'Welcome to The Motherhood, my dear.'
After her son was born, Jamila Rizvi felt isolated, exhausted and confused. While desperately in love with her new baby, the world she'd known had disappeared overnight and so had her sense of self.
Jamila's salvation came in the form of a letter. A dear friend, Clare Bowditch - who had been there herself - wrote to tell Jamila she would get through this. Her comforting words reassured Jamila that she was seen, that she was supported and that she was not alone.
Now Jamila wants to pay it forward to the next generation of new mothers. The Motherhood is a collection of letters from some of Australia's favourite women, sharing what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn. Coming from writers with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, no two stories are alike - but all are generous, compassionate and deeply honest.
As the old adage goes, 'It takes a village to raise a child' - and it also takes a village to properly support a new mother. Here is your village. These sisters (with babes) in arms are here to share the joy, the fear, the love, the laughter, the tears and the frustration, and to hold your hand in the dark.
Together, they will give you the strength and courage to find your feet as a new mum.
'All new mothers need to read this book . . . Bravo to these women who have bravely put themselves out there in the hope that their stories will help new mothers find the strength to push on through.' Bookseller+Publisher
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Expectant and new parents, swaddle yourself in these voices and take comfort. Over 30 notable Australians have composed letters to their former selves about the confusing, emotionally charged experiences of new motherhood. Collectively, they demystify topics like nursing, postnatal depression and the return to work. The warm, conversational tone makes Jamila Rizvi’s anthology collection valuable for any expectant or fledgling parents looking for guidance, reassurance and connection.
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Great read for all new Mums and mums to be