Briselda Molina Ortega joined a Crecer group “because I needed to learn how to be a parent.” She has completed parenting educator training and has led Crecer groups herself! Here, she recalls how Crecer helped her.
Since the first time I walked into the Crecer group, I felt a great relief because I realized that I was not alone in my journey. Most importantly, the information I gained helped me to realize that I was suffering from postpartum depression. Learning about my condition helped me to make sense of my feelings and ease my guilt.
The group became a much-needed break for me. I looked forward every week to the hot and healthy breakfast that our group leader, Ana Maria, made for us. And then, while I ate, someone would hold my son — that gave me hope that I would be able to be an individual again.
In the group, I also learned how to handle stress to avoid using violence with my child. The group not only gave me good information, but also a support group that has turned into a strong sisterhood — today we have all become best friends and our kids are close, as well.
After a few months in my Crecer group and taking antidepressants, I finally felt better and I began to enjoy my beautiful child.
My journey is not over. I’m constantly learning new ways to help myself and my child at every stage in his development, but the difference is that now I adapt to the situation and have a community of people to call on for help when I need it.