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A new mom is in a very fragile place, both mentally and physically, but do we give her the same support as a human being, as we give her for being the ‘Maa’?
She sat on the edge of her bed, trying to figure out how to get back into bed, partly because of the physical postpartum pain, but more so because of the hollow feeling within.
Meera was home after 3 days in the hospital where she had given birth to a healthy boy through C- section. She was glad to be back home, the home that she had set up, managed, and maintained up until last week. But something felt wrong, something felt out of place. She couldn’t find the same comfort or normalcy that her home usually gave her.
Meera stared at the bassinet and her son lying in it.
She loved him for sure, didn’t she? Of course she did. She had been taking care of him for past months, making sure all was ok, all was perfect.
But nothing seemed perfect now. She wanted the physical pain to go away, she wanted to walk, talk , sleep, eat, like the old days. She felt like she was crumbling under the pressure and responsiblity of motherhood. She wanted to go back in time just for a moment.
Yes that’s it. She wanted to go back to the old days. And suddenly, it suddenly hit her.
It will never be the same.
A new mother is as vulnerable and emotionally fragile as a newborn child. While, we as a society put our heart and care towards the wellbeing of the new born child, we seldom sympathise or empathise with the mother.
There are many Meeras in our society who crumble under the pressure of being the perfect parent just because she is a woman. We don’t need to be perfect. We don’t need to superhuman. We just want to be treated human.
A human who can err.
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