Why Serena Williams sharing ‘postpartum emotions’ is so important

(Alison Young, USA Today) — Serena Williams continues to be one of the highest profile voices among the 50,000 women each year who experience life-threatening complications related to childbirth.

The tennis star and new mom is sharing on social media her struggles with “postpartum emotions” and being “in a funk” as she juggles the demands of her career and raising her daughter, Olympia.

“Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” she wrote in her Instagram post. “Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes.”

Earlier this year, Williams publicly shared the harrowing details of how she felt hospital staff didn’t listen to her the day after giving birth when she tried to alert them she was experiencing a life-threatening blood clot complication.

A USA TODAY investigation published last month found that many women who have suffered serious childbirth complications felt that medical professionals didn’t listen to them when they tried to alert them that something was wrong. (…)

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