Three Faces of Motherhood
Today’s Style Observer spotlights three mums each with a unique proposition on motherhood. The resolve of Shanice Mia Gore to become a mother involved in vitro fertilisation. Nothing could have prepared her, however, for the emotional upheaval that ensued… “The most heartbreaking news! There was no reason as to why the embryo just stopped growing. I was broken. The feeling of getting pregnant and losing it had become an oh-too-familiar feeling. Maybe motherhood was not on the cards.
“I mourned the loss of my pregnancy; took some time to clear my head; picked myself up and got on the ride again…”
For career woman Ava-Marie Johnson, motherhood has been her biggest blessing and learning opportunity… “I have realised that trying to achieve perfect equilibrium in all areas of my life (best mom, attentive wife, fulfilling career, eating right, exercising, spiritual well-being, time for social activities) may not be possible,” she has learned.
Finally, we meet Natasha Bakon, a mother of three who, having pressed pause on her career to become a full-time mom, is now ready to return. “I do really miss being able to share my ideas and the ability to contribute something meaningful outside of the home,” she shares. The world she once knew, however, is no more. “A lot has changed in the workplace… and I no longer fit well in the demands of that corporate box,” she concludes.
SO thanks Shanice, Ava-Marie and Natasha for removing the ubiquitous layers of motherhood seldom discussed.
Happy Mother’s Day to all SO mums wherever in the world you are.