Be Inspired 2015




Tanya Newbould

1. Give us a brief history on yourself before becoming a Mom.

Born in Manchester, England and adopted, I lived in England until 2 1/2 years old. We then moved to Michigan. At the age of 21, I relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting and modeling. I also had the honor of becoming Miss Newport Beach, Miss Hollywood, Miss Southern California and 1st runner up in Miss California. At that time I met married the man of my dreams James Del Pozzo. Along the way I’ve had the fortune of doing 18 plus movies and a television series on Bravo called “First Class All the Way”. I began to create and sell jewelry and now have a successful line called Del Pozzo Designs. After 10 years of marriage, James and I decided to become parents. Truly blessed by God, I got pregnant at the age of 42 naturally and just after my 43rd birthday, Ava was born.

2) Tell us about your child (children). What makes them unique?

We were blessed with a beautiful little girl that we named Ava. She is strong in spirit, kind, compassionate and feisty! She is now seven years old and watching her grow is amazing. I’m so proud of her and everything she is becoming.

3) What has been your greatest challenge since you’ve become a Mother?

Becoming a mom was a dream come true. I had dreamed of it, yearned for it and was blessed to be able to do it. My greatest challenge I feel is balance. Being a good mother and wife while working. I run on high energy every day and feel there are never enough hours to get everything accomplished. After seven years of doing this I realize that I haven’t truly been taking the best care of myself. Recently I’ve gotten back into yoga which is fantastic for body, mind and spirit and got my health fully checked. As women, we tend to put ourselves last and yet if we’re not healthy and taking care of ourselves, no one else will. We owe that to ourselves and our families. Try to make healthy food choices, exercise, alcohol in moderation and take moments where you can to breathe and be kind to yourself.

4) What has been your lowest point in your motherhood journey? How did you survive it?

I chose to have a C Section because I was over 40 and felt it was a safer way to go for both myself and her. I had a very severe reaction to the epidural and was violently shaking and throwing up for six hours after the birth. When I went home a few days later I thought I would be filled with complete joy, I wasn’t. Soon the exhaustion kicked in and within four weeks Ava became very colicky. We would rock her back and forth for 1/2 shifts at night, every night. As evening approached I would be filled with fear and anxiety. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to become a mother and do this to themselves. I was scared to leave the house and became very depressed. People would tell me to go for a walk and that was too overwhelming to me. I loved Ava from the moment I found out I was pregnant, but wasn’t feeling the joy that people were telling me I should. Both my OB/Gyn and therapist who I had been seeing since I was four months pregnant (prepartum depression) wanted to put me on antidepressants. I’m very holistic and this wasn’t an option for me although I respect every woman who feels this is a good choice. When Ava was four and a half months old, I read Brooke Shield’s book “Down Came The Rain”. For the first time I realized a had Postpartum depression. I finally had a label to what I was experiencing. I then went on 5 HTP and Rose Hip oil and two weeks later like clockwork, the depression lifted. From that time on I’ve truly enjoyed and love being a mom. I love Ava with all of my heart and she is the greatest blessing God has ever given to me.

5)Do you have friends with similar challenges? Are you supported?

Fortunately the women that are my friends have not experienced the postpartum depression that I did. That being said, when I was going through it, I couldn’t find information on it and decided that a documentary on Postpartum and Perinatal Mood disorders was desperately needed. I approached film maker Jamielyn Lippman to direct and we teamed up with Lindsey Gerszt and produced “When The Bough Breaks”. I’m honored to say that Brooke Shields narrated and Executive Produced our documentary. Because of this, I’ve had many moms come forward and share their struggles with PPD. It affects one in five women and the more we can get information out to the public, the more we can help new and existing moms and possibly save lives.

6) What is the best part about being a Mom?

The best part of being a mom is the love you give and receive. Watching your child grow and change. Delighting in their joys and comforting them in their sorrows. I feel it’s truly the greatest blessing I’ve ever received having Ava. Also for me being adopted and having a child that’s a blood relative has healed much of my own abandonment issues. I wanted more than one child and lost two pregnancy’s after Ava. It was heartbreaking, but I’m truly grateful for what I have.

7) What does the future hold for you?

Working more on my jewelry line. I love being a jewelry designer! I have a new website
I am also acting/producing. That is a passion for me. My website will keep growing. And watch for our documentary “When The Bough Breaks”. My other plan of action for the near future is to create a foundation for women experiencing PPD. I want to create a space of awareness and safety to help women experiencing this very challenging and real depression.

Thank you Tanya for sharing your story!!!

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