After a devastating bout with postpartum depression and OCD after the birth of her first child, Katherine Stone created the award winning, internationally recognized website Postpartum Progress in 2004 to raise awareness and give mothers the most comprehensive and honest information and support. Postpartum Progress is now the most widely read blog in the world on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, reaching 500,000 unique individuals annually. To expand on that work, in 2011 Katherine founded Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on raising awareness and providing peer support for women with maternal mental illness. Her goal is to make sure her daughter’s generation will not suffer in silence, as she did and many thousands of mothers still do, from the most common complication of childbirth.
Katherine also writes occasionally about women’s empowerment and the fact that you don’t have to be fearless to be fierce at the Fierce blog. Additionally, she has been a parenting columnist at Something Fierce at Disney’s Babble.com, and prior to that at If Mama Ain’t Happy for AOL’s Parentdish. (Looking for specific social media metrics for Katherine Stone? Click here.)
Katherine has received numerous awards for her postpartum depression and women’s mental health advocacy work. She was chosen as a WebMD Health Hero in 2008, a program that recognizes individuals who have overcome challenges and helped transform healthcare. WebMD’s editor-in-chief called her site an “authoritative, credible, friendly and savvy haven.” In 2012, she was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List, which hailed her for de-stigmatizing PPD, “…by sharing her experience in bravely naked detail.” She won the 2013 Health Activist Hero Award from WEGO Health and the 2010 Bloganthropy Award for using social media to make a difference and is often named among the top depression and parenting bloggers, including by Babble, Kids in the House, Psych Central and more. She won a Mental Health America Media Award, given for outstanding portrayals of mental health issues, in 2011 for writing “The Six Stages of Postpartum Depression.” And, BONUS!! … In 2013 Postpartum Progress was featured as a question on Jeopardy.
In 2014, Katherine won the Iris Award for Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work in a category filled with such nominees as the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, ONE, Every Mother Counts, the Make A Wish Foundation and Movember. The Iris Awards are given for quality and excellence in parenting blogging and social media.
Katherine has appeared in or been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News, iVillage, Health.com, the Daily Beast, the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution among others. She was named among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012, as well as one of the top Twitter moms.
Katherine is a very dynamic and engaging speaker and has spoken at numerous events around the country about the topics of postpartum depression, parenting, social media, and the patient empowerment movement. She has also served as a United Nations Foundation Social Good Fellow.
Prior to becoming a full-time blogger, advocate and stay-at-home mom of two, Stone spent seven years in corporate marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. She lives in the Atlanta area. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog.
And yes, I’m talking about myself in the third person.