Being a mother can be the most rewarding role in a woman’s life. When she’s expecting, it’s often a time of joy, excitement, and preparation—from late-night food runs for cravings to the baby shower. After the baby is born, many women are faced with the unexpected—postpartum depression. Nationally, postpartum depression (PPD) affects 1 in 7 mothers.

Author Laray E. Dyer suffered a severe case of PPD and is still recovering.  Her new book, “When the Bough Breaks: Unearthing the Roots of Postpartum Depression,” is a ground-breaking memoir that not only considers Laray’s journey to PPD but also the perspective of her providers.

Having experienced depression and anxiety for over two decades, being diagnosed with PPD did not come as a surprise to Laray; the complexity of it did.  To spread the awareness of the issues surrounding PPD among women and the healthcare industry, Laray will be hosting “This Is Our Story: Self-Care Summit and Book Launch” on Friday, March 27, 2020-Saturday, March 28, 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Oconee (1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642).

During this 2-day event, guests will enjoy a Ritz-Carlton Spa & Dinner Experience, Keynote Session, and Overnight Accommodation on Friday, and an Indulgent Breakfast Buffet, Private Luncheon, Advanced Sessions, and a Book Signing of “When The Bough Breaks.”  Sessions will be held by some of Atlanta’s most prominent women, including serial entrepreneur Chanel E. Martin, success strategist Camille L. Trott, self-care advocate Arianna J. Harris Parris and more.

Laray hopes that “When The Bough Breaks” will destabilize the stigma around PPD and open the conversation with moms, their loved ones and healthcare providers. 

“For all intents and purposes, I appeared to have it all together, at least on the outside.  But when you begin to peer beyond how I look, a duality of sorts comes to light.  Despite my background, what seems to be truer to my day-to-day experience is that I am a Black woman who suffered a severe case of postpartum depression and is still recovering,” says Laray.

For more information on Laray and the upcoming event, please visit her official website.  Tickets are available for purchase here. For all press and media inquiries, please contact Laray via email at


About Laray Dyer

Author Laray E. Dyer suffered a severe case of postpartum depression and is still recovering.  In her inaugural work, “When the Bough Breaks: Unearthing the Roots of Postpartum Depression,” she is remarkably transparent, revealing sincere emotion and personal health records.  Laray is an experienced consultant, missionary and health coach. She has fourteen years’ experience providing diversified business and technology services and solutions to advance the mission of agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Reserve.  Laray has a passion for connecting with people through foreign missions, community outreach, and evangelism; and a gift for equipping and empowering pastors and leaders to fulfill their purpose.  Laray is a happily married mother of two residing in Atlanta, Georgia.


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