Kori Zwaagstra is a devoted wife and mother of two boys. Like so many, she struggled after giving birth and now uses her own personal experience with postpartum depression to encourage other mothers.
The joy of welcoming her second son into their family quickly turned to deep sorrow, days spent crying and a dark feeling that her family would be better off without her. Thanks to the caring intervention of a friend, Kori was able to communicate these feelings with her doctor and was diagnosed with postpartum depression. Kori’s treatment plan included talk therapy, medication, and a sincere focus on self-care through fitness. As Mrs. Texas International, she aims to share the truths and falsehoods about perinatal mood disorder, while letting moms know they are not alone.
A Warrior Mom Ambassador with Postpartum Progress, Kori participates in outreach by providing Maternal Mental Health Checklists to obstetricians and pediatricians. She is a regular speaker with all types of community groups including MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Rotary and Junior League. Additionally, she serves as the leader for the 2016 Lubbock Climb Out Of The Darkness, the world’s largest event raising awareness for postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis and pregnancy depression. The Climb is a grassroots event where women around the world go outside and walk or hike on the longest day of the year to shine a light on PPD and related illnesses.
Kori and her husband, Jake, met while attending the University of Arizona and have been married eleven years. They have two sons: Zayne, who is seven, and Gage, age five. As a family, they enjoy skiing, Sunday night pancake “bupper” and their two English Setters. A health and fitness coach, Kori works with women to find their healthiest and most confident self.