A week after giving birth to her first child, Amy Schumer has taken to social media to credit her doula for helping her with a tough pregnancy — and to mothers everywhere who have endured the difficulties and dangers of pregnancy in order to bring life into the world.
“Here’s my post baby annoying post and my takeaway from pregnancy,” wrote the always candid comedian on Instagram. “Women are the shit. Men are cool and whatever but women are f—ing warriors and capable of anything.”
In the post, Schumer acknowledged that her pregnancy had been made particularly unpleasant due to hyperemesis gravidarum, a form of extreme morning sickness that causes severe nausea and vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. At times, Schumer has said, the condition left her in such poor condition that she had to be hospitalized and rehydrated through an IV drip. But she was able to persevere, she said, thanks to her powerful network of support — including her loving husband, Chris Fischer, and her doula, Domino Kirke, who she said helped her to “feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process.”
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Ok here’s my post baby annoying post and my takeaway from pregnancy. Women are the shit. Men are cool and whatever but women are fucking warriors and capable of anything. I was lucky enough to get to have a doula. Her name @domino_kirke @carriagehousebirth what do doulas do? I don’t totally know But what she did was make me and Chris feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process. I really recommend getting one if you can. Doctor Brill and all the nurses and pediatricians at Lenox Hill and all the other hospitals i spent time in this year, thank you for everything. I did Pilates with strong women and went for walks. I threw up violently and felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy. Hyperemesis is real and it’s awful. But fuck, what they say is true. The second you give birth it’s gone. @hgmoms has the best research I found on the condition The only thing that helped me with my nausea was products from @thelordjones I learned that globally 1 in 5 births take place without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. @everymomcounts is a great place to donate $250 equips a midwife with a bag of medical equipment needed to provide care to hundreds of women and babies in Guatemala. All my friends. Friends I’ve had for 30 years or people who encouraged me to “keep going” or telling me “it will be worth it”. Thank you. Every woman I encountered is so willing to help and advise you and I felt all their strength. And you were right. Thank you ladies from my family. Chris, Gene and of course Tatiana #titsleaking #wearingadiaper
The practice of using doulas — specialized birth coaches who provide expecting mothers with support before, during and after childbirth — has become increasingly popular in the U.S. in recent years — particularly among black women, who are more likely to have their pain ignored by doctors in the delivery room and face four times the risk of maternal mortality compared to white women. Schumer, for her part, says she recommends that all women employ a doula if they are able to do so.