For those of you who have experienced it—was postpartum anything like you thought it would be? In fact—did you even spend much time considering it before your first birth?
I’ll be the first to say that with my first child, I didn’t pay nearly enough attention to postpartum. Sure, I considered breastfeeding… but I expected this to be the one potentially difficult aspect of new motherhood. I didn’t expect the anxiety, and I certainly didn’t expect rage. But postpartum hormones can be…intense.
Chelsea shares this experience. As a mother who gave birth at home with her first, she felt she’d set herself up for success. And she had! However, that’s not the end of the work for any new mom (or at least, it shouldn’t be!). She discusses how after a gorgeous first birth, Chelsea struggled with deep postpartum anxiety and rage.
Having this experience pushed Chelsea to create Postpartum Together—an online coaching group dedicatied to the postpartum mother. She’s created a 5-month curriculum that helps mothers navigate postpartum… together.
This deep understanding of the postpartum experience certainly came in handy for Chelsea after her second daughter was born. At the 20-week ultrasound, Chelsea and her husband were informed that their daughter had a congenital heart defect. She was able to give birth naturally (and very quickly!) at the hospital, but her daughter had to undergo heart surgery at 5 months of age—another deep stress and anxiety.
Chelsea’s realness and positive outlook are an amazing encouragement for all of us, and she is doing a phenomenal job of bringing women together at such a transformative time.
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