Susan Goldberg is a writer, editor, essayist and blogger, and coeditor of the award-winning anthology And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families (Insomniac Press, 2009). Her personal essays have been featured in Ms., Lilith, Today’s Parent and Stealing Time magazines, as well as in several anthologies and collections. She is a contributing blogger for VillageQ.com and Today’s Parent, where she blogs regularly as The Other Mother. In 2012, Susan was chosen as one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year community keynote speakers, and has twice been a VOTY honouree. She is one of approximately 30 Jews in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she lives with her family.
“It didn’t occur to me until years after I had my first child that what I had gone through was actually postpartum depression. And that realization — just how invisible postpartum mental health issues are — was deeply troubling. I mean, I’m a highly educated, highly privileged woman. As a Canadian, I have access to excellent, government-funded, healthcare. I’m a parenting writer, for God’s sake. And yet, even with all those advantages, I suffered from a dangerous and yet highly treatable condition that nobody thought to diagnose or even mention. We need to do better. Ultimately, I wrote this piece to try to reclaim some of my own agency and visibility around my experience with PPD, and to try to promote awareness of and more effective prevention of and treatment for postpartum mood disorders. My advice to new mothers who are struggling? Your mental and physical health trump any and all parenting ‘philosophies.'”