The Postpartum Shepard award is given annually to a person who has been nominated for protecting and guiding another through Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders (PMADs).
A Shepard is a person who protects, guides, or watches over a person or group of people.
In 2017, the inaugural year, the award was distributed to three very deserving family members; John McFarland, Beatrice Jacobs, and Judy Litchfield. My husband, grandmother and mother respectively.
I would not be alive without the three of them.
The concept of being a Shepard is as old as time and usually conjures up images of sheep and biblical stories. For me, in addition to those images, I see their faces tending to me, caring for me, and being an advocate for me as I suffered through three bouts of PMADs.
The amazing thing was, not one of them really knew the extent of my suffering and they certainly did not know that they were saving my life.
For you, this award given in honor of your postpartum shepard, is your chance to tell those around you how they made a difference in your recovery.
Nominate someone today!
Nominations will be considered on a rolling basis and three winners will be announced before Thanksgiving 2018! Just in time to show how thankful you are for their support.
While all nominations are worthy, only three awards are granted each year and voted on by a committee. We encourage everyone to recognize their Postpartum Shepard in their own way.