by Jamila Rizvi
Editor: Penguin Books Australia
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“Welcome to Maternity, my dearAfter her son was born, Jamila Rizvi felt isolated, exhausted and confusedThen desperately in love with her new baby, the world she had known had disappeared during the night and therefore had her sense of selfJamila is salvation came in the form of a letterA very dear friend, Clare Bowditch – who had been there for her – even – wrote to say Jamila she was going to get by.Her comforting words reassured Jamila that she had seen him, that she had been taken care of and that she was not aloneNow Jamila wants to impatiently pay the next generation of new mothersThe Maternity is a collection of Australia’s favorite women’s letters, sharing what they wish they had known about living with a newborn babyComing from writers with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, no two stories are alike, but all are generous, compassionate and deeply honestAs the old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child” – and it also takes a village to adequately support a new motherHere is your villageThese sisters (with babes) in arms are here to share joy, fear, love, laughter, tears and frustration, and hold your hand in darknessTogether they will give you the strength and courage to find your feet like a new mother.”All new moms need to read this bookCongratulations to these women who courageously put themselves in the hope that their story of helping new mothers find the strength to push throughBookseller+Publisher
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