#IAmMother - Stories of Motherhood

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Who has been the kindest to me as a mother, is my sister. She’s the most amazing sister ever that I have. She was helpful since, since I was in labour, I remember I went straight to the hospital and my sister came after, and she was the one that was rubbing my back through the pains, the one that was encouraging me to be strong, the one was telling me to push, push, push. Even when I was running out of breath, she was right next to me holding my hand with the two nurses that were helping, and when my baby boy came out, she was there and the time they put my baby on my chest, she was there until 11:00 when she left and came back the next morning to fetch me. And she was the one holding the baby out of the hospital. Like, so proud with a smile on the face. And I was so happy having someone that took care of me that was showing so much love. I was so, so, so, so happy and shout out to my sister was very happy. I love her so much.

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Andy Mkosi

Photographing the story telling circles has been more than just a job for me or another photography booking. It definitely had me questioning my relationship with my mother and got me thinking about it actively and how I can be a better daughter and assist her where I can. I totally related with some of the stories shared, further solidifying the fact that you do not have to give birth in order to understand mothers or be a mother. The circles has allowed me to redefine what being a mother is entirely. I definitely want to host a circle with my aunts, cousins, mom, gran and the rest of the matriarchs in the Mkosi family to have similar conversations.


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