Estelle Erasmus is an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor-in-chief. She is a co-author of a best-selling beauty book and a contributor to several anthologies, including My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. This year, Estelle will also have essays in Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, edited by Joanne Bamburger and published by SheWrites Press, and in Recipes with a Story by Blue Lobster Book Co.
Estelle’s writing is syndicated on The Huffington Post and What the Flicka and found on Brain, Child, The Washington Post On Parenting, Purple Clover, Marie Claire, XOJane, Working Mother, Mamapedia, The Broad Side, National Geographic Traveler and Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. She is a SheKnows Parenting Expert, and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). Estelle blogs about raising a young daughter in midlife at Musings on Motherhood & Midlife.
“My essay is about antepartum depression, which strikes between 14 to 23 percent of women during their pregnancy, mainly in the third trimester of pregnancy. Because my mother had suffered from postpartum depression, I was prepared for that, but was caught unaware by the antepartum depression, which appeared out of the blue, in the midst of my difficult pregnancy, and which took all of my resources to fight once I realized what it was.
Antepartum depression can come on suddenly, and with no warning … despite your best efforts you are powerless in the face of it and can not fight it alone–it literally takes a village– it did in my case. I wanted women to realize that birthright is not destiny.
I had the help of a doula to provide healing feminine energy; she steered me in the right direction on my diet and exercise (which all affects mental health) and I was eventually able to speak to my partner to get the emotional support I needed.”