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I became a single mother when my son was 8 months and I was 25 in 1998.Back then I was a low income single mother with part time jobs.In Japan once you have a child you are kicked out of the job market even if you are graduated from most prestigious university.The only way to survive was to make up a job on myself and continue.That's how I started my career as a postpartum healthcare trainer and I continued. Now 13 years later here I am as a founder and president of MadreBonita, the organization I started , I 'm now leading a decent life with my son.
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I gave birth to my son in1998,about 13 years ago from now.I enjoyed my pregnancy doing exercizes being careful about food.And I still remenber when I delivered the baby and encountered my son.People generally talk about birth very emotionally as an overwhelmingly moving event.But I don’t like this tendency.
What I found out when I first had a baby was that childbirth itself damages woman’s body seriously and to be able to start taking care of a baby in good condition you need so much rest and appropriate rehabilitation.
However cute the baby is mothers are exhausted and feel so unstable both mentally and physically.
13 years ago holding my small fragile baby in my hand,I thought this is a problem still unknown to people.And the fact that the problem is not known is also the problem. I looked for searvices for postpartum health but I could not find anything.This is the blind spot of Japanese public healthcare system.They take care of pregnancy and babies but they don’t take care of mothers.So I developed and provide a specialized fitness programm just for me to regain health after birth.That is the beginning of MadreBonita Project.