Graeme Seabrook, The Warrior Mom AmbassadorJul 19, 2016
Delivered her son at East Cooper Medical Center
In 2013, Bridget Williamson, M.D., board certified OB GYN at East Cooper OB/GYN, delivered Graeme Seabrook’s first child at East Cooper Medical Center. “Dr. Williamson was wonderful and so supportive,” Graeme says.
Soon after delivering her son, Graeme realized that something wasn’t right with her body and mind. “I was having panic attacks and I was angry all the time,” she says. “I googled ‘postpartum depression’ in the middle of the night and I kept going back to the same website that spoke in plain-mom English.” Graeme reached out to Dr. Williamson, who gave her immediate hope by working with her to find both a therapist and medication to help her navigate this dark time in her life.
After getting the help she so desperately sought after, Graeme knew she needed to help other women who were experiencing the same pain. She found the local organization, Postpartum Support Charleston, which facilitates support groups for local moms and families. This led Graeme to the national organization, Postpartum Progress, and after attending a conference in Boston, her life was changed forever. “I went to the conference and it changed everything,” she says. “I was surrounded by women who had shared the same experience as me.”
Graeme signed up to be a Warrior Mom Ambassador for Postpartum Progress. The ambassadors are women who have survived perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and are working to build a network that supports meaningful change. Graeme is the only ambassador in South Carolina. “I could not be more proud to be a Warrior Mom Ambassador for Postpartum Progress,” she says. “We are liaisons for change in our communities.”
In May, Graeme went to the Capitol with 100 other women from across the country for the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH) Lobby Day to work on the ‘Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows’ Act. The legislation, if passed, would provide money to each state for OB/GYNs and pediatricians to conduct screenings for moms in the first year after giving birth.
Graeme is grateful for the support she received from her family, friends, the community and East Cooper Medical Center. Her goal now is to return that support back to the women living with the stigma. “I talk to parents almost every day about the importance of self-care and putting ourselves first in our lives. There are so many reasons to make this a focus in your life,” she says. “I’m here to offer a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen.”
For more information regarding our Postpartum Support Group visit: https://www.eastcoopermedctr.com/about-us/hospital-support-groups
You can read more from Graeme on her website and blog “The Postpartum Mama” where she chronicles her journey through postpartum depression and anxiety at https://www.theproblemwithmotherhood.com/. You can also support her cause by sharing her open letter to Stephen Colbert, asking him to bring his celebrity to shine a light on maternal mental health. #SaveTheMamasStephen