Mamas, The Struggle is Real and God’s Grace is Greater.
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Olivia is a devoted mother to her three beautiful children, Elliot, Ethan, and Coralia. Olivia is a stay-at-home mother. Her family deeply values their Christian faith. Olivia’s personal journey as a mother of three and her past experiences with five miscarriages, infertility, depression, postpartum depression, panic attacks, and anxiety are what lead her to create Postpartum Mamas.
Olivia holds a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and working towards her Masters in Social Work & LCSW from the University of Washington.
"With God all things are possible." Mathew 19:26
Gig Harbor Facilitator
President Board of Directors
Jessie Melcher is first a daughter to the highest King, wife to her high school sweetheart and a mother to her 4 children, Natalie, Rosalie, Odin and Malakai. Her journey of motherhood she describes as “becoming.” She boldly shares that we as mothers haven’t “lost” ourselves; and going back isn’t the answer; rather embracing the new and letting motherhood refine and grow us.
Jessie obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from The University of Washington in 2011. She enjoys spending time with her children; dreaming and adventuring with her husband and empowering others to chase their God given dreams and destiny
"Leave People Better"
Gig Harbor Facilitator
Secretary Board of Directors
Founded in 2019, Postpartum Mamas (PPM) is a non-profit organization which provides free monthly support groups to mothers experiencing all struggles through motherhood including but not limited to depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss, pregnancy complications, parenting struggles, lack of family support, loneliness, isolation, or any of the other myriad challenges modern mothers face. PPM fosters growth of new friendships and lends ongoing social support to mothers at all stages in their journeys. PPM seeks to connect mothers through local monthly support groups, so that they may join in community with other mothers going through similar experiences. The nonjudgmental, empathetic, and—most importantly—confidential environment of PPM support groups helps mothers to feel heard, valued, and unconditionally supported. When we talk about our struggles in spaces that are loving, authentic, and real, we help to bring awareness to issues often hidden in fear of judgement or shame.
PPM is founded upon Christian principles to encourage and uplift mothers throughout their journeys, and to strengthen their positive coping mechanisms and healing practices. All mothers regardless of race, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, or background will be welcomed and supported graciously. PPM has a place for all mothers who feel isolated or desire the support of other strong and talented women. Mothers give sacrificially, unconditionally, and selflessly, and they deserve a supportive community where they can grieve their difficulties and celebrate their blessings.
Mothers today need more support than social media and hectic playdates can provide. And in the chaos of motherhood, it can be hard to take the time to seek out authentic relationships. PPM provides a community of women who share the goal of deep connection, acceptance, and growth. Through PPM, mothers in all phases of life can confidentially express their innermost thoughts and feelings, no matter what those are. Creating, carrying, and nurturing life is the greatest gift given to us. Postpartum Mamas is so excited that you are here to contribute your own unique experiences and strengths to help other mothers remember that they, too, are unconditionally loved, valued, and have a great purpose here on earth.
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Postpartum Mamas serves as a monthly support group for all mothers experiencing any and all struggles through motherhood including but not limited to depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss, pregnancy complications, parenting struggles, lack of family support, loneliness, isolation, or any of the other myriad challenges modern mothers face. All mothers are welcomed and included no matter what they are experiencing, and no matter what their journey has encompassed. This program is a support group for ALL mothers who struggle with similar and diverse experiences as mothers. Our stories are different and diverse, but our struggles and perseverance through these struggles are very similar. The goal is to unify in a supportive environment and not feel ashamed to talk about the “deep things” in our lives that can so often not be spoken about with even best friends or close family members in fear of judgement or shame. Even for a simple desire to form authentic quality friendships based on trust, or to simply release your thoughts or burdens from your week as a mother, Postpartum Mamas is here and serves a purpose for all mothers. Together, facilitators, co-facilitators, and members work to create a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and confidential environment that helps mothers to feel heard, valued, and unconditionally supported.