Post Birth Care Plan For a Discerning Childbirth®
A Guidebook for Christian Parents in the Making Book 3
In 2007 I was finishing up my Doctoral degree. I had spent the previous 18 months collecting information and questionnaires regarding the amount, and impact, of post birth depression and other mood disorders. After gathering the data, analyzing the data, and reading the literature, one thing stood out. The rate of postpartum depression and mood disorders was not only related to how the woman birthed (which was the focus of my Master’s thesis), but to how disconnected, uncared for, isolated, and alone the new moms felt. The more isolated and abandoned a mom felt the higher the rate of depression. Those moms seemed to be in shock. I came to the conclusion that what most new moms were dealing with was not so much a mood “disorder”, but the pressure of making such a huge adjustment in their lives—relatively alone.
In other words: Women are expected to do it all, do it all well, and do it all alone