The Myth of Motherhood


These resources are now owned and operated by Child Health BC who is making them freely available to parents, caregivers, families and anyone supporting healthy child development in the early years.

Social Pressure Can Have a Negative Impact on a New Mother

There is a myth in our society that all mothers must feel joyous towards their infants at all times. In reality, some mothers may feel guilty about their sadness, harshly judge themselves and their parenting skills and engaging in negative self-talk.

It’s Not Possible to be a Perfect Parent

Feeling sad from time to time, or wanting a break from being with your baby is normal. Friends and family members can help the mother through empathy, understanding and support, and by avoiding criticism, judgment or comparisons with other parents. This is especially true for women dealing with postpartum depression. Contact your health professional if you experience anxiety or depression. Early treatment leads to positive results.

Dr. Michal Regev, Dr. Enid Elliot