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Ivanka Trump opens up about postpartum depression

The internet is divided in its sympathy.


Ana Valens

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 21, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:41 pm CDT

Ivanka Trump has come under scrutiny for some of her more hypocritical pro-women statements while supporting her father’s anti-women policies in office. But on Thursday, Ivanka opened up about an emotional, still-taboo issue during her much-publicized interview on The Dr. Oz Show: She suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to each of her children.

“With each of my three children, I had some level of postpartum depression,” Trump said during the interview. “It was a very challenging emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and executive.”

Postpartum depression especially hit Ivanka Trump hard, she said, because she considers herself ambitious. Having depression got in the way of her drive.

“Look, I consider myself a very hard-charging person. I am ambitious. I’m passionate. I’m driven, but this is something that affects parents all over the country,” she said.

For some, hearing about Ivanka Trump’s depression was a humanizing moment.

But not everyone was sympathetic to Ivanka. Many complained that her father’s Obamacare repeal agenda would target working- and middle-class mothers with postpartum depression around the world. Some considered her coming out ill-timed for that reason or hypocritical.

Others replied with two words: “Who cares?”

In summary, destigmatizing a condition many mothers suffer from is good, but not using your privilege to protect these mothers’ healthcare is, again, the definition of complicity.


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*First Published: Sep 21, 2017, 12:25 pm CDT