‘Devoted’ Mom and Wife of Mass. Police Officer D!es by Su!c!de Days After Giving Birth to Twins

‘Devoted’ Mom and Wife of Mass. Police Officer D!es by Su!c!de Days After Giving Birth to Twins

After the wife of a local police officer passed away, friends and family in Massachusetts want to spread the word about postpartum depression.

According to ABC affiliate WCVB-TV and The Enterprise, Norton resident Ariana Sutton committed suicide on May 31 after giving birth to twins nine days earlier.The 36-year-old, whose “greatest joy was spending time with her family,” shared three children with Easton police officer Tyler Sutton, per her obituary. “Two weeks ago, we were calling him saying, ‘Congratulations,’ and putting cards together for him,” police Chief Keith Boone told WCVB-TV. “Now, we’re preparing for a funeral. ”Her husband’s brother, Jason Sutton, described Ariana as a “very gentle, kind human being.” “Ariana wanted these kids so badly,” he told The Enterprise of the twins, who were born a month early. “She lived to be a mother.”

According to a GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the family, the births of Everly Irene and Rowan Stephen “brought unforeseen challenges” for the “vibrant and devoted mother,” which put “an immense strain on Ariana’s mental health.” “Despite her relentless efforts to seek help, the burden of postpartum depression became too much to bear,” read a message on the page.

“Our hearts are broken as we navigate life without Ariana, an irreplaceable member of our family,” wrote Kiley Sutton, Ariana’s sister-in-law, in a Facebook post on Monday. About one in seven people develop PPD after giving birth, according to the National Institute of Health. Unlike “baby blues,” which typically go away after a couple of weeks, this form of depression “tends to last longer and severely affects women’s ability to return to normal function.”

“Some women don’t tell anyone about their symptoms,” according to the Office on Women’s Health, noting that new mothers “may feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed” after giving birth. Additionally, “they may also worry they will be seen as bad mothers.” For the past 8 years, Ariana and her sister co-owned Starline Academy for the Performing Arts in Stoughton, where she worked there for five years before becoming an owner, according to her obituary. She was a member of the Greater Brockton Dance Teachers Association, as well.

“Ariana thrived at inspiring children with the joys of dance,” her obituary read. Her twins are currently being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, where they will likely remain till the end of the month, according to The Enterprise.

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