Post-partum care for the Mother!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3677 posts
Sugar bee

So often we hear, “all that matters is a healthy baby”.

Well, yes. But healthy Mothers matter too!

I agree heartily. I also think that, far too much of the time, people who fall back on that “all that matters line …” are (probably unconsciously) reducing their definition of “healthy” to “physically healthy in terms of immediate/short-term outcome” and forgetting all about other aspects of health (mental, emotional, social, spiritual) and more long-term, contextualized aspects of health. I think, furthermore, that this is a factor (among others) in the high rates of post-partum depression that we see in the US as compared to other countries.

Obviously having a healthy baby is the most important thing. But is that really all that matters? Should we settle for just “a (physically) healthy baby (in the immediate/short term)” as the only yardstick by which we measure the quality of maternity care? I think we can do better. And I think we need to start insisting on it.

Post # 5
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@mtnhoney:  oh im doing somethiing similar, except here in mexico its 40 days

its basically resting, forming relationship with baby and learning hwo to do everything. and leaving housework etc to someone else!

i dont think ill want a lot of visitors at the beginning so ill probably limit them – short visits, closest people only

Post # 6
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That sounds very peaceful! I have never heard of that before but I think that sounds like a very nice thing to do after having a baby. 

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