The day after my operation, when I woke up I could feel the pain of the stitches kicking in. Though I was in pain, I was looking forward to cuddle my baby, play with him, click pictures with him and what not. Doctor came to check me and told me I was healing well and could start feeding the baby. She told as I had operation, it will take a little time for the milk to come in. The baby’s doctor came in and checked my baby and said he was all well and all he needed now was momma’s milk.
I was already in pain, my milk hadn’t come in, baby was constantly crying for milk, I had to sit up to feed bearing the pain. In between all this I come to know that I was given a room without a cradle for the baby. It seems all cradles were taken! Imagine! How can that happen in a hospital!!?? The whole night my mom and sister had taken turns holding the baby when I was induced to sleep after operation. 4 days I was admitted in the hospital and only the second day they provided us with a cradle. And the nursing services they provided were pathetic!!! My sister-in-law had to take me for bathroom breaks and bath – that was really embarrassing! All the nurses came were for giving injections and pills! We had to remind them everyday to send someone to clean the room and they would get so irritated when we did that.
- Consult, Consult, Consult with other mothers and know about their experiences before deciding the hospital for your delivery.
- Be brave enough to open up and ask about any treatment they do on you. It’s your body, you have the right to know.
- Know that postpartum depression is a real thing. It happens due to the sudden decrease of hormones in your body. Being ready for it will help you deal with it easily. Also let your husband and near ones also learn about it so that they can create a happy environment around you.
- Understand the difference between people who advise you for your good and those who advise to scare and upset you. Ignore the latter and avoid them if possible.
- Pregnancy and delivery are an unpredictable phase. No one can say what will happen. So keep your mind flexible.