Mamas on Bedrest: “The Yellow Wallpaper” An 18th Century Account of Bedrest

February 13th, 2012

Greetings Mamas!! Today I share with you “The Yellow Wallpaper” . A short, somewhat autobiographical story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an 18th century sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. Gilman suffered with post partum depression after the birth of her only daughter and then developed post partum psychosis after being prescribed bed rest by Silas Weir Mitchell, the original physician who coined the term and developed the treatment protocol for bed rest for “nervous hysteria”. While Gilman’s situation is somewhat different from what a modern day pregnant woman may encounter on bed rest, there were several excellent take home points I share here for mamas on bed rest.

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