These days mothers are expected to do it all – be tireless and always available nurturers, and successful breadwinners, and above all remain beautiful and sexually attractive before, during and after giving birth.
And we want to do it all. We want to satisfy all the demands and expectations related to mothering that we see, hear and read on social media, in print, on the radio, in movies and on television.
But the statistics reveal a troubling reality. We can’t actually be everything we are told we must be. And the demands of trying to be perfect are leading mothers into deadly territory.
The number of women losing their lives to prescription drugs rose 400 percent between 1999 and 2010 - Harvard Health Publications
The rate of alcohol-related deaths for women ages 35 to 54 has more than doubled since 1999, accounting for 8 per cent of deaths in this age group in 2015. – The Washington Post
Experts believe possibly 20 per cent of women, are manic, compulsive shoppers. Most shopaholics are seriously in debt, and the condition has led to family break-ups, depression, homelessness and even suicide – The Observer
Based on anonymous interviews with diverse mothers from across Canada “What Mommy Needs” is a collection of composite monologues that explores the reality behind the perfect mother illusion and articulates the ways we survive.
Interested in participating? I’m currently doing interviews in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Please contact me if you’re interested in being interviewed. The interviews are private and any information used in the composite monologues will remain anonymous.