2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness – Rhode Island – June 21st

2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness 

Rhode Island’s John Chafee Nature Preserve Climb 

June 21, 2014

climb out of darkness postpartum depression walk rhode island

I’ve written before about my struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety.  The first few months after Avery’s birth (the whole first year, really) were the most difficult months of my life. I felt like no one else could possibly understand the feelings I was having. I felt so alone, even in a room full of other new moms.

I know, now, that I was not alone.  In fact, Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders affect 1 in every 7 women. It is the most common complication of childbirth.

On June 21st Avery and I will join other PPD survivors and supporters,  all over the world, climbing mountains or hiking in local parks to symbolize their rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illness. We will also be raising funds to support Postpartum Progress, a non-profit organization in the U.S. founded to help support moms around the world.

Climb Out Of The Darkness is the worlds largest event that raises awareness and support for maternal mental illness. This year there are over 100 walks all over the world including the US, Canada, England, Switzerland, and Australia!

The Rhode Island Climb wil be held at the John Chafee Nature Preserve (Rome Point) on June 21, 2014 at 4:00pm. Moms and others are all welcome to  join the local Climb by registering here: http://www.crowdrise.com/courtenaypetracca-cotd2014/fundraiser/courtenaypetracca Registration is free.  You can also find information on the event on FACEBOOK

Please join Avery and I as we walk to support other moms!! If you’re unable to walk with us, please consider making a donation HERE!

If you are not in Rhode Island and would like to find a Climb near you visit the CLIMB MAP

To learn more about Postpartum Progress, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders visit  postpartumprogress.org 

If you are suffering from postpartum depression, please know that you are not alone. There are people who can help. Talk to someone! Your spouse, your best friend, a therapist. There is no shame in what you are feeling.  It is temporary and treatable!


  1. Jen says:

    My Mom is a nurse in a very busy OB/GYN’s office. Needless to say they see *many* women suffering from PPD (and other prenatal and perinatal concerns). There is one “go-to” name they pass along to their patients: Karen Kleiman. She is co-author of “This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression” and “Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts” and author of “Therapy and the Postpartum Woman”, “What Am I Thinking: Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression” and “The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression” as well as other publications. Additionally she is the founder of The Postpartum Stress Center (http://postpartumstress.com/) in the Philly area. For obstetrical concerns, she’s your woman!

    • Sarah says:

      Oh wow!! Thank you for those book titles and info! I’m struggling with fear (and honestly I think I have some PTSD from the trauma that was Avery’s delivery) about having another child, so I definitely want to read the “What Am I Thinking” book!! Thank you so much!

    • Courtenay says:

      I am glad you brought Karen Kleinman up. I have read each of her books related to PPD. She is amazing and her writings can be truly life changing. One of her books in particular, “The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression” was a life changer for my family. It showed my husband what I was going through and was an easy read but very informative and eye opening! When you suffer from PPD, its hard to even explain what you feel at that time and you don’t know what you need. This book lays it out for the supports in our lives!

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