#IAmMother - Stories of Motherhood

Thabisa’s Story

“But when you do your research, when you talk to other mothers, when you try to share your story with other people it seems like you are so relieved. It’s like the package has been like off-loaded to you.” Listen to her story…

Lindiwe’s Story

“Everyone was excited to have a granddaughter at home. It’s the second granddaughter. So everyone was happy and then we said Sinovuyo. So we were all happy.” Listen to her story…

Cindy’s Story

“He understands when I say “I need space; can you hold him for me?” And he volunteers to do things that I think that other men wouldn’t necessarily want to do like wash nappies with poo. And yeah, it was also just like in terms of during the birthing process, it is like he was… I feel like it was like a real hero just like playing a supportive role.” Listen to her story…

Yonela’s Story

“I came here to study, but I didn’t apply early, so I have to take a gap year and then during that gap year I met someone and fell pregnant. So the most regret is that I didn’t go to school,  but still now I am not at school because I have to take care of this child.” Listen to her story…

Patricia’s Story

“And when the mother becomes so depressed and so tired, when it comes to that, when a child is crying, you will become more anxious and more sad, then you feel like you want to give up. But if we had that support as mothers, it will be, like, easier… ” Listen to her story…

Shana’s Story

“I think people are not equipped to handle mother’s emotions and if we had support groups… just readily available, because a lot of the women that are suffering can’t pay for any of these things and if we had support groups, or just places where women could go and say, “I’m a mom, this is how I feel” and there were trained people to deal with it… I think that would help a lot.” Listen to her story…

Rumbi’s Story

“I remember just feeling the weight of keeping this little human being alive, just descending on my shoulders and realizing that my life was forever changed… and in that moment I felt a kind of… a crushing regret.”
 Listen to her story…

Philippa’s Story

“When my little one comes and he gives me a hug or a kiss, when my oldest son just says “mommy, come here” and he gives me a big hug for no reason at all, or they say thank you to me. When my daughter helps me with my writing and reading and critiques me.” Listen to her story…

Kelly’s Story

I’ve heard people say that it’s like your heart walking around on the outside of your body and it really is like that. You don’t have the same fear for yourself, or for anyone else that you’ve loved before that point in time.” Listen to her story…

Julie’s Story

“The kind of story that I told myself was that even in the hard moments, I’m going to love every moment, and the reality is that some of the moments have been really, really hard and I have not loved it and there have been moments of motherhood that I haven’t really liked.” Listen to her story…

Jessica’s Story

“I think as a non-mom or someone who is yet to be a mom, there is a lot of power in that you can offer so much coming from a space of that you have no prejudice of experience.” Listen to her story…

Chloe’s Story

“I often feel things that aren’t mine, so often I’ll feel scared or I’ll feel sad or angry and it’s not a fear that I can track to any place in my life and then if I feel deeper into that then I realize that it’s probably my mother’s fear.” Listen to her story…

Ruth’s Story

“I know that she had to labour on her back and that she had a foetal heart monitor strapped to her, that she laboured for 12 hours, and that she birthed on her own and that I was 5 kilos. But she never spoke about it a negative way, she always spoke about it in a very positive way and she gave me a very positive imprint of my birth.” Listen to her story…

Maz’s Story

“You know, she took so much on and she was so brave and so strong and you know, I just always see her as this Amazonian woman of strength and I’m trying to live up to that.” Listen to her story…

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