Alanis Morissette Says Postpartum Depression Is ‘A Sneaky Monkey With A Machete’

Alanis Morissette is opening up about her struggles after giving birth.

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In a new post on her personal website, the Canadian music icon reveals that since welcoming her youngest child in August, she has suffered from postpartum depression despite her best efforts to prepare for post-pregnancy life.

“But for all of this preparation—PPD is still a sneaky monkey with a machete—working its way through my psyche and body and days and thoughts and bloodwork levels,” she wrote.

Morissette also added that “this culture is not set up to honour women properly after birth.

“I see it changing, which is so heartening…but the general way is bereft of the honouring and tenderness and attunement and village-ness that postpartum deeply warrants.”

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“The new mom, the new parent(s) is creating the foundation for the circumventing of so much of the pain and divisiveness that we see in the world. Preventatively. We are on the ground floor of creating secure attachment,” she added.

“From which ALL other contributions to the world of relationships, service, politics, authentic self-expression, ‘success’ and LOVE are borne,” Morissette went on. “THIS is the epicenter. THIS is where it all begins (certainly in utero too, but more on that some other time). THIS is where the fabric of our culture, of our world, is crafted. On physical, emotional, neurobiological, chemical, spiritual, mental, existential, practical levels. Wouldn’t it be cool if we treated all postpartum moms and families with this awareness and honor? Even if the treadmill of the quickening of our culture didn’t change pace….That there might be a life raft of empathy toward the feminine life-givers who bear it all and give more than words can even begin to touch on.”

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