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ABOUT JULIE MAIDA About Julie MaidaMotherhood is hard, and I don’t pretend it’s easy. Parenting with mental illness is even harder, and I share my experience so that others might understand they are not alone.

My writing can be found Scary Mommy, The Huffington Post, Huffington Post -Canada/Russia/Germany/France, Today Parents, Blunt Moms, and many others websites and publications. In 2013, I battled a severe bout of postpartum depression, anxiety, and agoraphobia; which made it impossible for me to remain connected with the outside world of support. So, I started writing, and I haven’t stopped since.

In May of 2013, I “came out” about my personal recovery in a post titled I Got Sober Today. The post received an incredible response, and alerted me to the need for a supportive, judgment-free community for moms in and contemplating recovery. I founded in May of 2014; which is now the registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, Sober Mommies, Inc. 

Sober Mommies has a dynamic and revolutionary mission and supports women in all stages on all pathways to and over recovery from substance use and misuse. All women deserve a safe space to recover, and so we nurture a supportive environment where #momsDOrecover.

I enjoy public speaking, writing (obviously), and knitting funky scarves for my friends. 

So many women have trusted me with their truths, and I believe that’s where the magic happens. When two or more women connect in protected vulnerability, incredible things can and do happen — every day.

My writing can be found on Scary Mommy, has been translated into four languages for The Huffington Post, Medium, Today Show Parenting, Blunt Moms, BonBon Break, and BlogHer/SheKnows Media. 

If you would like to request Julie speak at an upcoming event or conference, please send an email to contact[@]

Previous Speaking Engagements:

  •  “Recovery, Heartbreak, and Hope”: DMH, Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center Symposium and Gailanne Reeh Lecture
  • Parenting in Recovery: SAMHSA/BRSS TACS Webinar
  • The DoctorsShould Addicts Be Sterilized?
  • Event Speaker: Massachusetts AdvocatesChildren’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative
  • She Recovers NYC  – Sober Blogger Team – Live Broadcasts
  • Recovery Today – Breaking The Recovery Mold  Interview w/ Sherry Gaba

Listen to the interview: