My new post is up at Essential Baby...

“So, Cate Blanchett co-chaired one of the 20/20 summits in Canberra five days after giving birth to her third son.

I wish she hadn’t. I wish she’d locked herself away to deal with jealous older children, leaky breasts, post-birth cramping and bleeding, a still-pregnant-looking tummy and the first mind-numbing blows of sleep deprivation.

Every time a woman sweeps all that under the carpet and rushes back to work or into the public eye, I feel exhausted. And frustrated.

I feel like it raises the bar of post-birth expectation impossibly high for the rest of us.
And can it
get any higher?”

Read the rest here.

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