Maternal Profile

Crystal L. Jackson: Navigating Postpartum Challenges


My name is Crystal L. Jackson, a nurse by trade specializing in maternal newborn nursing, and a mother of four living in Fort Pierce, Florida. My journey through motherhood has been anything but ordinary, yet, it's my most recent postpartum experience that truly tested my strength, leading to a path of healing and self-discovery. Imagine facing your sixth pregnancy with a history of severe preeclampsia, emergency c-sections, and profound emotional scars from previous childbirth experiences.

That was my reality.

My fourth child, and sixth pregnancy, was a total surprise. The news arrived when my third child and I were just 13 months apart, plunging me into a whirlpool of depression and anxiety. The fear of preeclampsia loomed over my head, alongside the dread of returning to the hospital or facing another miscarriage. I was overwhelmed—balancing a full-time job while caring for an infant and struggling to cope.

The Transformative Power of Therapy

Recognizing I couldn't let my fears dictate my life, I took a decisive step toward mental wellness. Early in my third trimester, I sought help for my postpartum depression and anxiety. That's when I discovered Prospera Mental Health & Wellness, a platform that specializes in perinatal mental health. Their virtual therapy sessions offered a lifeline, a chance to heal from years of trauma without the added stress of leaving home or managing childcare.

My weekly Zoom sessions with a maternal-trained counselor became my sanctuary. For the first time, I felt seen and heard, beyond my role as a mother or a nurse. We delved into my list of fears, unraveling years of accumulated trauma and anxiety. These sessions weren't just about coping strategies; they were about transformation. Through laughter and tears, I found a safe space to express my deepest fears and joys without judgment. Prospera matched me with a therapist who understood my needs, offering personalized support that guided me through the darkest days of my postpartum journey.

A New Dawn of Awareness and Advocacy

This experience taught me that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. To other mothers facing similar struggles, know that your thoughts and feelings are valid. The path to healing begins with reaching out, whether through therapy, support groups, or online resources. Organizations must expand their outreach through digital platforms, making mental health support accessible to all women, especially those in underserved communities.

My advocacy for maternal mental health is deeply personal. I've seen firsthand how therapy can save lives, offering a glimmer of hope amidst despair. It's crucial for healthcare providers, particularly OB-GYNs, to recognize the signs of postpartum depression and anxiety, providing referrals to specialized services like Prospera. As a society, we must dismantle the stigma surrounding maternal mental health, ensuring every mother has the support she needs to thrive.

In the end, my journey is a testament to the transformative power of seeking help. It's a reminder that even in our most vulnerable moments, we are not alone. There is always a path forward, lit by the support and understanding of those dedicated to our well-being.

Make a Difference

For Moms: Share your story and inspire change in maternal health. Your experiences can lead to meaningful advancements in care.

For Researchers: Connect with mothers to enrich your research and spur innovation in maternal health.