EMBRACE – Mother’s Day Connect
Every mother should be supported and celebrated.
Join the women of South Africa as we celebrate new moms in maternity wards this Mother’s Day! On Sunday, 13 May 2018, Mother’s Day Connect will be taking place for the third year running. With the support of women from around the country, we hope to bring this special sisterhood celebration to at least 9 cities this year!
We, the women of South Africa, believe that the rite of childbirth should be celebrated and supported. It is not only the birth of a child, but also the birth of a mother. We believe that no mother should feel lonely or scared or powerless and that we, as fellow women, have a role to play in rebuilding the vital connections every mother needs to flourish in her motherhood journey.
Embrace, a Non – Profit, mother-led, mother-supporting national movement bringing back the power of the sisterhood and the strength of the village to women in pregnancy and the early years of motherhood has initiated a nationwide visit to Maternity Clinics, hospitals and MOUs (Midwife Obstetric Units).
Last year, Mother’s Day Connect grew tremendously. Together they visited 27 hospitals and Midwife and Obstetric Units in 6 cities around the country and led teams of over 400 caring women to celebrate 1530 mothers and their brand new babies.
Mother’s Day Connect is more than a project. It is a declaration. We, the women of South Africa, believe that the right of childbirth should be celebrated and supported. We believe that no mother should feel lonely or scared or isolated and that we, as fellow women, have a role to play in rebuilding the vital connections every mother needs to flourish in her motherhood journey.
“How Mother’s Day Connect works:
Women nominate their nearest maternity unit/birth facility for inclusion in Mother’s Day Connect
We help them gain necessary permissions for a visit (it’s not difficult and we help every step of the way!).
We create a team profile (a ‘mini event’ for each team visit) on our website with a certain number of open spots for other women to join in.
Other women sign up to join the team. Together, they prepare for their visit.
Every team visits their maternity unit for one hour during the course of Mother’s Day, celebrating all the new mothers and the nursing staff.
To find out if your nearest maternity unit is already on our radar, sign up here and you’ll be directed to see our growing list of approved visiting sites. If you don’t see your hospital or city on the list, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and we’ll help you get started!
Ways to support Mother’s Day Connect:
- Nominate a new hospital and start a team
- Join a team for a one-hour visit
To join a team, follow this link to sign up for Mothers Day Connect 2018. You’ll then be directed to a booking page where you can reserve your spot in an MDC team.
3. Donate items for teams to gift the new moms and nursing staff
What to donate:
For the Nursing Staff
Spread the news! Share Mother’s Day Connect with your community.”
This year it is my pleasure to say that I will be joining Mothers Day Connect as we Visit Dora Nginza Hospital, Port Elizabeth, led by Bianca Eke! We still have many spots open on our team. Please share this post with as many people as you can and Sign up to join the team!