Empowering Pregnancy, Positive Hospital Birth, followed by Postpartum Depression and Rage

When Mary found out she was pregnant, her priority was to find a supportive and educational prenatal yoga community, and a doula. Using these tools she experienced an empowering pregnancy that she savored and embraced. At about 40 weeks her doctor recommended an induction due to the polyhydraminos diagnosis. Mary’s water broke after the induction massage, and she felt confident about her hospital birth plan. Early labor is long for her, but active labor is faster. Shortly after starting the epidural she felt the urge to push and her baby boy came out in three pushes. Although her pregnancy and birth were wonderful experiences, she had a rough start postpartum, struggling with anger and depression. Working with a sleep training consultant for her baby, and seeking counseling herself, she overcame these feelings.

Mary Sandner Bio

Mary (29) and her boyfriend Aidan live in Buffalo, NY. She is a licensed clinical social worker working in a community mental health agency that supports adults with mental illness. You can follow her on instagram at @mary_sandner.


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