What is ‘Modern Motherhood’ and Why Does it Matter?
As we continue to count down the days before we officially open the doors to our brand new maternal wellness centre, I want to share a bit more background about what modern motherhood means to us and why we are working to support women across Saskatchewan.
For so many years the challenges and triumphs that come with motherhood have been quietly swept under the rug, prefaced with an assumption that women should automatically know how to care for a new baby, that their “motherly instinct” will just kick in and all will be fine in the world. It wasn’t until I became a mother myself that it quickly became very clear that the narrative we’ve grown up with is really misleading and that women are paying a very steep price for it.
It’s time we pull back the curtain and begin to see motherhood for what it really is. We need to truly honour this role which includes a full spectrum of emotions, challenges and accomplishments, and create a safe space for women to navigate through the transition. It’s time to get real about our mental health so that we can be the best parents possible.
What is Modern Motherhood?
Modern motherhood is about challenging the cultural narrative about what it means to be mom in this day and age and creating a more realistic picture of what it’s really like. It’s about knowing the true value of the work we do and honoring the need to take care of ourselves FIRST, so that we can then take care of our families.
It’s about encouraging women to ask for help, not because they need it but because they deserve it! For so long, asking for help has been seen as a sign of weakness and that is absolutely something we must change. Raising a child takes a village – a real village of people who care about you and your family. Mothering isn’t designed to be done in isolation.
Modern motherhood is about women being proactive about their health and making informed decisions about their care. It’s about about using the power of technology to access education, and to carve out a new age village where moms can connect and support one another as they experience that first year and beyond!
With technology at our fingertips information is everywhere! Being informed has never been easier yet it can all be so overwhelming. We want to help women and families navigate their options so they feel supported along the way. When you know better, you do better and our centre is going to help connect families to the resources they need.
Lastly, modern motherhood is about letting go of unrealistic expectations. It’s about finding your own path in this world and connecting with your children in a brand new way.
Why does it matter?
Modern motherhood matters because we know women are suffering and when mothers suffer, so do our little ones and our families. With one in five women experiencing a postpartum mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) after the birth of a child, and only a fraction of those actually get the help they need, we know something has to change. It matters because if we start now we’ll be able to break the cycle. This will mean that women will no longer have to suffer in silence and that our children can live in a society that better supports new parents.
If our vision of modern motherhood is something you connect with and would like to learn more, please stop by our grand opening event on Saturday October 13th from 9-3. You will be able to learn more about our Postpartum Wellness Program, meet our amazing team and of course celebrate with us! You’ll find us at our new home located at 1040 Winnipeg Street in Regina. More details about the big party can be found by clicking here.
We have lots of giveaways planned but make sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates and an exclusive gift bag when you attend in person!
I hope to see you at the grand opening!