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

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

The biggest challenge of all

Janine is the mother of 20-month-old Ahlia, and lives on a farm in the hinterlands of Byron Bay. Janine is learning much about herself and her baby since she became a mother – one of those things is learning to grieve for her life ‘pre-baby’. This is Janine’s tender story that many mothers can relate … Continue reading

A mother’s love. A daughter’s strength

Sherie had her first child at 20. There were serious complications at birth that affected her long after. On top of coping with her own situation, which included experiencing PND, she soon found out her mother had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Sherie’s experiences of becoming a mother were marred by great tragedy. But … Continue reading

My mother was dying

Margaret of Northern NSW, Australia became a mother almost 30 years ago. Up until last year, Margaret was also a daughter. Margaret shares with us what it was like to lose her mother. One year ago, I watched my mother dying. Obviously it was a traumatic time. I want to relate the sequence of events … Continue reading