The mission of "Motherhood Moth" is to improve equity and accessibility for pregnant and postpartum women by reducing stigma around mental health issues. Data from an August 2017 study found that 21 percent of recent mothers experiencing postpartum mood disorders do not disclose their symptoms to healthcare providers. Yes, screening is essential to treat mental health issues, but how do we break down invisible barriers that are keeping women silent even when asked about their symptoms? As a reproductive psychiatrist, I believe that cultural stigma around distress in pregnancy and the postpartum are behind this barrier to care. I have spoken to hundreds of women who feel that admitting anxiety or depression is the same as admitting a weakness. They fear that if they speak about these feelings out loud, it will make their problems more real. By saying, "I feel well," even when they’re suffering, what they really mean is "I'm a good mom and I don't want to be labeled as a failure.” Public health initiatives are needed to educate that anxiety and depression have nothing to do with being a bad mom. I believe that the best way to do this is by entering the cultural conversation about motherhood, to destigmatize narratives of distress. This project goes beyond tradition by using a storytelling performance to merge the clinical with the cultural. By making “Motherhood Moth” a performance event, we can engage women who would not otherwise sign up for a therapy group due to stigma that would make them avoid an experience viewed as "psychiatric". This NYC performance will start local, but will include and engage a broad and diverse population by soliciting stories from our national and international social media base on Instagram @MakeMotherhoodUnfiltered and Facebook (@MakeMotherhoodUnfiltered). After the local NYC performance, this event will be broadcast on our facebook stream to reach a larger number of women and networks. Eventually, our hope is to partner with larger social media communities to host additional online “Motherhood Moth” events to magnify our outreach to national and international communities of mothers.