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Nicole Dabeau, a TV Host for Fox Sports, is on a mission to change the way we think as women. Nicole is a new mom to a 6 month old little girl named Charlie whose journey through pregnancy and motherhood gave rise to her new passion project: globally unifying women.
There was something about my interview with Nicole that made me feel like we were destined to connect as new moms. We both have 6 month old daughters and we both, after becoming moms, realized that we want to help other women feel supported and understood during their own motherhood journeys. But it wasn’t just this small coincidence that made me feel more connected to Nicole. It was the fact that we both went through something after giving birth that changed the way we think about new motherhood: postpartum depression.
When our conversation started we both shared our motherhood journeys –
I told Nicole how I started with Expectful and how I wanted to help pregnant women and new moms emotionally. All by conveniently skipping over the fact that I had postpartum depression, which is one of the driving factors in why I wanted to help new moms.
Nicole told me the story of how she felt empowered during pregnancy and how motherhood has made her feel more creative and passionate about women supporting women. “All we see on television are shows about women being catty or aggressive towards one another. I want to create a show that celebrates women, one that shines light on women’s struggles and unifies us through them.”
After speaking longer and listening to Nicole’s passion behind women not being afraid to talk about the “real stuff” that’s happening, I felt the urge to share my struggle with Postpartum depression with her. I realized that by not being open with women about this hard time in my life, I was making it difficult for other women to open up.
After telling Nicole I apologized for not saying it earlier, I added “I was scared of how you would react.”
To my surprise (and shock) Nicole shared with me that she too had struggled with PD.
This was the first time a woman had ever told me “I had postpartum depression too”. The overwhelming relief that I felt in that moment symbolizes everything Nicole is trying to create: celebrating and supporting every part of what it means to be a woman.
I can’t wait to see what Nicole’s new project has in store for all of us but until then I hope you enjoy her inspiring interview below.