MW- you hit the nail on the head with there not being much in the US (or canada) that really prevents ppd. There isn't really any siginificant difference in the postpartum treatment within the two countries. All of our practices contribute to it. That's basically what my essay is saying. Then I'm using cultural norms in Chinese culture and Guatelmalan to talk about how other societies without even purposefully doing it, have practices in place which decrease the risk factors the mom experiences. I just I just got all jumbled up because some of the research actually says the other way-- that the cultural practices in these groups might -lead- to ppd, because of the seclusion etc. I'm choosing to ignore that for now. lol
I finally somewhat got my act together last night, and as of right now, this is the starting of my essay, I'm just trying to decide if it's not "introduction" enough. My actual thesis won't be until the third paragraph.
Upon diagnosis of postpartum depression the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists suggests several changes to daily life; get plenty of rest, ask for help from family and friends, take special care of yourself, and tell someone how you feel. These simple changes are achievable, often cost free, and would seem common place. Unfortunately this experience is not the norm for the average woman in Canada.
Regardless of a joyous or traumatic childbirth experience, new mothers in Canada are sent home forty eight to seventy two hours following the birth of their child. Within a few hours, relatives and friends flood the house, an occasion which the new exhausted mother is often expected to ‘host’, clean up after, and appear alert and recovered for. In the next few days her partner returns to work, family returns home, and a sleep deprived, weak and hormonally imbalanced woman is left to fend for herself in uncharted territory. Welcome to motherhood.
It's funny that you mention breastfeeding too, because it seems to be one of the ONLY concrete practices that leads to decreased rates of ppd... yet we live in a society where you can't say that for fear of someone getting upset and feeling guilty. I haven't written the paragraph on it yet, I'm kind of putting it off.
Ps. MW- I'm having a heck of a time trying to type underneath the quote box as well. Everytime I hit enter, it throws me back up to the top. Jerks. The only thing I've found that fixes it, is clicking ctrl enter, instead of just enter.
As for actual thread related news: Man it seems liek you guys are hopping this month. We could have no thread left at the end. Carrie- nice looking chart! I started getting super grouchy yesterday too. I had this whole day of exciting shopping planned, and DH came with me, and then he was in such a bad mood that he ruined it all, I ended up asking him to take me home and now I have to go again today. I'm still quite angry that he ruined my evening, especially when I don't have a ton of free time this week!