Ivanka Trump revealed her battle with postpartum depression during a TV interview.
Although Ivanka Trump’s revelation that she suffered postpartum depression following all three of her otherwise easy pregnancies was the big headline from her appearance on Thursday’s episode of The Dr. Oz show, that wasn’t the only noteworthy part.
The president’s 35-year-old daughter and senior advisor pushed back at the notion that she has a duty to the nation to be a voice of moderation in her father’s White House.
Trump says she’s candid with her father and his aides, but realizes the American people voted her father into the Oval Office based on his agenda, not hers.
“It’s not my job to undermine that agenda,” she explained. “It’s to embrace the areas where there’s commonality … If you’re part of a team and you have a seat at the table and a forum from which to air your perspective and opinion, I don’t need to couple that with a denouncement on every single issue I disagree with.”
She told Oz that growing up in a “very noisy” family taught her to speak up.
“A Trump family Thanksgiving is a competition for who can speak the loudest,” she joked. “We’ve all learned to elbow our way in here and make sure our voices are heard.”
One area where she’s vowed to do that is paid family leave. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t require employers to offer it and, according to Oz and affirmed by Politifact, that has a long-term negative impact on working families’ financial and emotional health.
Trump admitted that even with her plentiful financial resources, she struggled when she returned to work after the birth of her three children. It’s this discussion with Oz that led to her postpartum depression revelation.
“I was trying to figure out how I would get back into a rhythm where I felt like I was being the mother I desired to be while continuing to engage in my professional endeavors that were important to me,” she told Oz. “With each of my three children, I had some level of postpartum depression.”
In hindsight, Ivanka wishes she hadn’t been quite such a hard-charging executive when it came time to decide when to go back to work full-time.
It was a lesson which took her two more kids to learn, said…