Postpartum depression affects countless new mothers all year round. Beauty Queen Meranie Gadiana Rahman understands the plights that mothers who struggle with the baby blues go through. As a mother who went through the same trials in the past, she now looks to help mothers who struggle with postpartum depression.
Meranie has brought to light the pains of postpartum struggles. She is using her platform and time to bring hope to mothers who are devoid of it. As a winner of Mrs. Philippines World, a prestigious pageant that has been around since 1984, her influence has brought about a catalytic work that is helping many mothers everywhere.
Meranie Gadiana Rahman has a degree in hotel and restaurant management and tourism. She is married to an emergency room physician and internist, Dr. Inam Rahman. Together, they have a beautiful three-year-old son, Jaleel, and reside in Hawaii.
On top of busying herself with pageant preparation and taking care of her family, Meranie also runs a non-profit organization called “You Are Loved Foundation.” The charity is advocacy for postpartum depressed mothers. Through news, media, TV, and influencer meetups, Meranie Gadiana Rahman has been working hard to spread her message. She has appeared on many shows in Manila and Cagayan De Oro in the Philippines and in her hometown Honolulu. She has also met with world-renowned boxer and politician Senator Manny Pacquiao to talk about her advocacy through her work.
After having Jaleel, Meranie, too, suffered from postpartum depression. “When my baby was born, I was very emotional and tearful, having this bundle of joy in my arms,” shares Meranie. But sometimes life gives you twists and turns. All of a sudden, for no reason, I started to feel depressed. I had mood swings. I could not sleep. I would cry for hours every day.”
Studies show that an average of seventy to eighty percent of women will experience some level of baby blues in their life. Around 20 percent will develop a significant level of clinical postpartum disorder. Meranie Gadiana Rahman knew the struggle. Yet thankfully, she found a way to persevere. Now she looks to use her platform to be a champion for women, developing educational campaigns and support groups to help women cope better through the baby blues.
As the winner of Mrs. Philippines, Meranie now sets her eyes on the Mrs. World crown, which will be held in Sri Lanka this year. On November 12 to 21, 2020, the contest will happen where Meranie will proudly represent her nation and her advocacy. As she enters the contest, Meranie looks to compete with no one else except herself. “I have come a long way,” shares Meranie Gadiana Rahman. “From being a shy village girl, I have now become a loving mother, dedicated wife, model, philanthropist, and national pageant title holder. I feel that if I can represent who I am in the best possible way and with best of my abilities, I will be considered a unique person.”
Meranie’s heart goes out to the many women who lose time, confidence, and sometimes even their lives over postpartum depression. In the coming days, she hopes to represent her country well in the upcoming Mrs. World Beauty Pageant and advance her cause of supporting women who struggle with the baby blues.
To learn more about Meranie, visit her Facebook page.