Trying to avoid pregnancy and trying to navigate the system to end an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy is beyond anxiety-provoking—it is a mental health crisis. When abortion, birth control and sex education are stigmatized, they live in the shadows, and this becomes a source of even more psychological pain.Team Ovry | Wed, May 11, 22
Our culture places undue pressure on women to become mothers, regardless of whether that is part of their plan. This often leaves those who have children, whether they desired to become mothers or not, burdened with the expectation that they execute family life flawlessly. We look at the intersection of motherhood and mental health through the lens of the film The Lost Daughter, alongside anecdotal stories from mothers in our own community.
Research suggests women actually grow happier as they age, but there are undoubtedly struggles we face as we get older that are relegated to the shadows, making our journeys more difficult. We are often taught to suffer in silence, to preserve the façade that everything is okay, to the detriment of our physical and mental health.