'The Medicated Mommy' aka Jen Schwartz is the CEO and Founder of Motherhood Understood, a community organization dedicated to shining light on the darkest areas of motherhood and providing women with the education and support needed to heal from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). In this episode, Jen shares her first hand account of crippling PPD and the steps she took to become whole again. If you are a PMAD sufferer, survivor or expecting and looking to put guardrails in place to protect your mental health postpartum, her story is one of hope, strength and the remarkable good that can come on the other side of depression.
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Jen Schwartz Bio:
Jen Schwartz, also known as “the medicated mommy,” is the founder and CEO of Motherhood Understood, a platform, community, and story-sharing hub for women affected by pregnancy and postpartum mental health issues that she created after surviving postpartum depression and anxiety with the birth of her son, and realizing just how many mothers suffer in silence like she did. She built Motherhood Understood to provide women and their families with education, resources, connection, and support so that no mother has to experience a mental health illness in isolation and all mothers get the help they need to feel well and thrive in motherhood. Jen is a professional speaker, writer, moderator, consultant, spokesperson, and thought-leader committed to shining the light on the darkest of places, where maternal mental health taboos have been hiding out, trying to make mothers believe they are not enough and all alone. In addition to running Motherhood Understood, a highly-engaged community of over 85,000 women, Jen recently launched Maternal Mental Health in Minutes, an educational video library breaking down pregnancy and postpartum mental health illnesses and their treatments, and her work and expert commentary can be found all over the mommy blogosphere and on popular websites such as Forbes, Healthline, The Mighty, Romper, Motherly, The Bump, Happiest Baby, and more.