In mamabare’s Labor of Love series, women share their stories of pregnancy, loss, labor and motherhood – in a variety of forms. We are repeatedly reminded that parenting is truly a labor – no matter how we come about it. Birthed out of love, whether biologically, through loss or pain, by fostering or adoption, our journeys to and through motherhood are so exceptionally unique in their own ways yet entirely universal.
Here, Geneviève shares her experience of becoming a mother for the first time more than 8 years ago. A challenging pregnancy and disappointing labor triggered the onset of a postpartum mood disorder (PPMD). Without any family history of bipolar disorders, Geneviève and her family were caught off guard but rallied to seek support. Becoming a mother changed her life in more ways than one. Welcome, Geneviève! Thank you for sharing your unique journey with us.