First, don’t stop reading this because you think it can’t or won’t apply to you. Postpartum mood disorders affect at least fifteen percent of all pregnant women; that’s one in seven. And that number is probably low since the medical establishment seems to not screen the majority of postpartum mothers for depression/anxiety. Someone you know has suffered or is suffering, and we need to work at this together. Because the health of our moms is important, and their health directly affects their children.
As a new mom, I had no idea what I’d need in the hospital. I knew Jason could always go home and get something we forgot but I scoured Pinterest and found lists on lists of what to bring, only to find that I really didn’t need as much as I thought. Here’s my entire list, and what I actually used!