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* 1. What made your first experience with motherhood difficult?

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* 2. Explain in as much detail as you can how the trials made you feel. For example, if you experienced post-partum depression, did you worry that you didn't have what it takes to be a mom? Another example: If you experienced a physical setback, as from a C-section or a forceps delivery, did that make you feel less able to enjoy the first weeks of your baby's life?

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* 3. How did your husband/partner respond as you struggled? Was he anxious, worried, supportve, confused as to what to do?

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* 4. How did friends and family respond to you at that pivotal time in your life? Did they support you? Did some folks add to the stress--maybe not intentionally, but by setting certain expectations that you felt unable to meet?

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* 5. What sort of expectations did you have for yourself as a new mom? Did they add to the stress of the situation?

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* 6. What got you through the difficult time? Friends? Family? Faith? A therapist? All of the above?

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* 7. Do you believe the trials ultimately strengthened your character, and made you a better person and a better mom? If so, explain in detail how that's true.

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* 8. What one piece of advice would you give to first-time moms who are struggling through the early days?

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* 9. Would you be willing to be interviewed in person or by phone? If so, please include an e-mail address where I can reach you. If you'd rather contact me directly, you can find me at kristina.cowan@gmail.com. Thank you!

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