What makes a mama a true goddess? In my humble opinion a mama is not a goddess because she was able to have an all natural unmedicated birth. And, a mama is not a goddess just because she breastfeeds her baby. While these are wonderful, healthy choices they are just that... "choices".
I believe a mama is a true goddess when she makes informed choices relating to her body, her birth and her baby and when her choices are supported by science, psychology, medicine, (both eastern & western), instinct and love. I believe a mama is a true goddess when she accepts, (without self-judgement, self-recrimination or feelings of inadequacy or shame), her own body and birth when things don't go as planned. And, above all, a mama is a true goddess when she respects and supports other mamas whose choices differ from her own
At the end of the day the objective is to bring a healthy new soul into the world. Giving birth is simply the first step into the very sacred sisterhood of motherhood. Almost daily a mother will find herself confronted with situations when she may be tempted to judge and shame herself or another mother. Social media, replete with images of mamas that look like they’ve just stepped off the red carpet while breastfeeding a newborn, can quickly become a trigger for guilt, criticism and shame. This motherhood stuff is tough enough! Mamas must strip away the internal and external judgement and respect & support one another.
Let's lift each other up through education, compassion and respect. As that old African proverb goes...It take a village to raise a child. Let's create a village of true mama goddesses and happy and healthy children.
From my heart to yours,