Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:36pm

Climb Out of the Darkness - Raising Awareness of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders


Sara Beckel, owner of Family First Doula Service

On June 20, women across the globe, and right here in Regina, will be participating in the 3rd annual Climb Out of the Darkness to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, OCD, and psychosis. Postpartum depression affects 1 in every 5 women each year, making it the most common birth complication to date!

I am leading Team Regina Saturday June 20th at Douglas Park Hill to symbolize a collective rise out of the darkness, raise awareness of maternal mental illness, and to raise funds to support Postpartum Progress. Postpartum Progress is a non-profit organization in the U.S., founded to help support moms around the world. They are an online community of support resources for women experiencing postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Today, half a million women annually are accessing up to date information, in plain language, about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on the Postpartum Progress blog ( as well as their many support programs the organization offers at More importantly, these moms are able to hear from other moms who have recovered. The funds raised from this event allow Postpartum Progress to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, pediatricians and others. Postpartum Progress also uses funds to create materials to educate the media on the public health impact of postpartum depression and related illnesses on mothers and children.

After the birth of my second daughter, I went through the unexpected heat of PPD and realized how Regina is really lacking supports for new mothers who are struggling. I thankfully stumbled across the Postpartum Progress website, where I was able to find easy to read information surrounding maternal mental health, and of course access to the amazing peer support programs they offer. Recognizing the fact that something wasn’t quite right and more importantly, that I was NOT ALONE, was a very important factor in regaining my health. I feel passionately that every mother should have access to the much needed supports Postpartum Progress has to offer, so they too can Climb Out of the Darkness and regain their health!

Now moving forward, my goal with Family First Doula Service is to really create easy access to education and support for new mothers right here in our city. I just recently launch my brand new site that will really serve as a local hub of information so more women can access the education they need, to make informed and healthy choices for their family. This is an event I would like to grow annually so that we can slowly begin to break down the stigma surround Maternal Mental health and get more moms the help they need to recover. Last year we had about 20 participants and it would be fantastic if we could double that!

I would love to have you support our Climb in any way you can, whether it’s donating to our team, joining me in full sponsorship or just sharing the climb on Facebook! Every little bit helps!

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Sara Beckel, Family First Doula Service



Sara Beckel
CAPPA Labour/Postpartum Doula, PES
Owner- Family First Doula Service