Motherhood 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 sobermommies.com 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[@]juliemaida.me
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 Doctors - Should Addicts Be Sterilized?
- Event Speaker: Massachusetts Advocates, Children’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: