Faces of Postpartum
Faces of Postpartum
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Sara, Montréal QC (3/4)

"I don’t know if I would have thought about motherhood the same way if I’d had a son. There’s this other aspect of having a daughter: you want to show her she can achieve anything she puts her head up to. You want to teach her she can choose her own project and talk about whatever she wants to talk about. She doesn’t have to inhabit the masculine sphere to find her own voice. We often shut up because we think that the topic is too ‘feminine’ and struck with stigma, perceived as less serious… like motherhood. But this experience is as much about the mind as it is about the body. It's intensely carnal and intellectual. This is a very concrete period of your life where your whole body is mobilized. You learn to navigate between moments of perfect communion and violent diffractions. There are times where I still struggle. To become a mother is to go through a series of shocks that consumes your entire life. Breastfeeding, for example, is a great mobilization of both the mind and the body. The gesture itself is hard, but so is the constant responsibility of feeding a child."