As a journalist expecting her first child ten years ago, Hillary Frank was determined to give birth naturally, without the use of any drugs or surgery. As a result, things didn’t go quite as planned for her She suffered a traumatic injury after a long and difficult delivery. After undergoing episiotomy, she sustained this injury and was left with chronic pain for the rest of her life. In addition, the surgical wounds did not heal properly, necessitating a second operation. Hillary was traumatised as a result.
It took Hillary three long years to fully recover from this trauma. She was unable to care for her infant daughter during this time period. When she tried to lift things, walk, or sit for an extended period of time, she felt pain.
Her recovery from this issue led her to realise that she was not alone in experiencing this pain or the pain of others. That these new mothers are afraid to talk about this and end up suffering in silence is the worst part of this fact. According to her, women in the United States have a hard time talking about their injuries. Women are more likely to tell others about injuries to other parts of their bodies. However, because the injury is located in a woman’s private area, no one is comfortable discussing it.
Hillary’s dilemmas became apparent when she discussed her storey with other women. Hence she decided to come up with her podcast named ‘The Longest Shortest Time’ where she talks about childbirth, sex-related issues, parenting dilemmas especially the ones involving young kids. Through this podcast series, Hillary has managed to connect with thousands of parents till now.
Hillary further says that the aim behind this podcast is that to make such women feel that they are not alone and solving these issues together. There is a lot of diversity on this issue. She is also writing a book on her experience named Weird Parenting Wins which will be launched soon.