Sunday, February 1, 2009

Postpartum Life: True or False?

In honor of the new postpartum support group I'm facilitating, the New Mother's Support Circle, I'm going to be doing a series of posts on postpartum life.

Here's how the media portrays postpartum life: glowing new mom (who is also clean, thin, wearing clean clothes, relaxed, and looking not-exhausted) holding peacefully sleeping (and also clean! wearing white!!) newborn.

I'm not saying that it's not a gorgeous picture - it is. And there may be some moments like that during the babymoon. But this picture, also beautiful, is a whole lot more realistic:

What's the harm in fantasizing about exhibit A? I love this quote from Jennifer Louden's Pregnant Woman's Comfort Book, and think it sums up a lot about why the postpartum period can be a hard one for many women:
"It is the lack of permission to feel conflicted, inadequate, sad, angry, bored, or irritable as well as grateful, rapturous, tingling with life, and intoxicated with love that makes the postpartum period unnecessarily difficult and lonely".
So for what it's worth: here's permission - and encouragement! - to come share what's wonderful as well as what's really hard with other new moms this Thursday!

And if you can't join us in person, leave a comment! What's been one of the most beautiful moments during your babymoon period? What's been one of the most challenging?

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine

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Blogger Corin said...

This is SUCH an awesome thing to be doing. I really, really wish I would have sought out something like this myself after my first baby was born. I really could have used it.

You've got a great blog. I'm glad to have "met" you.

And I have a question, what kind of blog is this? Is it wordpress?

February 2, 2009 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

haha- yeah, that second picture looks more like my postpardom photos!

Just curious, but how did you find my blog? :)

February 10, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog, I am due in about 9 months and I am trying to be realistic about what to expect. I live in a foriegn country and my family are 32 hours away on a plane so I am a little nervous to say the least. My in-laws are sometimes supportive it will be a challenge!
Thanks again,

April 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did I say 9 months? I meant 9 weeks!!!! How vague am I !!???? Bek

April 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

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