Better postnatal care – here’s why we need it

I felt abandoned, scared, and terrified Pretty much as soon as I came out of theatre and had Harrison they were telling my husband to go to the labour room to get our stuff out

We'd just gone through this massive rollercoaster They didn't seem to give us any time to just be the three of us and be like woah, what have we just been through? So I actually went down to the postnatal ward by myself with Henry and it was terrifying It's noisy People come and go all the time And it was just incredibly daunting I remember feeling really overwhelmed I'd been in labour for 26 hours, had an emergency Cesarean and then moved to this really busy postnatal ward

I was completely petrified I'd been through an emergency C Section, I felt like I'd been in a car crash, I just felt terrible I was basically told, it's not visiting hours now, you're husband has to leave And I'm like, I've just given birth for the first time, I've been in labour for God knows how long and someone's just cut me open and I've got this tiny little person who I've got to look after and you're sending my husband home? I wanted to breastfeed but I really struggled and I felt like everyone that I came into contact with was telling me I should be doing it but no-one actually showed me how I was just all over the place and it was, I say terrifying because it was just so terrifying and even to this day it makes me feel, so just, overwhelmed because you just want to be a great mum from the start

And it can be really, really lonely, you're really frightened and you're really scared and just someone there to reassure you that you are doing a good job, you are doing your best, it is completely normal to feel how you're feeling in the first few hours after you've given birth and I think that would have really made me go home feeling more positive and more confident to feel that I can do it like I can be a mum


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