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One Womans Post About The Lack Of Postpartum Care Goes Viral

by | November 3, 2018

When a new baby is born, the utmost care is taken to make sure they get the best possible start in life. But what about the lack of postpartum care for mothers?

Moms, dads, doctors, and nurses all work together to make sure the newborn is thriving. But even though the new mom has just been through what can sometimes feel like a car crash,  she doesn’t always get the same level of care.

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I remember when my first child was born. It was a pretty traumatic delivery, I was ripped in two because of a shoulder distocia. Doctors and nurses came flying out of everywhere to make sure my newborn was ok and I was handed a spritz bottle and told to go rince myself off. I was terrified to hold him because of his broken clavicle and instead of being kind and understanding, the post partum nurse yelled “get yourself together, your child needs you.” It was like a smack in the face, which I believe contributed to the awful postpartum anxiety that I suffered with for almost a year.

It was almost as if once the baby was born, no one gave a sh*t about me anymore. Even in the days weeks after the birth, I had to bring my son to numerous well-visits at the pediatrician, but I never go so much as a phone call asking how I was doing. I didn’t see or hear from any medical professional regarding my own well being until my six-week postpartum visit. The lack of postpartum care for mothers shocked me, and left me feeling like I wasn’t good enough.

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Apparently, I’m not the only one feeling like a discarded piece of baby-making machinery. Blogger Anneliese Lawton, the mother of two, took to Facebook to call for better postpartum care for new moms. And her sentiment seems to have resonated. Her post has now been shared more than 35,000 times. 

After my boys were born, there were appointments.To check their latch.To check their weight.To check their…

Posted by Grown Up Glamour by Anneliese Lawton on Monday, October 15, 2018

Lawton says in her post that when her sons were born, there were a number of appointments to make sure everything was going smoothly in their new lives, including checking their latch, their hearing, their weight and more.

“Then there was me,” she wrote. “A first-time mom without a clue. Engorged, bleeding, and stitched up. Sent home with some painkillers and stool softeners.”

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Lawton goes on to explain how new moms are expected to instantly know how to do everything, and there was a serious lack of postpartum care. No one was checking on her to make sure everything was going smoothly.

“No one poked me,” she wrote. “No one prodded. No one checked my stitches, my healing, or my sanity until eight weeks postpartum.”

Lawton goes on point out the fact that moms’ wellbeing seems to come last in terms of priorities and to advocate for a different way.

“We need our world to fuss over us the way they fuss over ten fresh fingers and ten fresh toes,” she wrote. “We need to be seen. We need to be heard. We need someone to not only ask if we’re okay but to check time and time again, just to be sure. We’re not just a uterus. We’re not just a lifeline to a new and precious soul. We’re mothers. And we need someone to make sure we’re ok, too.”

Do you feel like there was a lack of postpartum care when you gave birth? Let us know in the comments.

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