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'Strollerthon' to support postpartum education, support

Posted August 24, 2010

Postpartum Education and Support, a local nonprofit dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers and raising awareness of postpartum depression and related disorders, has held fundraisers before.

But leaders hope its Oct. 2 Strollerthon will become an annual event that not only raises money for its programs, but also raises awareness about postpartum mood disorders and promotes good physical and mental health for new families.

The Strollerthon starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. The event includes a three-mile walkathon for teams and individuals. You'll also find entertainment and activities for kids, including Tot Trot races, entertainers and inflatable games.

Postpartum Education and Support was started four years ago by the volunteers and doctors of Moms Supporting Moms, a support group started in 1998 to help moms suffering from postpartum mood disorders. The group meets regularly at locations in Raleigh and Wake Forest. Call the telephone support line at 919-454-6946 for more information about meetings or how to find additional medical help.

And click here to learn more about the Strollerthon and how you can participate.

"We really want to promote good physical and mental health for the whole family," says Anne Wimer, executive director and co-founder of Moms Supporting Moms.

And, she said, she hopes the event will help more new moms know that help is out there.

"If you're having symptoms, it's totally fine to get help," she said.

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  • shall6 Aug 26, 2010

    I'm glad you're doing better. And I agree ... I'm sure there are a lot of women out there with the same experience.

    Sarah

  • whyalltheproblems Aug 25, 2010

    I'm sure there are many women like me who don't realize they are having symptoms until it's passed and they begin to feel normal again. I went through probably 3 years of it before I realized. My kids are very close together in age. Exercising is one thing that really, really helped me pull through it. But I got to a serious and scary point before I realized it...not good.