Inspiration can come from the most surprising places. The title for this book, Bird in a House, came from a song by the nationally touring bluegrass act, Railroad Earth. Listen to a live recording of "Bird" here: Bird in a House on Lastfm.com.
Other lyrics used in Bird in a House come from the bluegrass band Sanctum Sully, and their song Tradewinds.
Amanda's Advocacy Work
There were many times during Amanda’s longest days that she couldn’t imagine being whole again, but she recovered with the help of advocates who fought for her recovery. Now, she invites you to learn more about advocacy efforts for maternal mental health issues.
There were many times during Amanda’s longest days that she couldn’t imagine driving to the grocery store. Thanks to all of the help she received, she has been able to participate in various events that bring moms and supporters together to raise their voices and share their hearts. At the most basic level, Amanda’s goal is to advocate for others who haven’t yet found their voice. The following events are examples of the advocacy efforts being led by major postpartum support organizations.
Climb Out of the Darkness (COTD) - The first Climb Out of the Darkness event was held in 2013, and Amanda joined the Raleigh Team for 2014, 2015, and 2016’s Climbs. In 2015 and 2016 she was a co-leader for the Raleigh-Durham team, working with incredible sisters PPD/PPA recovery.
Postpartum Support International’s Annual Conference - This annual conference is a chance for professionals working in the field of maternal mental health to come together to discuss research, practice, and advances in care for postpartum mothers. Amanda was able to attend this conference in 2014 as a representative of Postpartum Education and Support, a North Carolina based nonprofit, where she has volunteered since 2013.