Meghan McCain shared photos of her newborn daughter, Liberty, on Instagram for the very first time on Monday.
McCain also returned to The View this week, where she revealed she was hospitalized for a week after giving birth.
Now, the new mom is advocating for paid maternity leave following her postnatal health complications.
The View co-host Meghan McCain finally shared photos of her newborn daughter, Liberty, on Instagram this week. The series of three pictures, posted on Jan. 4, is the first we’ve seen of Liberty since she was born back in September 2020.
McCain posted the pictures, including Liberty wearing a “three months” sign and the pair in front of a Christmas tree. The caption simply read, “Someone wanted to see me?”
That’s because fans didn’t expect to see any photos of Liberty. Last spring, McCain announced that she would be keeping the details of her pregnancy private, due to the comments she received following death of her father, Senator John McCain.
The new mom also returned to The View on Monday, where she opened up about her harrowing postpartum health issues, including an emergency C-section. “When I gave birth, I actually had postnatal preeclampsia,” McCain, 36, said. “I was in the hospital for a week after on a magnesium drip, and it really, really kicked my butt.”
Postpartum preeclampsia is a rare condition that causes high blood pressure. It usually appears in the first few days after birth, but can take up to six weeks to present, and it can be difficult to diagnose outside of a hospital. Common symptoms include headaches, changes in vision, and upper abdominal pain, according to the Mayo Clinic, and the condition can cause seizures, stroke, and even death. Research shows postpartum preeclampsia can take up to 12 weeks of treatment to go away—a length of time that’s nearly impossible for working mothers to take off.
McCain had planned on coming back to the show six weeks after giving birth, just in time for the election, but she was “physically unable to,” the conservative commentator shared. “I had to have my husband and my mother-in-law help me do everything from shower to eat. It was deeply humbling.”
The experience made her wonder why working women across America aren’t afforded “the same kind of luxury that I had working here at The View,” McCain said. “The whole time I was thinking, ‘What a privilege it is to have this kind of maternity leave.’”
McCain noted that she is particularly angry with conservatives: “We are the party of family values, and everything about our ideology stems from the nucleus of the family,” she said. “We are leaving women in this country without the capacity and ability—unless you have an employer that allows you to—to take care of your child, to heal physically.”
The United States is one of the only countries that doesn’t require employers to provide paid maternity leave—and the single one of the world’s richest nations that offers zero national time to new mothers. (Estonia offers up to 166 weeks; Japan up to 58; Mexico up to 12.)
“We, as women of The View, can make this our initiative in 2021,” McCain said. “When we have lawmakers on the show, really put pressure on them and ask them why the women of America don’t get the same kind of maternity leave that Meghan McCain got.”
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