Co-workers in Owlet Baby Care share the same mission: working towards a future where each parent, new and expected, has access to better tools to take care of his baby at home. Not only do they share the mission, but they share the company's passion and always look for ways to help in their society.
Owlet employees give back
This #GivingTuesday employees chose to donate money from their paycheck to buy Owlet Smart Socks for families struggling with postpartum depression. They hope that their donation will facilitate at least some of the anxiety associated with taking care of a newborn child in the home.
According to Association of Psychological Association (APA), "It is common for women to experience" baby blues "feeling stressed, sad, anxious, lonely, tired or weepy – after their children's birth. However, some women up to 1 in 7 experience a much more serious mood disease: postpartum depression (PPD). PPD can affect all women women with mild pregnancies or problem pregnancies, the first time mothers and mothers with one or more children, women who are married and women who are not and regardless of income, age, racial or ethnicity, culture or education. "
Sleep insufficiency may also trigger PPD. The Mayo Clinic found that when mothers are sleepy and overwhelmed they may have difficulty managing small tasks. This leads them to be more keen on their ability to take care of a newborn, which further contributes to postpartum depression.
New mom, Kaneesha, explains how worried she has been since havinGo her first baby, Brooks. "I tried to put him in his own room when he was six months old, but I was so nervous about him, I slept in the door." She says, "I hope that with an Owlet Smart Sock, my separation anxiety will decrease and hopefully I'll sleep better."
Lack of sleep and the increased stress that comes from getting a orphanage were variables that Eric Dyches knows all about. After her wife, Emily, had given birth to her fifth child, she experienced weak panic attacks. Her physician immediately felt that she was suffering from depression in the postpartum, but due to the availability of the services, her symptoms became worse. In February 2016, while traveling as a passenger in a car on the interstate, Emily experienced a major panic attack. This led to her leaving the vehicle and entering the road for incoming traffic. Unfortunately she was beaten and shot dead and left her five children without a mother.
The Emily Effect was born from this tragedy by her devoted husband and child to help other mothers suffering from a pregnancy-related mental disorder. This effective non-profit organization has worked with local hospitals to carry out screening for depression and to provide access to resources in society.
To give parents peace of mind
The employees of Owlet were so touched by Emily Effect's noble reason that the donations have reached a total of 150 Smart Socks. Specialized treatment facilities near the company's headquarters have been identified as recipients of these generous donations, which will distribute the units to mothers suffering from PPD. These bodies include:
- Serenity Recovery: An outpatient treatment center dedicated to mothers who go through perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Our evidence-based treatment models focus on competence building in a safe and welcoming environment. Clients will participate in individual and / or group sessions that are personal to each individual to master skills that help them heal.
- Reach Counseling: Reach Counseling offers a range of services for women experiencing perinatal mood or other mental illnesses. Our services include a perinatal intensive outpatient program, general counseling for individuals, children, couples and families as well as a free mother support group. We are committed to helping women and families along their journey towards increased peace and happiness. We also accept a variety of insurance policies.
- St Marks Perinatal Polyclinic Program: St Mark's Hospital Behavioral Health Services offers an intensive outpatient mood and anxiety disorder for pregnant and new mothers to develop individual and effective handling skills to help them feel once again.
"I love my children, but for the last four years, I've been as dark as I've suffered with PPD," said Natasha, a patient at Serenity Recovery, who recently had her third child. "I'm surprised at Owlet's generosity and I'm so excited to have my own Smart Sock. It's going to give me so much sense of peace."
You can help
Most people are not aware, but perinatal mood disorders are the most common complications of childbirth. And there are several warning signs that one and a partner should note, so be sure to get acquainted with them before the child is born.
symptoms of PPD:
- Fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance
- Excessive concern about the health of the children
- Intense anxiety; dreams, obsessions
- Intrusive or scary thoughts
- Feeling insufficient to cope with new infants
- Loss of interest in common activities
- Debt, valuelessness or incompetence
- Feeling sad, depressed and / or crying a lot
- Change of appetite
- Poor concentration
- suicidal thoughts
If you know someone who suffers from any of these symptoms, be sure to refer them to a healthcare professional.
"We can not thank Owlet and their employees for their generous Smart Sock donation to Reach Counseling. We know that this product will help greatly to our customers who face postpartum. I've used a Smart Sock on my own children and have felt tired of their safety. I look forward to seeing positive changes with families who benefit from these gifts. "Ashley Henderson, Owner and Clinics at Reach Counseling.
Written by: Michelle Dangerfield, Clinical Program Lead and Misty Bond, Communications Manager