In 2018, Ariana Sutton, who was 36 at the time, gave birth to a healthy girl. Since this was the first child the couple had ever had, everyone was very happy.
But even though everyone thought their home and lives would be full of happiness, Ariana went through something that many new moms go through postpartum depression.
This problem happens to 1 in 10 women who give birth, which is a lot more often than people think.
Tyler Sutton, Ariana’s husband, is a police officer in Massachusetts. He said that his wife had never had any mental problems before she had Melody, but it was clear that she was having a hard time after Melody was born.
“Neither of us knew very much about it, so we were both in the dark.” Tyler told us.”When I got home one morning, I didn’t know who was sitting in front of me. So, we took my daughter to the hospital and left her with her grandma. Ariana was taken to the hospital twice, but with some medicine and care, she was back to her old self. People who knew her remember her as “warm” and “upbeat.” She was a happy mother and a dance teacher.
A few years later, Ariana got pregnant again. This time, she was carrying twins.
The babies were born on May 23, 2023. This time, Ariana’s family knew she could have postpartum depression again, so they were ready to help her as much as they could. “When we finally found out we were having twins, we made a plan. “We’ve put together a team,” Tyler said.
“This time, what had happened to her over the course of a few weeks happened in just a few days,” he said. “Even though we had a plan, we couldn’t have known that this would happen so quickly and unexpectedly.” Unfortunately, this mom’s symptoms came on faster and worse than they had before, and Ariana executed herself soon after giving birth to her twins, Everly Irene and Rowan Stephen.
“It takes a very strong person to ask for help,” a broken Tyler said.” Suppose we could just make it normal for women to ask for help instead of feeling ashamed for not being able to do it themselves because this is a real thing. It is very, very real, very powerful, and very dangerous, and it shouldn’t be faced alone.”
The family set up a GoFundMe page to help Tyler raise awareness about postpartum depression. Tyler also said he wants to see a change in how doctors and nurses talk to parents-to-be about sadness after giving birth.
“If I could start something right now, it would be to ask the medical community to make a small change to their routine and add one more thing to their list of things to do when they meet with people,” he said.
This sad news about the death of a young mother of three makes us sad. We hope Tyler stays strong for the sake of his three kids, who will grow up without a mother to love them.