TAMAR BOYD: Positive maternal adjustment is essential for the health and well-being of mothers and their babies. However, postpartum care remains the most neglected aspect of health care. In the United States, women are often denied the information necessary for proper rehabilitation and are left on their own to find their path to psychological adjustment. Out of the four million birthing women every year in the United States, half will experience prolonged symptoms of both depression and pelvic floor dysfunction.
My name is Tamar Boyd from Juneau, Alaska. And this quarter marks my completion of Walden University's doctoral degree in psychology. After birthing my child, I, like so many other birthing women, learn to live with the problematic symptoms commonly dismissed as natural consequences of childbirth. However, while on a backpacking adventure, my pelvic floor gave out. And I experienced a uterine prolapse. Learning that postpartum pelvic floor rehabilitation could have prevented this event, the symptoms leading to it, and increased psychological well-being after birth, I became determined to make positive social change for other birthing women.
The empowering approach of Walden University's online program allowed me to establish within my community, the first specialized psychological services that harness and apply to postpartum women the vast evidence based mortalities widely practiced within the general health care system. Since the United States has yet to acknowledge evidence saturation showing the need for education, physical rehabilitation, and psychological guidance following birth, my passion for social change has motivated work that includes extending my specialized services to isolated communities, publishing and presenting locally and nationally. By disseminating the research conducted at Walden University, status quo of postpartum neglect is challenged by evidence based alternatives that will improve functioning and well-being for postpartum women.