Danielle’s raw postpartum Facebook post prompts others to share their experiences.
The days immediately following the birth of a new baby are magical and sweet, but if we’re honest, they’re also really damn difficult. That’s why it’s so inspiring to see one Arizona mom putting it all out there about those first few days postpartum and how challenging they really are.
On Sept. 12, Haines posted a photo of herself, taken three days after she gave birth to her son Ocean in November 2014. In the photo, she's on the verge of tears, shirtless and cradling her baby against her chest.
In the caption for the emotional photo, Haines writes, "I was so raw and so open, I was a fucking mess. I loved my baby, I missed his daddy (he went back to work that day), I was mad at my mom, my heart hurt for my brother because my mom left us and now I had a little boy that looked like him, my nipples were cracked and bleeding, my milk was almost in, my baby was getting really hungry, I was feeling sad that people kill babies, like on purpose, I had not slept since I went into labor, I didn't know how to put my boobs away, my vagina was sore from sitting on it while nursing constantly, I was kinda loosing my mind."
Haines goes on to recognize, in the Facebook post, the wonderful support she received from female friends and relatives in those early days.
She also invites other moms to share their immediate postpartum experiences.