Student organization helps mothers fight postpartum depression and other challenges as a new mother

Mothers Supporting Mothers is a student organization on the campus of Indiana State University. it's goal is to help mothers get through challenges that they'll face as a new mother.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 7:07 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Postpartum depression affects one out of every eight women. It’s something that can happen to anyone. Commonly known as the “baby blues”, new mothers experience this after giving birth. For women who are in college that have newborns, this depression could be much harder than normal.

“You feel like you’re not yourself,” said Deanna Cornelius, who is a mother to a two-year-old boy.

She found out she was pregnant during her freshman year as a track athlete at Indiana State University. She has been through postpartum depression. She said that was a bad time in her life, and she never wants to feel those emotions again.

“You lack emotion, you lack that love and attraction for wanting to be around your child,” said Cornelius.

Not too long after, that she stumbled across a group at Indiana State.

It’s called Mothers Supporting Mothers. It started last August of 2018. The goal of the group is to help mothers get through college while dealing with a job and other things they may run into as a new mother.

“I think it is wonderful what these women are doing,” said Valerie Hart-Craig.

She serves as a mentor for the organization. She told News 10 she likes to take a step back and watch these women help each other. It’s a refreshing sight to see in her eyes.

“They’re making a sacrifice to make sure that these women can be scholars and good mothers,” said Hart-Craig. She’s a mother of four herself. She understands that motherhood can have its ups and downs.

Mothers Supporting Mothers meets every other Sunday at the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center.

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