CPS Investigated Me Because I Had Postpartum Depression

Michele Merritt
13 min readMar 27, 2020

We are failing new moms

My first child arrived after what was arguably one of the longest labors ever recorded — 60 hours. I had hoped he would be born at home with my licensed nurse practitioner midwife. We lived within walking distance of the hospital, had a solid backup plan, and had a hospital bag packed just in case. When I began having contractions one Wednesday…

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Michele Merritt

Philosophy professor. Adoptee. Advocate. Activist. Marathon swimmer. Cheese consumer. I write about dogs a lot. michelemerritt.com