Senior advisor to the president of the United States and first daughter, Ivanka Trump revealed in a recent interview that she suffered from postpartum depression after the births of each of her three children, a condition that affects 1 in 9 new mothers.
Ivanka makes the revelation during an interview with talk show host Doctor Oz, set to air on Thursday. She reportedly said that she suffered from “some level” of postpartum depression after each of her deliveries, and described what she’d been feeling.
“It was very – 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 an executive. And I had had such easy pregnancies, that in some way the juxtaposition hit me even harder,” Ivanka is quoted as saying.
She revealed that while she had not intended to speak about it, she made the very personal admission because she felt it was an “incredibly important” issue.
“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 related.
According to the CDC, postpartum depression is “depression that occurs after having a baby,” a period of worry, sadness, and tiredness that is more intense and lasts longer than what is normally referred to as “baby blues.” The blues usually clear up on their own within a few days.
Ivanka also discussed her relationship with her father, as it pertains to the White House and her official capacity, and the balance between that and her role as daughter.
“I have my views and I share them candidly,” she told Dr. Oz. “And as a daughter, I have the latitude to do that. But I also respect the process that my father is now president. And the American people elected him based on his agenda. And my job isn’t to undermine that agenda.”
Asked about her ability to swing the president to a more moderate viewpoint, Ivanka said her role is not to make decisions, it is to advise.
“I think my role — and anyone who works for the president of the United States — their role is [to] continue to inform, advise, and then ultimately execute. So, I’m not the decision-maker,” she said. “I don’t view it as my obligation to moderate and I don’t think anyone working for a sitting president should see themselves in that capacity.”
Ivanka has been an executive vice president of the family-owned Trump Organization, appeared alongside her father on the TV show, “The Apprentice,” formed a successful fine-jewelry business, and has her own line of fashion items.
She moved to Washington, D.C., from New York in January 2017; and in late March 2017, she began serving in her father’s administration as an official, unpaid advisor and part of President Donald J. Trump’s inner circle.
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Clips of her comments may be seen in the video below.
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