“Postpartum depression helped me find my own definition of wellness”

“Postpartum depression helped me find my own definition of wellness”
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Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Kalie Garcia David had a high-flying career in the San Francisco tech industry, until a diagnosis of postpartum depression took her in a new direction. After her daughter was born, Kalie Garcia David was a “hot mess”.  “Is it okay to say that?” She asks during our interview. Kalie is nervous as this is the first time she has spoken publicly about her postpartum depression. Despite it being the most commonly experienced mental health condition following childbirth, affecting one in 10 women in the UK, and between 10 and 20 per cent of new mothers in the US, it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience.  “For me, it just meant feeling very, very sad,” says Kalie. “After a couple of weeks my husband had to go back to work and I was on my own, having to navigate this world as a new mother. I was learning a new routine, functioning on very little sleep and without my usual tools, while feeling this underlying sadness that I didn’t know how to navigate.” Women in tech When she fell pregnant Kalie had spent a decade carving out a successful career in politics and tech, as a leading product developer. After studying political science at university, being based in the city of San Francisco, she developed a deep love of technology. Kalie took on a role as lead project manager on a political platform launched to campaign against the building of the keystone pipeline [a controversial oil pipeline system running through Canada and the US], alongside former Obama staff members.  “I absolutely loved it, it really cemented my deep passion for technology and how it could ultimately be used to change the world,” says Kalie. “It was an incredible time to jump in and be…

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