Becoming A Mother, Finch Publishers ( in book stores 1st September, 2015)
There is perhaps no other journey quite like that which we undertake when we become a mother for the first time. In the moment of birth it is not only a baby that is born, but a mother too. We are handed a squirmy, slimy baby and offered congratulations. For most, it is a moment filled with joy. Yet for many new mothers, it may soon be followed by confusion and self-doubt. For the road ahead offers the steepest of learning curves and may contain challenges we were unprepared for; from bone numbing sleep deprivation to the reality of caring for a baby that cries and cries. Many of us secretly doubt that we will ever emerge from those difficult days and become the loving, confident mother we long to be.
Yet somehow we do and by the end of the first year, our baby’s secret language is not so foreign and we will have arrived at a place of understanding and confidence in attuning to their needs.
Becoming a mother explores this emotional journey. It reminds us that as mothers, in amongst all that we don’t know and feel we are doing wrong, there are many, many things we are doing wonderfully right. This book releases women from the pressure to be perfect mothers. Rather than a book which teaches how to change a nappy or schedule a feed, it explores the often unspoken challenges of caring for a baby in the first year and the complex emotions we may experience as we are transformed into mothers. Through the inspiration of women’s stories we come to see that we are not alone … and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
The first year is a time of profound transformation and for all of its challenges, a wonderfully rich experience. Our babies grow and we do too. It is a love story like no other.
It is the passage of becoming a mother.