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Mother's Day campaign seeks show solidarity with new moms

Written by: Megan Ellis

The Embrace movement is calling on mothers to show solidarity with new moms as part of their Mother's Day initiative.

Mother's Day Connect volunteers aim to support new mothers by visiting them in the maternity ward on the weekend of 13 May for an hour. The goal is to show solidarity with and reach out to new mothers, who often feel overwhelmed and isolated due to the huge changes a newborn brings to their lives.

"Mother’s Day Connect is an opportunity to rally together as women to celebrate and support new mothers at a sacred point in their motherhood journey. It is an opportunity for women to extend the circle of sisterhood to include mothers at a time when the care and connections of sisterhood are most needed. We spend one hour of our Mother’s Day encouraging, listening to, laughing with, and honouring mothers who have birthed their babies over the Mother’s Day weekend."

Julie Mentor, Embrace Movement Leader.

Mothers from all backgrounds are encouraged to share their stories and experiences to connect and develop a network of support.

"Our ties to motherhood give us many common experiences that we’re able to lean on as we start conversations and build connections. In a society that has historically kept us separate, our shared motherhood provides a navigation tool to slowly and respectfully create paths towards each other."

Julie Mentor, Embrace Movement Leader

The Embrace Movement focuses on providing various forms of support to mothers, especially in the first 1 000 days.

Mother’s Day Connect will aim to have a presence across the country this year. To join a team simply visit the Embrace website and follow the sign-up instructions/

If you would like to be a team leader for a birthing facility that is not on the list then you can email the movement on mothersday@embrace.org.za or join the official Facebook event page where they will provide you with all the information and help needed.




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