I would say that after my experience of PP, my overall feeling is anger that women are suffering and there is not enough awareness or support and that there is a general lack of sufficient post partum support in the UK.
My mum told me about her experience of having me and my brother in the late 70's and early 80's, she stayed for a week in a cottage hospital in a ward with other mums, the babies were taken away at night by the nurses and brought to the mums to feed, she was encouraged to have hot baths and given lots of tea and toast and shown how to breastfeed and bathe us. My experience was a hot tiny room with 4 others mums and crying babies all night, after a difficult forcep delivery, with 15 stitches and a catherter, unable to shower, food so inedible my partner had to bring things in when he was allowed in at all. After 3 days in hospital (2 days being induced and baby heartbeat being checked every 2 hours during the nights and 1 night after delivery) I think I had about 4 hours sleep in total. I was discharged in severe pain, with a tiny baby, even my partner was in tears after the first night desperately trying to feed him with the beaker the nurses had told us to use. I was a complete wreck after this experience and my mental health deteriorated rapidly. I genuinely believe if my care had been better I may not have become so ill.
I wonder if many of the ladies on here had difficult labours or negative experiences of post partum care? I would say that once I was admitted to the MBU my care was amazing, but it was a very difficult journey to get there.
To end on a positive, we are doing very well now and I have a gorgeous naughty 1 year old!