For many women, blissful maternity isn’t an option.
Most work life balance conversations are between stay at home versus career mum but what about mumpreneurs? The career mum might struggle with juggling her 9 to 5 (or more like 5 to 9) and missing some milestones. She might have to decide between the sales pitch and her daughter's prize giving day in school.
When Thabile visited the Nkhaba Health Centre for her first antenatal visit, there was a lot on her mind. Diagnosed with HIV four years prior, she expressed her fear to the nurses at the clinic...fear that she would infect her child and fear that she would die, leaving him orphaned.
As Catherine Russell, US Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women's Issues, succinctly put it: "It is often tempting to think
The truth is devastatingly simple. Women and their babies will continue to die until we decide that they have the right to live. And without healthy women, we can't have healthy families, resilient communities, or a sustainable world. The choice is ours to make.
In Yoruba culture pregnant women and mothers are celebrated in a concept that I hold dear to my heart - Alaafia Abiyamo. Alaafia
According to "protective" mothers and their legal and psychological advocates, all of whom spoke at the Battered Mothers Custody Conference in Albany in May, this crisis has only deepened. If a battered mother is involved in a custody dispute, her lawyer must, in good conscience, advise her not to mention domestic violence; if she does, chances are she will lose custody.
Because of my childhood, my daughter will never have to question whether she is good enough. Because of my childhood, my daughter will never have to feel responsible for repairing an unhappy home. Because of my childhood, my daughter will always hear how strong and smart and capable she is.