January 22, 2017 by Darlene McC
Over the last few months one of my post-natal clients and I have spoken a lot about maternal care in the United States. We’ve discussed the lack of education for soon-to-be-moms. The assumption by most Type As that they can “handle it”. The lack of information and support for postpardum depression and the way postpardum women are treated waaaaaay better in the EU.
3 weeks ago I was thinking about our incoming President, his administration, and our priorities in this country; and it hit me that no one is going to help women in this situation. We’re going to have to help our damn selves.
I started to rally allies. I asked around to smart women and mothers I trust. One suggested I start collecting the stories of mothers I know and the mothers they know. And I’ve started.
…but now what do I do with them?
I don’t have an answer right now how to fix the situation, only ideas.
– Wouldn’t it be great if you had someone on call you could ask questions to?
– What if women in your area who were a year post-natal came by to check in? And there was a network for that?
– If you had a bad delivery, what if a nurse came by every few days to check on you and your baby?
– What if your post NICU child got in-home nurse visits?
So what do to with the stories? Blog? Podcast? I want to catalog their experiences and the excellent advice they’re giving. I’m not a journalist, just a person with an idea. This is all new for me and I’m not even sure where to go next.