Meghann Foye, 38, faced a social media backlash from mothers across the country last week. I can’t say she didn’t deserve it.

Foye, author of a new novel “Meternity,” penned an article in the New York Post, which stated that all working women deserve a maternity leave in their life, whether they have children or not.

“And as I watched my friends take their real maternity leaves, I saw that spending three months detached from their desks made them much more sure of themselves,” Foye wrote. “One friend made the decision to leave her corporate career to create her own business; another decided to switch industries. From the outside, it seemed like those few weeks of them shifting their focus to something other than their jobs gave them a whole new lens through which to see their lives.”

New lens? Perhaps. This “new lens” means sleep deprivation, little to no adult socialization and caring for a little person you love so deeply but who does nothing but eat, cry and poop. Your sleep is gone — for years sometimes. From the moment you stick your feet in the stirrups, your right to privacy vanishes. The “vacation” that Foye assumes maternity leave must be is intertwined with gory little details your mother — and most of your friends — politely omit until after you give birth: Waddling around with post-partum pads the size of diapers, having to use lanolin cream on areas so raw you swear your skin must be falling off, stretch marks so large your stomach looks like a road map of Texas, not to mention still looking six months pregnant six weeks postpartum.

Yes, motherhood is worth every bit of it. But is maternity leave a vacation? Is it a cakewalk?

Hell, no. Perhaps women gain a “new lens” on life after maternity leave because when you become a parent, your life instantly IS different. Forever. Permanently.

“While both men and women would benefit from a ‘meternity’ leave after a decade or so in the workforce, the concept is one that would be especially advantageous for women,” Foye continued in the New York Post. “Burnout syndrome is well-documented in both sexes, but recent research suggests that women may experience it at greater rates; researchers postulate that it’s because women (moms and non-moms alike) feel overloaded by the roles they have to take on at work and at home.”

Foye, who worked at a New York-based magazine before writing her book, said that professionals without children were unfairly expected to work long hours while her coworkers with children had an excuse to work regular hours and go home in the evenings. Foye ultimately decided she needed time away from the office. She resigned from her job and took 18 months off. During the time, she birthed her book.

Foye likely knows maternity leave is no vacation. Considering she was plugging her book, her column in the New York Post likely did just what she wanted: It garnered attention. But, regardless of her intentions, it did ruffle the feathers of a lot of moms who vividly remember what it’s like in those first few days and weeks after birth.

If Foye really wanted to experience this new awakening, this “new lens” on life, the least she could do is help out — I’m sure there are a lot of new moms out there who would be more than willing for some relief with diaper changes, cleaning the house and late-night feedings. After all, they are the ones who really deserve a vacation.

— Lydia Seabol Avant writes The Mom Stop for The Tuscaloosa News, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Reach her at lydia.seabolavant@tuscaloosanews.com.