Maren Morris is believes it is okay to not be okay — especially after giving birth to her first child in March.
Morris is revealing her own postpartum experience and struggles now that she is coming “through the tunnel” of postpartum depression, which affects one in seven women in the year following a birth, according to one study.
In addition, “70% to 80% of women [who] will experience, at a minimum, the ‘baby blues’. Many of these women will experience the more severe condition of postpartum depression or a related condition.”
“I feel back to normal,” Maren shared with CBS This Morning.
Maren discussed how she was able to do so, revealing: “Fortunately, I was able to do phone therapy during the pandemic.”
She also has leaned onto others, saying: “[I have] people that love me around me that are like, ‘Hey, if you’re drowning right now, there’s help.'”
“You’re trying to become a new mother and good parent and do everything right,” Maren said of her own experience, “and you just feel like you suck at every level.”
The pandemic also has weighed Maren down: “And then the one thing I’ve always felt like I have a handle on is my music. And to not be able to tour and have to furlough my band and crew, it was just a lot.”
In addition, Morris also received backlash on her social media posts earlier in the year when she posted a photo of herself holding son Hayes in an inflatable raft on a lake.
Many chastised the mother because Hayes was not wearing a life jacket. Her husband, Ryan Hurd, promptly tweeted:
“My kid was not unsafe on a float in 1 feet of water being held by an adult with 5 people watching so she could get a picture.”
And when asked if she was moved by the mommy shamers during an ACM Awards press room interview, she admitted disappointment.
“I guess I shouldn’t be shocked because I’ve had plenty of trolls come after me before and I can definitely have thick skin when it comes to someone saying my music is terrible or I’m ruining the sanctity of country music,” she explained. “But, for some reason it feels like an extra betrayal when it’s another mother shaming another mother.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.