Gather your mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends and spend one hour at your local maternity home celebrating new mothers.
If you would like to print Mother’s Day cards for your visit, you can access it below in different languages.
Mother’s Day Connect (MDC) is open for any women who would like to visit, encourage and support other women as they start their motherhood journeys. Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of childbirth and respecting cultural practices, men are not permitted to visit as part of MDC.
No! Mother’s Day Connect started in Cape Town, but we want to grow this movement to include women from around the country. If you’re reading this from outside the Western Cape, we need you!
At this stage, yes. Mother’s Day Connect was sparked to address the inequality of Mother’s Day – that some mothers receive lavish gifts, kindness and care on Mother’s Day, whilst others go un-recognised. We realise that many mothers who give birth at public hospitals are surrounded by great support networks, but we also know that many aren’t. Our best chance at making Mother’s Day inclusive for all new moms is to focus on public maternity units.
Go to our Facebook event page, scroll through the hospital posts and fill in the form linked in the post. Don’t forget to comment on the thread so you can join in the planning conversation. You can also search for listed hospitals on our Mother’s Day Connect web page and click the form link to sign up.
Start a team for your hospital/ MoU
Sign up on the Mother’s Day Connect page and tell us which maternity unit you would like to visit. We’ll contact you to send you all the information you need to contact your local hospital to gain permission for a visit. Once permission is granted, your hospital will be listed on the Facebook event page and you will be named as the leader/ co-leader. If there is still space to join your team, people will be encouraged to sign up to join you under your thread on the Facebook page.
It depends entirely on you. For a small 8-bed Midwife and Obstetric Unit (MoU), you would only need one leader. For bigger hospitals with more than one ward, you may want to consider asking some friends to co-lead with you.
The number of volunteers should never exceed the number of beds in the ward. Our recommendation is to have half the number of volunteers to the number of beds. It is unlikely that the ward will be completely full. If it is, one volunteer will easily be able to visit with two moms in an hour.
It’s very difficult to say as one can never predict the number of women giving birth at a facility on any given day. You might arrive to a fairly empty ward and it could be full by the time you are ready to leave. You should be prepared to visit as many moms as there are beds in the facility.
Many of the nurses are mothers too. Why not bring them some cake to make their Mother’s Day tea time just a little bit sweeter? :)
We understand that visiting a stranger can be a little bit awkward. Start by introducing yourself, wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day and complementing her sweet new baby. Other kind questions: How are you feeling? What is your baby’s name? Does the name have any special meaning?
We would love you to take a team photograph outside of the hospital. Please share it with us. Many hospitals have very strict photo policies and will not allow you to take photographs inside. By signing up as a volunteer you are agreeing to follow the rules of the hospital. If they are relaxed with this rule, please do not take any photographs of a mother or her baby without her expressed permission. We want to encourage volunteers to be very sensitive to the mood of the room and to the mood of the mothers. Many mothers would prefer not to have their photograph taken on the day they have given birth. Please respect this.
No, children under the age of 13 are not allowed to visit maternity units. Please do not bring your young children along with you as there will be no one to look after them whilst you go and visit.
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