A hard beginning

Lucy lives in country northern NSW Australia, and faced many challenges during her first months as a mother. But during this time, Lucy learnt a lot about herself, and her own limitations. This is Lucy’s story about becoming a mother. During my labour, I learnt a lot about my limits. I had great support people, … Continue reading

A Balinese mother’s story

This is Ony, who lives in Ubud, Bali. She works as a waitress at a cafe, and has one baby – a boy, who is now seven months old. Ony shares her reflections on her life as a mother – her joys, and the challenges she has faced. When I was 26 years old, I … Continue reading

Text book baby

Antonia lives in the UK. She is a primary school teacher, and a mother of one child, William. These are Antonia’s reflections on what it was like to become a mother. All my life I have dreamed about becoming a mother. I was one of those children who carted a doll everywhere and who mothered … Continue reading

Born under a blue moon

Zanni lives in Alstonville, Australia and is the mother of 18 month Elka. Zanni is a writer, and is studying Psychology externally. She is founder of Mother Ink. These are Zanni’s reflections on being a mother. I had been with Gregor for three years when we decided to have a baby, and I was turning … Continue reading

Missy’s story

Missy lives on the Gold Coast, Australia. She is a mother of three children, Piper, Paeton and Fynn – her youngest Fynn was born this year. These are Missy’s reflections on her experience of being a mother. Before my first daughter was born I was very nervous. I wasn’t sure of the pain and if … Continue reading

Memories of birthing in Portugal

This experience is taken from Sariya’s diary two weeks after the birth of her second child in Portugal. Sariya is a mother of two boys, and they now live in Byron Bay, Australia. Names have been changed. I knew in the morning that he would be coming today. There were spots of blood and mucus … Continue reading

I’m a single mother now

Chrissie is a mother of two young children, and lives in country northern NSW, in the hinterlands of Byron Bay, Australia. She has recently become a single mum. This is Chrissie’s honest account of how things are. My world is changing, as fast as the waves change out in the ocean. Everything I thought I … Continue reading

Johanna’s story

Johanna is the mother of one baby girl. She lives on a farm between Casino and Lismore, NSW Australia. Johanna shares her experiences of her labour and her first year as a mother. I felt a little apprehensive about my labour on one hand but excited on the other.  I was looking forward to the … Continue reading

Anna’s story

Anna lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has recently given birth to a baby girl. Here, Anna shares her experiences of her birth and the early months of motherhood. I was always very excited about the labour and really looking forward to the experience.  When I fell pregnant, I had already made a career change and … Continue reading

Learning to break the rules

Nicole lives in Newcastle, Australia, and faced many challenges in her pregnancy and after her baby was born, including feeding, and coming to connect with her baby. This is one woman’s very truthful and heartfelt account of learning how to become a mother. I was so anxious for my induction and labour to begin. I … Continue reading