August 13, 2019

Postpartum Depression: we’ve been taught to fear these words.  We aren’t allowed to speak them. All we are supposed to acknowledge is the cute baby in our arms.  To speak of what women lose in motherhood would be treachery. To speak of grief, confusion, and disconnection is not allowed.  Subversively, we are taught that silence and ignorance will keep us safe. This message is confounded by the way obstetricians, midwives, and pediatricians avoid talking about anything other than measurements of the belly, then measurements of the baby.  

And yet they are real, these feelings and these words.  Depression and/or anxiety exist for 15-20% of new mothers, and it doesn’t have to happen immediatley postpartum.  Mothers can feel this during pregnancy, after pregnancy loss, or after their babies 1 year birthday. The transition to motherhood is full-spectrum,...

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