Having Babies: Joys and Challenges

Baby and mom

Those of us who have given birth to a baby each have our own story of how long labor was, how long we had to “push”, who was in the room, what it felt like to deliver the child we had waited for, and the pure joy of holding that newborn to our chest and feel it’s warmth.  We counted each toe and finger, studied their little pink face and let our own tears fall as we realized, “I am a mom!”  Remember?

Some of us struggled because our ultrasound may have showed there was a problem, or we were unable to have a natural birth, so we had a C-section.  Maybe there were complications such as the cord wrapped around its neck or our baby had swallowed meconium.  Maybe the doctor told us there was a deformity of some kind and our hearts sank.  It is easy to take a healthy baby or a “perfect” natural birth for granted, but for those of us who have had a challenging or heart-breaking experience,  we look to God and ask “Why my baby?”  Is that you?

The love of a mom for her baby is like no other love.  It is deep and all encompassing, no matter what they look like or act like.  “Mama loves you, Baby.  I will always be here for you and protect you.”

There are some new mothers, however, who can’t figure out why they don’t really want to be with their new baby.  They don’t want to nurse, sometimes they don’t even want to touch it.  They get horridly angry when the baby cries, but on the other hand, they can feel guilty.  Their baby’s dad and other family members get mad at the mom and try to talk her into holding her own child and can make her feel more shameful than she already does.  There have even been thousands of new moms who have thought about or attempted to kill their own children and her family is horrified and confused.  Why?!!!

This is called post-partum depression and is a chemical thing that can overtake the mom.  The father and other family members need to step in to care for the baby while the mom needs to get to a doctor and treat this condition that is breaking everyone’s heart.

This Tuesday, my guest on Chained No More Talk Radio will be Judy Dippel, the author of “Breaking the Grip of Postpartum Depression.”  She will share her own devastating story of this condition and how she got out of it.  She will give clinical answers and encourage women who may have suffered or are suffering from postpartum depression today.  Please tune in to www.toginet.com at 2-3pm ET on Tuesday, whether you or someone you love are suffering from this, or if you just want to learn about it.

 

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior, my God will hear me.”  Micah 7:7