Keeping it Real, For All of Us

Elena Jenkin

Often on social media, we capture the beautiful stuff – maybe because we want to remember the beautiful stuff or we are trying to maintain a positive outlook. Maybe, because there is so much crappy stuff on in the world that we need space to look at nice stuff and happy faces as an escape from the misery. However maybe sometimes it’s healthy to discuss and share the reality of our lives as that might just make others feel better too, reassuring them that they are normal, that it is natural to have ups and downs in life.

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Motherhood Matters

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On Saturday, Motherhood Unmasked was privileged to exhibit at the APS Women in Psychology “Motherhood Matters” conference.

It was a great opportunity to share the Motherhood Unmasked journey with wonderful women who care deeply about the wellbeing and experiences of mothers.

A big thanks to our Motherhood Unmasked mums who contributed their art and reflections for this event! Your courage, honesty and creativity are an inspiration.


A Letter to the Midnight Mums by Anna

The following is a piece created by one of our Motherhood Unmasked mums, Anna.

Title: “You Are Not Alone”

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

This piece is inspired by a letter I wrote to “midnight mothers” – mothers awake during the still of night, feeding, settling and caring for their babies. As a new mum, I dreaded the night time. It was dark and quiet and lonely. At night I often had feelings of hopelessness, all alone with only my thoughts and my new baby for company.

The letter I wrote is one of encouragement and reassurance. The phrase “you are not alone” came from a conversation I had recently with a new mum.  She told me that while she sits alone during the night feeding her baby she pictures all of the  mothers in the streets around her, doing the same thing. This beautiful image gave me great comfort and inspired me to write my letter and create this piece.


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