``I FEEL I WAS BLESSED WITH A WAY OUT OF THE WOODS SO I MIGHT USE THIS NEW LEASE ON LIFE TO HELP OTHERS FIND THEIR WAY OUT.``

In 2011, when Marina LaVoie was 20 weeks pregnant with her first child, she began experiencing crushing anxiety, depression, and fear. Seemingly overnight, she went from happily preparing for the birth of her first child to spending sleepless nights pacing, watching the clock, counting down the days, minutes, seconds until she can deliver her baby. Marina is diagnosed with peripartum depression, a chemical imbalance similar to postpartum depression, but which takes place during the pregnancy, and can continue on after birth. Over 10 years and two kids later, depression is still very much a part of the daily struggle for Marina and many other women like her.

Nearly 20 percent of women who become pregnant will experience peripartum depression. When left untreated, peripartum depression not only effects the health and quality of life for the mother, but can also affect the well-being of the baby who can be born prematurely, with low birth weight. The disease also causes bonding issues between the mother and child and can contribute to sleeping and feeding problems as well.

Marina’s passion, beyond the creation of the Luna collection, is to raise awareness for peripartum depression, and hopefully provide inspiration for other women who are also suffering from this debilitating disease. A portion of each sale from the Luna Collection will go to benefit research and raise awareness for Peripartum and Postpartum Depression in the hopes of bringing peace and treatment to many mothers in need.