Posts Tagged ‘Support group’

Moms’ Run turns the spotlight on PPD

May 11, 2012

Guest blogger Center for Women member and Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation Board Member, Holly Fisher, spotlights postpartum depression.

I like to tell people if they are a mom, know a mom or have a mom they should want to support the annual Moms’ Run. You don’t necessarily have to have babies living in your house right now to appreciate what moms go through.

The ninth annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day raises money and awareness for the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation for Postpartum Depression Awareness, a local organization dedicated to educating, supporting and healing.

This event on Mother’s Day weekend turns the spotlight on the often difficult role of motherhood made even more challenging for women going through postpartum depression. While upwards of 20 percent of new moms have PPD, it remains a taboo subject. The baby books give it a brief mention and many women feel too ashamed to admit the feelings they may be having.

Many people may not realize that PPD can develop any time during the first year after a woman gives birth and it is drastically different from the “baby blues,” feelings of sadness that linger a couple weeks after giving birth but go away on their own.

PPD is a medical condition requiring treatment through medication, counseling, a support group or some combination of the three. It’s not something a woman can just “get over.” A hot bath or a walk around the block won’t cure PPD. But it is indeed treatable and most women overcome PPD and are able to enjoy their babies.

Events like the Moms’ Run are so important because they give us a reason to talk about PPD and to make it OK to discuss the struggles of motherhood. But let’s not limit our discussions to a once-a-year event. Let’s keep the conversation going. Let’s support each other as mothers and women. Let’s recognize this illness and get our sisters, daughters and friends the help they need and deserve.

Register for the Moms’ Run and learn more about the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation at

C4W Business Member Profile: Mary Ross McQuage

September 9, 2011

What is your profession?  Owner of Aging Resources

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I love to spend time in the outdoors.  My husband is one of the owners of Sea Kayak Carolina and, fortunately for me, I love to go kayaking along the coast and in the rivers in our area.  I have a very impressive collection of shark’s teeth!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  Since 2008.

What inspired you to become a member?  I came to appreciate the power and significance of women as a Women’s Studies Minor at Wake Forest University.  I believe it’s so important for women to support each other, learn from one another, and to be a resource for each other.  The Center for Women provides the structure for women in our area to do all of these things and more.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Several years ago when I was going through a difficult transition in my life, I participated in a support group at the Center for Women.  I am so grateful to have had that support during that time.

I love the annual Women in Business conference.  It is so inspiring as well as an incredible venue for networking.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  It’s a constant balancing act – mother, wife, business owner, volunteer, friend, chef, housekeeper – among the roles we find ourselves in.  It’s not easy but I am grateful for every opportunity and having a lot of fun along the way!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You may have to approach your goals a little differently in this economy, but don’t let today’s economic environment be your excuse to hold yourself back.  Set your goals, get focused, seek out good mentors, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

C4W Member Profile: Virginia M. Lee

November 17, 2010

What is your profession? Commercial Banking

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Spending time with my twins (7 yrs old), yoga, running, reading, travel, shopping.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Since I met Leigh Ann in 2008.  We sat next to each other at a Women@Work luncheon & instantly realized that it was a great connection!

What inspired you to become a member? Hearing about the group’s mission and valuable work – and benefiting personally from it as well.  LOVE the purse auction!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Personally, I could not have made it through some difficult times without the support and friendship of the ladies at C4W, and the support group I attended helped tremendously.  The Center for Women has been a source of encouragement, empowerment and enlightenment!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Ha!  Great question.  First of all, I love being a woman!  As to how I’ve been affected, it’s hard to say without having had any other experience.  But what I can say with confidence is that I regard being a woman as an asset.  I may have had to work a little harder to get where I am, but that has made me stronger and smarter – and more grateful and appreciative of the strong support and friendships I treasure.  By appreciating the skills and assets intrinsic to “womanhood”, a woman can succeed in any field!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Never miss an opportunity to seize an opportunity!

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