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In the next few weeks (and headed into 2018), we want to do more blogs on the personal journeys of women as they become mothers.
This is a complex and often fraught topic — and it’s not often super well-understood broadly. Consider a simple example. This article from Elle UK is entitled “I Told My Boss I Was Pregnant, And The Next Day He Sacked Me By Voice Mail.” (“Sacked” means “fired,” if the across-the-pond lingo didn’t immediately resonate.) So just by simply knowing you will become a mother, your livelihood can be threatened, which in turn puts additional pressure on your partner — and potentially even your relationship.
That’s just scratching the surface of the complexities of motherhood and the emergence of a woman into that role. The journey can often be long — many of us know 1 or 2 couples who spent the better part of a decade trying to conceive — and there’s a confusing contextual discussion about whether motherhood reduces your feminism, especially if you love being a mom.
Some, including Japanese manga artists, have compared motherhood to a constant wrestling match. It’s hard, yes. There aren’t many breaks.
As a side note: the new BBC show, Motherland, is supposed to a brutally honest depiction of raising little ones. Check that out if you can.
But for now: if you’d be interested in answering a few questions about how motherhood changed you, the challenges, what you did/didn’t expect, and more … let us know. Reply to this post, reply on social, or contact us. We’d love to hear from real moms, especially those in the Massachusetts area. We’d love to tell your stories and hopefully help other moms in the process. Maybe we can even create a community over time!
Let us know. We’d love to hear from you.