Awareness Of Post Partum Mental Health Conditions

The only take away from the tragic news of Lindsay Clancy

Scarlett Jess Perrodin
Invisible Illness
Published in
10 min readFeb 3, 2023

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The stigma attached to people sharing that they suffer from mental health disorders is drastically amplified when it comes to mothers and the postpartum period.

Hallmark-type expectations between mother and newborn are part of the package of the “American Dream” to have a baby and experience nothing short of joy and love.

Although many mothers will reference sarcastic jokes about how hard motherhood is, the loss of sleep and the loss of self and identity as a family shifts focus to the wellbeing of a newborn, there is rarely genuine recognition of the toll it takes.

The expectation is one of self-sacrifice to care for an infant, all done while swooning over the tiny human created.

There is a haunting lack of support for mothers undergoing the major transition from pregnancy to postpartum. People rush to the hospital to meet a newborn, without much acknowledgment for the mother as a human who also is worthy of care and attention.

The pregnant body undertakes the exhausting, brutal experience to birth a baby. The body is left drained, hormones plummet, and as sleep disappears, the mother then relies on devotion alone to manage.

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Scarlett Jess Perrodin
Invisible Illness

Mental health advocate, abuse escape artist, maternal aura, and comic. Personal stories. Some hints of humor. A diamond in the rough is still a diamond.