Becoming a mother

The birth of a child is an event like no other. Holding your baby in your arms for the first time can be a deeply moving experience.

Becoming a mother can bring great joy, but also new feelings. It’s an experience that comes with many questions and new responsibilities. For some, all these changes can be unsettling. Every mother experiences maternity in her own way, depending on her situation.

You will gradually learn to be a mother as you gain experience with your baby. You too will grow and change as a parent. For some people, this process may reveal new facets of themselves. You will discover your strengths and find your own way of doing things.

Information that gives comfort, confidenceThe cuddles, smiles, and special moments you share with your baby can help you through the tired times and tough days.

With a baby, your days are very busy, and often tiring at first. Many new mothers are surprised by how much there is to do. Time seems to fly by for some, and go very slowly for others.

Enjoy the time you spend with your baby. Children live very much in the present. Follow their example and savour each moment fully.

Some mothers may feel depressed for a while after their baby is born (see Baby blues and Depression). If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to seek help right away.