By Reba Daniel
“Why do doctors treat pregnant women who express any of their feelings or preferences while they are giving birth as if they are patients from the psych ward?”
These words burst out of my friend Arpita’s mouth and I was completely taken aback. Because she is a quiet, pint-sized, peaceful looking, non-invasive person usually, but she was a different person as she narrated the story of her first birthing experience – she was emotional, angry, confused and vulnerable as she recounted it. She spoke of having her wishes and requests completely disregarded by the hospital and the doctor, and following that how she spiraled into postpartum depression and struggled to find her sanity, and how she worked towards becoming a normal mom to the two daughters she has now.