The Birth Experience
Your hormones aren't the only things adjusting themselves. Perryn Rowland, a certified childbirth educator, said, “As a doula (a labor assistant), the most important thing I do for postpartum mothers is help them process the birth experience. This is a major event, and you need to talk about it. You need to reminisce about how you were feeling when this nurse walked in, laugh about how mad you got at your husband, and go over the birth in detail. And the dads need to talk about what they were experiencing. Because only after you talk about this tremendous thing that you both went through, only after you process the birth, can you move on and meet the next challenge.”
If you burst into tears, go to bed. If you're still crying after you wake up, call your health care provider. You may need medical help to cope with depression while your hormones slowly return to normal.
Buy a journal, or a notebook, or even record your impressions in your baby book. Listening to your partner and seeing your story in your own words will add a whole new dimension to your experience.