Increasing awareness of mental health concerns in the postpartum period and research-backed tips for improving postpartum mental health
Thank you for sharing this important information. The statistics you share are unbelievable, but I know because you wrote it they are evidenced-based! This is such a crisis but does not get the media attention that it deserves because it is considered a women's issue. I would love to see a huge investment in doula's and universal newborn home visiting programs to provide support for both the birth trauma issue that you wrote about in a previous newsletter and postpartum mental health.
This is so important! In my upcoming book on postpartum health I've a whole lengthy section on postpartum mental health--you've identified so many of the important facets of it, so many of the things we rarely discuss, anger being first among them. I have a sense that what we call postpartum rage is the symptom of the modern underresourced mother--ironic given how much "stuff" we all have, how many things we buy to support baby, and yet how little support we ourselves are given. I love that you recommend skin-to-skin--yes, yes, and more yes. Pausing, breathing, being in that intimate space is so so crucual. It slows everything down. It's a somatic reminder about what is actually necessary.