Wednesday, May 02, 2018 Cape Town, South Africa

Regan braai’d for supper last night. I was sitting in the garden, idly watching the kids play on our overgrown lawn, thinking about everything and nothing. I had a moment of pure stress thinking about the upcoming Embrace Mother’s Day event. Thinking that my decision to sign up as a team leader for Groote Schuur Hospital was ambitious and a little insane. I mean, I have so much on my plate right now, what was I thinking. Then I continued staring at my kids, probably a little too intently. My mind drifted to my own journey into motherhood, something I think about often. I thought about how lucky I am. I thought about how easy everything felt. I had a support system. I had money. I had a home. My girls never went without. I never had to think about how Regan would adjust, I never had to worry about substance abuse, or feeding my family, I never had to worry about keeping my kids safe, I never had to worry about how I would manage. I had my village, and through them, I just did manage.

For the majority of women in South Africa, the journey into motherhood is not that easy. It’s often fraught with anxiety and worry. The majority of women in South Africa don’t fall into a blissful bubble of love and happiness when they become mothers. Most of the time, these women come from homes where they are the sole bread-winner, in some cases, there is violence and in almost all cases, there is abject poverty. Make no mistake, as you sit reading this on your phone or your laptop, you, my friend, are firmly within the 1%.

Let me quickly circle back to my stress about Mother’s Day Connect. As I was saying, I was sitting in the backyard, feeling anxious and concerned because I need to get 26 women to join me on Mother’s Day to spread some love and cheer to the new moms at Groote Schuur Hospital. It seems like a small task, but sign-ups have been slow and I haven’t had a chance to push it as much as I need to. So, I decided to write about it. Because that’s what I do when I am stressed. I write.

So let me explain what the Embrace Mother’s Day Connect events are and exactly what I am asking for:

What are they all about?

Mother’s Day Connect is essentially a movement for new mothers. Mother’s Day traditionally evokes images of a day filled with spoils from your loved ones; a day dedicated to celebrating hard work, dedication and love. But this is not the case for all mothers. For some, it is a grand celebration. For others, the day goes by completely unnoticed. Is there a middle ground? An opportunity for us to honour the vital role that mothers play in society without giving in to the temptations of commercialism? Can the mothers of South Africa play a meaningful role in uplifting and encouraging our fellow mothers?

For the third year running Embrace, a new societal movement and part of the DG Murray Trust will be championing Mother’s Day Connect – a movement which was sparked in a bid to make all new mother’s, particularly those without support, feel special on this day. By stretching the circle of sisterhood bigger, Embraceis calling on all women to come together on Sunday 13 May to visit and support new mothers in state hospitals and Midwife Obstetric Units (MOUs).

How do you sign up?

It could not be easier to sign up. You just visit the Embrace Mother’s Day Connect page > ; and you sign up. Once you have signed up, you visit this page >; to chose your closest hospital. There are MOU’s all over the country and if you’d like to join my team, you’ll need to sign up for the Groote Schuur event.

What will we do on the day?

We’ll be spending 1 hour with new moms. I am in the process of trying to arrange for goodie bags for the moms – if you’re a brand reading this, please get involved! – we’ll have cake and chat. It really is that simple. We’re here to spread love and make other moms feel special.

Why should you join?

Because I need you and because every mom should feel the joy that comes with the sisterhood of motherhood.

I am counting on you all. Please join us.


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