Straight Talk About PPD & Politics
With the election under one week away, I am finding it interesting to see many people and -- coming from a mom's point of view -- many moms sharing their stories and journeys and how their experience shapes their vote. Jill at Women's Wellness Watch bravely shared her story of postpartum depression and then talks about the issues at hand and the candidates promises.
She shares her story, which I think sadly mirrors so many of our own:
When I was pregnant, I was in the hospital for 2 weeks before I gave birth. When my son was born, he was three months premature and weighed only two pounds. Less than 24 hours later, I was given my walking papers and sent home.
To say I experienced postpartum anxiety and depression is a bit of an understatement. The experience left me shaken and shattered. On the exterior I think I appeared to be handling it well (maybe not, but that’s the image I thought I was projecting), but at home I clearly wasn’t. Whenever I closed my eyes I saw a nurse roughly handling my tiny child’s naked body. I was plagued by the thought of them touching him with their cold hands. At work I was terrified every time the phone rang, sure that it was a doctor calling to tell me that my baby had died. I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to stop crying. I couldn’t concentrate long enough to read a sentence, cook a meal, or even have a decent phone conversation.
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