Life is challenging for many new mothers, according to New Mothers Speak Out, a report of highlights from three national surveys.

The report from Childbirth Connection offers insight into experiences of U.S. mothers with young children based on the 2002 Listening to Mothers I survey, the 2005 Listening to Mothers II survey and a 2006 follow-up survey about women’s postpartum experiences.

Women experienced new physical and emotional problems following technology-intensive births with high rates of surgery and other interventions; struggled to get exercise and rest, eat a healthy diet and manage stress; did not return to their pre-pregnancy weight; got limited support from husbands/partners and others; were unable to start or continue breastfeeding as they wanted; did not have maternity benefits equal to women in other affluent countries; and returned to employment sooner than desired due to financial need.

Also included are results from two validated postpartum depression screening tools...

You do not currently have access to this content.