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Need: The Pride: A call to create awareness of women/girl- child suffering from postpartum depression and ways to help women of age with menopause.

Postpartum depression or menopause are words I never heard growing up until I travelled abroad (U.K & Canada). Living in Canada, I remember being judgemental - still working on it, of the many labels this society has. I felt they had every condition and behaviour attached with a label (name). Coming from my background you’d understand.

A child with ADD - or who mirrors the exact symptoms back home- is known to have behavioural issues or just doesn’t listen.

A woman who has postpartum depression, back home, is known to be lazy; or someone who doesn’t know how to raise a child. A lot of women end up not only killing their children but themselves as well.

A woman who reaches menopause will have multiple symptoms; however, is misdiagnosed and ends up taking unnecessary medication - which in turn causes a multitude of issues.

To add, within the African community that I live in, conversation or awareness of these conditions is non-existant and deemed an embarrasement.

Doctors in Africa are constantly dealing with grave situations. Therefore, overlooking postpartum depression and menopause, becomes the norm.

I am hoping to start a campaign that can create awareness and to make the job easier for doctors and midwives. Cervical cancer is also big for women reaching menopause, as most traditional herbs are used to curb some if not most of the symptoms. Most of these herbs are inserted.

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Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you for sharing!

Hi Netsai,

Thank you for posting on this important issue. I can relate to your aversion to labels and agree that it's a mixed blessing. It's good to have a clear understanding about what some problems are we face but then for people to be so labeled - depressed, menopausal, ADD, etc. - seems to siphon off individuals from any other aspects of their identity. Rather than something being a condition they deal with it's viewed as who they are.

There is another community member here, Vivian, who has just started a campaign of her own on maternal health. It's focused specifically on Nigeria, but I think she would invite contributions from people from other regions as well. Here is a link to her group page to see what it's all about: https://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/86779

Also, another member, Ynanna, is very active in maternal and infant health and is currently training as a midwife. I thought you might like to connect with her too. Here is a link to her profile: http://worldpulse.com/user/9590

Thank you again for posting and l look forward to hearing more from you soon!

Best wishes,
Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

Netsai's picture

The Pride

Thank you so very much for the feedback, I will be contacting the groups you have provided.

You're very welcome!
Wishing you all the best,
Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

MariaAle's picture

Deat Netsai, Thank you for

Deat Netsai,
Thank you for sharing these important topics that we sometimes we forget that we face on our own daily lives. As a woman we can find having a menopause but I feel that we don't give the enough importance as we should. I totally support of awareness in every single women, to have the resources and being able to deal with it in a healthy way.

Best,

Maria Alejandra Alcaraz

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