There are about 53 million adult caregivers in the United States, and an astonishing 5.4 million children and adolescents care for family members.
I knew that having a baby wasn’t supposed to be easy, but I never imagined that it would be this hard. After a cesarean section that resulted in medical complications, however, I was in tremendous physical pain.
My partner had just finished his urology residency and often worked 14-hour days, so I was mostly alone and we didn’t have any money at that time. I needed help to take care of the baby. I needed help to care for myself. But where was I going to get it? And how was I going to pay for it?