In 2015, Mao Wan gave birth to her first child in Shanghai. She suffered from severe postpartum depression. By knitting and making things by hand, she slowly worked her way out of depression. In order to raise awareness about postpartum depression, she began knitting sweaters to cover the entire railing of the Fairview Square in Pudong.
Man recalls that before giving birth, she was unfamiliar with depression and postpartum depression. The physical pain of giving birth and the emotional struggles after were far beyond her expectations. After giving birth, she says her “life was a mess”. She felt out of shape, agitated, uncomfortable, sleepless, woke up with dark circles underneath her eyes and she felt that she could not control her baby.
Mao suddenly retreated, she lost her social circle and her job and stayed home all the time suffering. This is when she picked up her hobby of knitting. It gave her a sense of security. Soon, she began posting pictures of her work on her moments and received so much positive feedback! She began posting videos giving tutorials and sharing more of her work.
"There are many other mothers like me who are going through this journey. Postpartum depression is not taken seriously by many people. Many precious mothers are struggling to get by in their own pain and other people's confusion, and some of them go to extremes, which is very tragic. So, I also hope knitting can help more mothers out of the shadow of depression.” Mao expressed.
"There are many other mothers like me who are going through this journey. Postpartum depression is not taken seriously by many people. Many precious mothers are struggling to get by in their own pain and other people's confusion, and some of them go to extremes, which is very tragic. So, I also hope weaving can help more mothers out of the shadow of depression. MAO said later.
It took her only 4 months to cover the 500-meter rails with crochet. On Weibo, #postpartumdepression went viral with videos and pictures of her work. “Postpartum Mother Knits for the Railing”. Chinese netizens called for attention and understanding of this matter and encouraged other mothers suffering from postpartum to come forward and express their feelings.
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