The idea of Project Afterglow grew from my own postpartum experience after the birth of my son. I was fortunate to have a healthy pregnancy and labour however, complications during the delivery meant I experienced a longer than anticipated recovery. Although I expected it would take time to recover, I did not foresee the physical and emotional toll it would take on my health. My anxiety and depression surfaced soon after my son was born, but I did not begin to notice the more serious effects until he was around eight months old. Having worked in the mental health sector for many years, I felt I should be the first to recognize I was struggling and to ask for support. It was difficult to step back and realize that I was experiencing postnatal anxiety and depression. Once I identified and accepted this I began to seek support.
During my postpartum journey I realized how difficult it was to access resources for postpartum depression and anxiety. There were limited services designed specifically for the postpartum period and the issue was not discussed as openly as I had hoped.
My experience motivated me to develop Project Afterglow. Afterglow is defined by Merriam-Webster as; "a glow remaining where a light has disappeared." This resonated with me and my journey into Motherhood. There were many moments when I felt my light had disappeared. However, I knew the glow was still there I just needed the support and confidence to reclaim it. Project Afterglow provides a safe, supportive and empowering space for women to explore their their journey into Motherhood. Project Afterglow fills a gap in our community for postpartum women to share their stories, be nurtured and come together to build a community of love and support.
Let's Reclaim our Glow!
Qualifications Master of Science in Mental Health Counselling (USA) Bachelor of Science in Counselling Psychology (USA) Certificate in Forensic Services (USA) IPT-Level A Certified (Interpersonal Therapy) Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Reiki II Certified Womb Keeper- 13th Rite of the Womb Post Natal Doula Student-Childbirth International
Registration Australian Counselling Association (ACA) CPR Certified
Community Contributions Kindred Clubhouse- Founder & President PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia)
Featured in Mornington Peninsula Kids Magazine Spring 2017: Reclaiming My Glow- One Mother’s Journey Through Postnatal Anxiety and Depression
"If anybody is feeling down, needs advice, where to go what to do I highly recommend you attend any of Afterglow workshops.
We will definitely be going to more. Great work Stefanie . We really need you in our community. Thank you"
"I think Project Afterglow's services are excellent and so needed in our society where we no longer have a large village of support post baby." RF