On this, the last day of our Save Babes Frankston campaign, one of our woman tells her story. Hear from Cassie how vital The Babes Project was to her journey into motherhood.
For Cassie, pregnancy meant feelings of guilt, and a lack of support from those closest to her.
“Her dad didn’t want me to have her. I was feeling a lot of guilt and I knew I wouldn’t have any support, and I don’t have any family around me. And I’d suffered a lot of depression and other things throughout my life so I was just freaking out.”
But, with The Babes Project, parenting brought her the greatest joys.
“She’s changed my life. I’m the happiest I’ve ever ever ever been.”
Cassie says it is not easy; “not at all, but I just relish in it and this place helped me so much.”
“Once I had her, having a community to come to... I don’t know how I would have managed without it. It helped me feel normal and it helped me feel like I was doing things right.”
Her family lives interstate, so in The Babes Project, “I had my village to go to and say ‘Is this right’ or ‘Is that right?’”
It’s not like other services. “It’s the family vibe, I was just welcomed in and that made me want to come every week”, Cassie said.
Even on Christmas, Babes was there. “I got a Christmas gift which was amazing. It was so lovely. I saved it for Christmas day… because I didn’t have any family Christmas presents and it was something exciting for me to open on the day.”
Cassie speaks of a bright future with her daughter Charlie.
“I’m so excited by life now. I wasn’t before I got pregnant, I wasn’t excited by life. I couldn’t see why I was here, and now every day she makes me want to live as long as I can, and as well as I can. It’s exciting.”
Babes is here for the women who have no-one else.
Be here for them too, by helping us Save Babes Frankston.
All images by Miranda Mayle Photography.