Bridget Croteau lives in Bay Shore with her husband, Beau of 11 years. Together they have two children, Natalie and Chloe and a labradoodle, Jake. Bridget is a former science teacher, currently a stay-at-home mom, author and very active volunteer in her community. She is a volunteer for the Postpartum Resource Center of New York (PRCNY) serving as a part of the advocacy committee, fundraiser committees and also speaks at support groups, trainings and events.
Bridget suffered from Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety after the births of both her girls. Because of her experience and how alone she felt, Bridget is passionate about erasing the stigma surrounding maternal mental health, raising awareness for PMADs (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders) and educating those in her community. She hopes to help moms not feel alone, to encourage moms, dads and families to reach out for help and inspire community and health care members to become further educated on this topic. She shared part of her story In the book "A Dark Secret" and wrote her own book, "Me, Again" about her complete experience.
Bridget has appeared on several podcasts, written guest posts for blogs, magazines and newspapers and on been on local TV. She created and co-taught a webinar through St. Joseph’s College, about Postpartum Depression and other PMADs with Sonia Murdock, the executive director of the PRCNY. Bridget organized multiple documentary screenings, discussion and book signing program at libraries on Long Island. She frequently speaks at events, trainings and support group meetings to share her experience with PMAD.
She was awarded the "Volunteer of the Year" Award by the PRCNY in August 2018.
In her free time, Bridget enjoys reading, cooking, fitness, taking walks with her children, ballroom dancing and spending time with family and friends.