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The baby is the candy, the mom is the wrapper.

“The baby is the candy, the mom is the wrapper. And once the candy is out of the wrapper, the wrapper is cast aside.” A quote from Alison Stuebe, in Redesigning Maternal Care on NPR. 

The days and weeks after childbirth can be a time of particular vulnerability for new mothers, yet for many women in the U.S., the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist ACOG committee opinion notes, the postpartum period is “devoid of formal or informal maternal support”. 

Just as we approach Mothers Day the attention to new mom care right after delivery is needed more than ever. We should treat new mothers as top athletes. After all they did deliver (literary) an Olympic achievement if not undergone a serious operation in case of a C-section. Yet “as soon as the baby comes out, the mom is kind of an afterthought.” Tamika Auguste. 

Top athletes receive a plethora of services to recover in the best possible way. Special diet, regular doctor check ups with blood analysis, physical therapy, psychological support, massages you name it. A new mom according to the ACOG in their “committee opinion” on “Optimizing Postpartum Care” may not have a follow up appointment with her own doctor until four to six weeks after delivery!

There is not one single solution to better postpartum care, every one surrounding the new mother can and should play their part. 

The “The first 8 Days of being a Mom” manual can help inform the new mom, new dad and other family members how to do that. 

Let’s take care of our moms not only on Mothers Day.  

Happy Mothers Day

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