good mom. Imagine then, that most important dream being dashed at the start. At a time when others celebrate new life, this mom is devastated, disconnected and afraid. Her symptoms can range from the inability to eat or sleep, to disturbing thoughts about harming her child, to numbness or feelings of unbridled rage, among others. She is unable to function on a daily basis. She is convinced without question that she has failed as a mother.  The only way to reverse that perception and get her new family off to a healthy start is to treat her for the most common complication of childbirth: postpartum depression and anxiety. Except, she either doesn’t know she needs treatment or, if she does, she doesn’t know where to find it or doesn’t have access to it. Like the vast majority of other mothers with her condition, she won’t get the professional help she needs.   She has no idea whatsoever that this could lead to health problems, including lifelong chronic depression, and that her baby is being affected negatively as well when it comes to his or her cognitive development, attachment and future psychological health. It might be one thing if she was among just a handful of moms, but she isn’t. She is among more than three quarters of a million mothers with untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in America’s population each year, as well as several hundred thousand more still suffering from illnesses that were never treated the previous years, and at least one million children whose future health is unquestionably at stake. We aim to change this situation. Postpartum Progress raises awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and their consequences, and works to improve the percentage of moms who receive professional treatment and fully recover.

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Program: Postpartum Progress Blog (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$7,500
Category:
Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served:
Female Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
None

Program Description:

Founded in 2004, our blog is now the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Advocates have hailed it as the most comprehensive consumer resource available.  It offers support, information on the latest research, stigma-busting articles, links to treatment programs, support groups and specialists, and much more. We reach more than half a million individual women annually (more than 1.1 million pageviews in 2013). The blog has won numerous awards, and is a “must read” parenting blog according to the New York Times.

Program Long-Term Success:

One key goal is to find ways to make the information within Postpartum Progress available in other media, such as mobile or in print form, so that women without internet access can get to it. To that end, in October 2014 we launched free downloadable versions of some of our best content (found here: http://postpartumprogress.org/tools/). Still another goal is to ensure our site is translatable to any language necessary for moms to access to supportive, evidence-based information.

Program Short-Term Success:

Postpartum Progress was created in 2004 and has since reached more than 3 million women and healthcare providers. It is recommended to patients by such hospitals Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of North Carolina Hospital.  The blog has won numerous awards, including the Mental Health America Media Award in 2011.

Program Success Monitored by:

Reader surveys, Google Analytics (pageviews, unique users, referrers), Alexa rank

Program Success Examples:

Testimonials: Because of you I sought treatment as soon as I was sure that I was not feeling right. I could say thank you a thousand times over and it would never be enough. – S.C. I laid on my couch in misery and Googled “postpartum depression and hospitalization”. I read your article about hospitalization and I knew that was what I needed. I held you in my mind and was honest with my doctor. She recommended in-patient treatment … You have given me the strength to pull all of my pride to the side and step out to become a stronger mom. – J.university hospital) I just wanted to let you know that my first therapist appointment went well … I feel very hopeful, and I am so happy to know that I am not the evil person that I was imagining.  Again, thank you for your words of encouragement for myself and so many others. – J. G. I found your website and a host of other stories of women going through the same thing I am going through. I cannot tell you the immediate relief I felt knowing that I was not the first mother to have these horrible thoughts … I cannot thank you enough for sharing your story. You saved me the months of agony you went through. Because of you I’m no longer afraid to tell my husband, my family and my healthcare provider about these thoughts … I know that I need help, but I also know that I am not crazy. Thank you. – S.C. I have found Postpartum Progress to be a great resource and a great way to receive support. Your entry on the art of medication gave me the confidence to get on the phone and schedule another doctor visit a few weeks ago. I had reached the point where I figured I was at a dead end – you helped me see I just needed to turn the corner and take the next step. I think I’ll start including the site address on all the new baby gifts I give. – M.G.

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Budget:
$10,000
Category:
Information & Referral
Population Served:
Female Adults
None
None

Program Description:

Climb Out of the Darkness is our signature event, held each year on or around the longest day of the year to symbolize shining a light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Moms get together in communities across the globe to climb mountains, hike trails, walk paths and share their stories while also raising funds for Postpartum Progress. The event was started in 2013, with 177 Climbers and $40,000 raised. Our 2014 Climb had more than 1,500 Climbers in 8 countries and raised $167,000. In 2014 the event was covered by both CNN and the New York Times, and maternal mental illness survivors shared their stories in local media, gaining coverage in such outlets as the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Baltimore Sun, the Topeka Capitol Journal and many local network affiliates. Registration is always free and open to all who support the cause of families getting a stronger start.

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Budget:
$15,000
Category:
Information & Referral
Population Served:
Female Adults
None
None

Program Description:

In November 2013, we launched a private peer support forum for women who have or are concerned they may have a maternal mental illness like postpartum depression. The project was created in partnership with the company Smart Patients, an online community for patients and caregivers affected by a variety of illnesses. Smart Patients was co-founded by Roni Zeiger, former chief health strategist of Google. The forum platform was developed for those moms who are afraid to ask questions, comment or otherwise share publicly about what they’re going through. It’s free and open to all, and as of October 2014 we have more than 1,000 moms using the forum, many of whom do not have access to in-person PPD support groups where they live. In just a few short months we became the 3rd largest patient community on the Smart Patients platform.

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Our first national survey in 2014 revealed high satisfaction among users of Postpartum Progress’ resources: 1) Raising awareness of maternal mental health: 95% of respondents reported that Postpartum Progress helped them learn more about mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period; 79% of respondents reported Postpartum Progress helped them recognize they were suffering from a maternal mental illness. 2) Connecting moms to professional help and facilitating communication with healthcare providers: 79% reported learning from Postpartum Progress about treatments that could potentially help them; 75% reported Postpartum Progress increased their willingness to seek professional help for their maternal mental illness; and 53% said they talked to their healthcare provider about something they learned from Postpartum Progress. 3) Providing effective peer support to moms: 97% of participants felt less alone in their experience thanks to Postpartum Progress; 66% reported Postpartum Progress helped them connect to other mothers going through these illnesses that they could talk to; and 99% said they would refer friends and family members to Postpartum Progress. 4) Reducing stigma and giving moms a voice: 86% reported that Postpartum Progress led them to share their story of maternal mental illness more openly with others
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