Separated at birth: A journey through Diastasis Symphysis Pubis

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Saunders, Michaela R.
Washburn University
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My pelvis separated during delivery and for more than six months, ignored by medical professionals while I was encouraged to give it time to heal. I was convinced the trouble was not severe. Made to doubt myself. I didn’t slip through a crack. I fell through a chasm of missed opportunities for care because of the rarity of my condition, known as Diastasis Symphysis Pubis (DSP). I'm hoping my story will raise awareness of a little-known but debilitating and often devastating complication of pregnancy and birth known as DSP. It may sound trite, but if one woman or one woman’s partner asks better questions because of this memoir. If one healthcare provider is more informed and more compassionate because of what they learn in these pages, then our story mattered to more than those included in it.