Pretending Like This Won’t be So Hard

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Stop Acting Like “Bouncing Back” From Labor is Even Possible from Jezebel.com:

But here in the U.S. of Cray, most of us don’t have the luxury of taking it easy for more than a few days after having a baby. If we do manage to pull off a few weeks or months of actual maternity leave, chances are, it won’t be used for relaxing. It will be used for immediately jumping into caring for your baby with zero help. So unless we can pay someone to hold our hand through it, it’s a race against time to magically become a totally self-sufficient supermom and return to our old selves again, pronto.

Here is the original article that inspired the Jezebel blog post: Why Are America’s Postpartum Practices So Rough on New Mothers? from the Daily Beast.

“The cost of pregnancy in America is f*cking obscene”

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Bringing a child to term costs more in America than anywhere else on Earth, according to today’s New York Times.

According to a survey conducted by Truven Health Analytics on behalf of the NYT, charges for delivery have about tripled in the U.S. since 1996.

-Continue reading at io9.com

Reading some of the stories in the comments of this article is heartbreaking but then reading the comments of any article about the United States’ current healthcare system is heartbreaking. My own pregnancy came at an inopportune time as I am not currently working full time. Medicaid is the only reason I am receiving any prenatal care at all. It’s scary to think that even if I was gainfully employed with “good” insurance, this pregnancy would still leave me in dire financial straits.