In El Salvador, where I was born, there is a saying that ‘Every baby comes with a loaf of bread under their arm’.
… and these are our real stories, where despair is turned to hope
Desperation is turned into possibility
And fear into love
So whether you feel too young to be a mum,
feel that the timing is wrong,
are unsure how you will support yourself and a baby,
feel that a baby would interfere with your plans,
don’t have a reliable partner or family,
are pregnant with a baby that has medical problems,
have problems with your own health,
or for whatever reason are thinking ‘I can’t do this!’
… it may help to know that we have been there,
have persevered, and have come out happy on the other side.
… because we are here, giving each other the hope, courage and respect that we need as women and mothers to persevere. We are witnesses to the fact that going through the difficulties was in every way worth it. That every day it’s worth it! And there are no regrets, only a deep, real, and lasting gratitude.
Going through feelings of doubt and fear when carrying another human being is heart-wrenching. But we can lighten the load for each other by sharing our experiences. It may just make all the difference to another mother and her baby.