18 Feb ‘We manage, but we’re damaged’ – my piece on becoming a motherless mother
Last year, when I was around 4 months pregnant, the ABC’s Radio National commissioned me to make a personal radio documentary exploring what it’s like to become a mother when your own mother isn’t around.
It’s always great when you get to make a programme about something you know you’d be thinking about a lot anyway, although this one was gruelling at times, and there were days when I wondered if I would be better off spending my time doing antenatal classes and hypnobirthing…All through the rest of my pregnancy I was speaking to other women who had already been through what I was about to go through, and then I picked up the recorder again when my son was born, to reflect on what the first days of motherless motherhood had actually been like.
The piece is here. Hope you enjoy it; let me know what you think. There’s also an article that accompanies the piece here.