Kim Simon is a freelance writer and mother, who divides her time between directing The Simon Family Circus, and chronicling it. Her essays on parenting, social justice issues, and current events have been featured on The Huffington Post, MSN Living, Mamalode, Scary Mommy, xoJane, and other online magazines. She is the Co-Founder of the I Support You project, and the facilitator of the parent support group “The Truth About Motherhood”. Kim is a frequent guest speaker, presenting on the motherhood identity shift, the “fourth trimester”, and infant feeding choice. Kim lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two little boys. She can be found telling the truth about motherhood on her personal blog Mama By The Bay, on Twitter @mamabythebay and on Facebook.
“‘Depression Is A Numbers Game’ explores the way that new mothers are often blindsided by the identity shift that occurs in the fourth trimester. PPD and PPA aren’t taught alongside breastfeeding classes and Infant CPR, so families are often left feeling ambushed by the enormity of how life really changes after their baby arrives. This essay chronicles the ebb and flow of depression and anxiety over two pregnancies, highlighting the dramatic difference that support, education, and community can have in helping women to heal.”
“If you are a new mother who is struggling, the most important advice that I can give you is that you know your family best. You are strong and wise, and you already have an incredible mothering instinct. Motherhood is hard. That doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. Trust yourself. Be gentle with yourself. Accept help. Find someone who you trust, and tell them the truth. You will be amazed by how many moms feel the same way.”