I am a doula formed by @carriagehousebirth of Brooklyn, NY. A doula deals with the care of women during pregnancy, during and after childbirth. After the birth of my first daughter almost seven years ago, I found myself facing many doubts about motherhood alone: in a society based on judgment and prejudice it was indeed very difficult for me to receive the support and the notions I was looking for and only after a long time I learned of the presence of the doula and decided to embark on the same career. After becoming pregnant with my second child, pregnancy has afflicted me since the earliest times and has resolved in an emergency caesarean. Consequently I have accused a severe form of postpartum depression that left me completely empty, able only to take care of my children and completely forget about myself, my being a woman and my partner, also abandoning the care of my body. I suffer from diastasis recti, a form of hernia in which the
abdominal muscles do not completely close after pregnancy, thus leaving space for the uterus to resurface and giving the visual impression of being in fact still pregnant. ‘’ “Have you ever heard of diastasis recti? During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen. This can cause the two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen to separate — a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis. Diastasis recti might cause a bulge in the middle of the abdomen where the two muscles separate. there is a good chance that many of us struggle with this condition in some way, since statistically 98+% of women have a diastasis after delivery. It seems that diastasis can be more common the more pregnancies a woman has or if she has had multiples or already has an underlying abdominal problem.