Deborah Rimmler was so looking forward to the birth of her first baby. “My whole life, I wanted to have a family,” she says. She married late and had her baby boy when she was 43, in 2009. Within a week of giving birth, she was wrestling with postpartum depression (PPD), which affects about 15 percent of new mothers.
Rimmler’s case was a variation on the illness, called postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder. On June 21, Rimmler, who lives in Lenox with her husband and two sons, ages 4 and 2, will participate in a fund-raiser called Climb Out of the Darkness. She will hike Mount Greylock with others to help raise money and awareness for postpartum depression.