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POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/14/2013: 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 11/14/2013: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: 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: Jenny's Light Foundation - $6,000
Individual Contributors - $14,600
Speaking Fees - $4,750


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Mission Statement

Postpartum Progress Inc. (PPI) is improving the health and wellbeing of women and children by increasing access to and quality of support for women with postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.  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) Have effective services and support available to them.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $153,211
Total Expenses $127,195

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Katherine Stone

Profile:

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: Daily Hope (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$2,000
Category:
Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

Daily Hope is the nation's first daily email support service to pregnant and new mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  It is free, and all that is required to participate is an email address.  Participants receive an email each day with support specific to the challenges new mother's face when suffering.

Program Long-Term Success:

We would like to be able to offer Daily Hope in different languages, initially Spanish, written in culturally relevant language.

Program Short-Term Success:

There are currently more than 600 women from across the country who are participating in Daily Hope.  We have not had the funds to advertise this service so that more are aware of its availability.  The online PPD support group at Cafe Mom has recognized the value of this service and now offers it daily on their own site.

Program Success Monitored by:

feedback from participants, number of particpants, percent of email opens as compared to the industry (data from MailChimp)

Program Success Examples:

Feedback: “I came downstairs this morning feeling awful and guilty and anxious and ... and ... the first words I read were from Daily Hope.  ‘You are not defective or weak or a bad person.’  These words spoke straight to my heart and quieted the voices in my head.  THANK YOU.” – H.W. “Thank you so much for these messages.  How wonderful to have that daily reminder that someone understands ... and that someday I will be better!!! “ – K.M. “Thanks for this Daily Hope. I needed that today ... yesterday and the few days before were really awful. It is hard not to think that I am backsliding, but this helps keep it all in perspective.” – A.J.   “Your Daily Hope messages have been a tremendous blessing to my life at this time of uncertainty and worry. I wasn't expecting much from them but each one has added value and strength to my day in ways that really add up.” – S.K.

Program: Postpartum Progress Blog (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$8,000
Category:
Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served:
Female Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
None

Program Description:

PPI publishes the most-widely read blog in the nation on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. No other website offers more continuous and up-to-date information on postpartum depression and ALL other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Advocates have hailed it as the most comprehensive resource available.  It offers support, information on the latest research, stigma-busting articles, links to treatment programs, support groups and specialists, and much more.   According to web analytics company Alexa (http://www.alexa.com/),  PostpartumProgress.com ranks #1 in traffic among sites dedicated to raising awareness and supporting women with PPD (data as of 5/18/12).  Among all websites in the world tracked by Alexa (not just health or mental health sites), here are the following PPD sites' global traffic rankings:   Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.com) - 404,560  Mass General Hospital's Center for Women's Mental Health (http://womensmentalhealth.org) - 803,395  Postpartum Support International (http://www.postpartum.net) - 1,281,876  My Postpartum Voice (http://mypostpartumvoice.com) - 3,129,210 Jenny's Light (http://www.jennyslight.org) - 5,492,574  Postpartum Health Alliance (http://www.postpartumhealthalliance.org) - 7,461,819  MedEdPPD (http://mededppd.org) - 8,805,385  In the six month period between December 2011 and May 2012, our blog had 450,000+ pageviews. PostpartumProgress.com is PPI's most important asset to our work raising awareness of postpartum depression and reducing stigma.

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. 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 nearly 2 million women and healthcare providers. It is recommended to patients by such hospitals as Johns Hopkins, 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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We know that because of our work women are recognizing their illnesses and pushing past stigma and other barriers to reach out for professional help. They are more likely to talk to their doctor, more likely to accept the available methods of treatment and more likely to stick with their treatment until they are fully recovered.
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