Hello + welcome to this tiny space on the internet! I created this blog (+ changed the name twice since) 14 years ago as a creative outlet from my career in the emergency room as a PA. After spending the past 7 (or so) years on social media outlets, I have decided to delete all of the ones associated with this blog and get back to the heart of blogging.
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Today’s episode is part three in our series about how America is failing mothers. Be sure to tune in to part one and part two if you haven’t already.
All three episodes of this series feature real stories from mothers in America. These stories are deeply personal, and show how many things need to change in order to support mothers and their families.
The stories that you’ll hear in part three include first hand accounts of mothers who lost their jobs and healthcare while pregnant, were left in a financial crisis due to lost income and high daycare costs during (and after) COVID, lacked emotional and physical support postpartum, and more.
Unfortunately, you or someone you know may have connections to these stories. Having a baby, and expanding your family, should be a joyful time. Instead it often turns into some of the most difficult days, months, and years of your life, leaving moms feeling abandoned, inadequate, anxious, and depressed. This is why it’s so important to continue having these conversations and working together to make real change for the future.
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“We leave new moms floundering because we’re so focused on the babies.”
“I felt abandoned by the team that held my hand so diligently through my high risk pregnancy. They just flat out abandoned me after those babies were born.”
“After the struggles that we had over the time when our babies were little, I look back and feel really robbed of a lot of the joy and time that I had hoped for.”
“It’s time for our country to show respect to our childcare industry, and to show respect to our families. We are struggling, and we can’t survive until something changes.”
“As a first time mom, I just had every incentive to do all that I could, and I felt like I had already failed my baby at the time that I got fired.”
What challenges have you been faced with as a mother in America?
Are the other women in your life facing the same challenges as you?
What can we do to make real change for mothers?
What was it like postpartum after having triplets?
How did the pandemic affect your job and finances?
What effects did COVID have on your childcare?