Postpartum Depression & Women's Mental Health Advocate
During a devastating bout with postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, Katherine Stone spent a year feeling alone and defective, convinced her child would never love her. After she recovered, she decided it was high time someone made some noise about this common yet underreported childbirth complication, so she created the award-winning internationally recognized website Postpartum Progress to raise awareness and give mothers comprehensive information and support. Read More >
"I can’t begin to tell you what fantastic feedback we’ve received about Katherine. We have heard the phrase “best non-profit gala ever in Grand Rapids” from more than one person, and a huge part of that is due to Katherine’s compelling performance. She was articulate, engaging, and really took the time to promote our program and facility which was of course appreciated by upper management. Everyone at Pine Rest could not be more pleased. Thank you for connecting us to her, she was a perfect fit for what we needed."
"As COO for BlogHer, Inc., I run our events business, including ultimate responsibility for the quality of our conference programming. We have secured Katherine Stone as a speaker for multiple events and in a number of formats... from conversational panelist for large audiences to facilitator for more intimate, hands-on workshops. Katherine has always delivered the appropriate combination of inspiration, warm relatability, and practical, actionable advice. I consider Katherine to be a role model for community members who want to add public speaking to their resumes."
"The Maternal Wellness Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment worked with Katherine Stone in the fall of 2012 to present a live webinar on pregnancy-related depression. Katherine’s presentation provided both the ‘ins and outs’ of pregnancy-related depression and insight into her own experience battling postpartum OCD, drawing some of the best attendance we've ever had. Katherine is an advocate and speaker who engages the audience by weaving facts and statistics together with personal reflections."
"From the moment Katherine started speaking, the audience became one set of ears. Katherine’s ability to simply tell her story, her vulnerability, and her extensive expertise on the topic is riveting. Katherine speaks both for herself and the thousands of women out there who have come through this experience with complete accessibility, candor, and mastery. She has single-handedly created an online resource that is the only one of its kind and can speak powerfully to what needs to be done. Katherine’s voice is singular and critical to expecting and postpartum women everywhere!"