Pregnancy often delivers more than what’s expected. It’s a time of anticipation and wonder, but it can also be a difficult transition for fathers, siblings and mothers. For instance, one in eight women suffer from postpartum depression, the most common mental health complication after childbirth. Yet, there is a range of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Shasta County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is here to help with family resources, including the following first-person stories told by six brave Shasta County moms. Their honest stories don't sugarcoat motherhood. Instead, they share their hardships -- during and after pregnancy -- and how they found support and joy in motherhood. Click below to read their stories and view video interviews.

Amber Keegan      Amber PoeschelAmy Ross      Elisa KnopfShannon Brown      Stacey Finkle