MOMSTEIN SPEAKS: VICTIM BLAMING AND THE MARTYR MOTHER
"A new mother deserves the protection, care and support at par with what the baby deserves. The more support and belief a mother finds from those around her, the more likely she is to succeed in breastfeeding."
MOMSTEIN SPEAKS: WHY POSTPARTUM BLUES ARE ON THE RISE
The modern-day strong-willed woman is the classical example of the type A personality. This personality is a temperament that encompasses ambition, competitiveness, focus on quality, need for control and an unrealistic sense of urgency as per the dictionary definition. And to survive in this dog-eat-dog world, a woman has to have all these qualities to thrive.
Last week I had this wonderful opportunity to speak at a parent support group. While enough has been researched and written about the positive impacts of support groups especially through chronic challenges, there remains a huge dearth of the same in our healing community. There are stigmas and doubts attached to certain life conditions which inhibit the community seeking behaviour. So, it did come as a pleasant surprise when I was invited to be part of one.
With the new era, gender roles are getting blurry and the gender divides is practically non-existent. Notwithstanding the fact that we are in charge of the uterus and bearing babies, mother, and father both contribute to rearing babies in today’s evolved family structure. The father is not anymore the sole breadwinner and many families take a call as to who should work after a baby is born taking into account total earnings and insurance benefits.
"The mother’s milk production gears up to meet the increasing demands of the growing baby but that does not mean the mother lose her mind by having the baby attached to her for twenty-four hours a day."