Moms Shatter the Silence by Telling the Story of the Postpartum Experience
at Moms Like Me July 11, 2021 The fifth annual Moms Like Me event, hosted by local nonprofit Roots Family Collaborative, will be held on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. at The Gallatin River Hideaway. In an effort for Moms Like Me to be inclusive and accessible to all, this year’s event will be held outside, on the Gallatin River where we can follow local COVID-19 guidelines. The venue will open at 4:30 for a 5 p.m.-sharp start time. This will be the second year for the Moms Like Me Mom Band to share sounds that uplift and soothe the audience. Four local mothers will tell their true postpartum stories to normalize the realities and validate the experiences of people everywhere. This event intends to raise awareness, lessen shame and provide resources and information about the postpartum experience for families living in Gallatin County. Roots Family Collaborative launched their first annual Moms Like Me event in 2017 in response to a postpartum tragedy that shook the Bozeman community early in 2016. Overwhelming response to the event supported fast growth, and in 2020 the event drew more than 250 people to the Rialto. Moms Like Me provides local mothers and families a safe space to feel acknowledged while witnessing the power of storytelling and connecting to our great community. With the current gap in postpartum care and the constant demands of caring for a new baby, parents often feel isolated, exhausted and overwhelmed. One in seven mothers and one in 10 fathers suffer from some form of mental health disorder during pregnancy and/or during the postpartum period. This means that, statistically speaking, each of us probably knows someone whose life has been affected by prenatal or postpartum mood disorders. The problem is both personal and universal. Roots Family Collaborative takes its role in the community seriously and believes that action is needed to address the mental health of parents in our community. Through the annual Moms Like Me event, regular support groups, workshops for new families and distribution of the Roots Wellness Guide, Roots has stepped in to fill a glaring void by becoming the trusted connection for both families and providers during this stage of life.
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