I’ve been trying to write this for a week now, but couldn’t. It was still too soon.
My sister’s miscarriage reminded me why I’m going for my MPH and focusing on maternal and infant health. 1 in 4 women experience miscarriages. We say we’re sorry for the mother losing a baby and move on. But it’s not so easy for the mother. In the last few weeks my sister has blamed herself for miscarrying. She’s blamed her husband. She’s had to take pills to remove her baby that didn’t work. Take more that did, but caused complications. Had a d&c and complications from the epidural. And she has only been able to take a few days off from work. She hasn’t had time to heal physically and emotionally.
Postpartum depression is just starting to be talked about openly in the US, but mothers are still looked down on for suffering from it. What about mothers who experience miscarriage? They suffer from depression too and it’s time they get a voice.