You may have noticed, in MamaCare’s resources, articles and social media posts, the term postpartum appearing more often than postnatal. Someone asked me recently why this is, as the former is more commonly used in the US while the latter more common in Australia and UK.
Though synonyms, and essentially interchangeable, these two terms have different connotations. Both refer to the period after birth. However, postpartum is correlated with the mother’s condition after birth, whereas postnatal relates to the baby. As such, MamaCare uses the mother-centred term more frequently. While babies are beautiful and important and deserve huge attention… so too do their mothers. And that is where our focus lies.