POEM Event Benefits New Mothers

Jenny Rogers

No one ever says motherhood is easy. But, for some women, those first few months are downright difficult. Enter POEM (perinatal outreach and enragement for moms), a program of Mental Health America of Franklin County. The program-the only one of its kind in the state-offers a wealth of services for new moms dealing with postpartum depression and struggling with the adjustment to new motherhood.

On Friday, May 1, POEM will host Give Mom the Mic: Tales from Motherhood at the Makoy Center in Hilliard. The event-created to raise both funds and awareness of the program-is about connecting mothers, says Maggie Hallett, director of development and marketing for MHA.

The evening includes "momologues"-tales of motherhood from local women-in a performance that promises to be as funny as it is inspirational. Emceed by WOSU's Ann Fisher and featuring four local actors, the show hopes to empower women. "It's the anti-mommy wars," Hallett says. The stories to be presented on Friday were gathered over the last several months through informal sessions in which real moms-young and old-spoke about their experiences with motherhood.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. All proceeds-from tickets and the raffle-benefit POEM.