Amidst all the tough, strange and downright horrible aspects of terrible 2020, we've all seen one reliable bit of normality.
Babies just kept being born.
Lockdowns across Melbourne meant for the first time in 11 years, The Babes Project had to close our physical doors to vulnerable pregnant women and new mums.
But like the babies, we didn’t stop.
And after nearly nine months of delivering remote perinatal support to vulnerable women and their bubs, we're finally welcoming them back into our centres, and supporting them to recover from lockdown experiences that left them more isolated, traumatised and at-risk.
Now, post-pandemic and into the future, we need to keep the doors open.
And to do it, we need your support for 1 Million for Mums.Read more
Motherhood makes women more vulnerable.
It’s not something we want to acknowledge – as women, or as a society.
But it's true.
Women are more likely to face domestic violence when pregnant. One in five women experience perinatal depression. Primary caring can reduce earning capacity, and therefore independence. And in violent or abusive situations, children are too often turned hostages to make a woman stay.
At Babes, we've seen all those situations - and so many more - undermine a new mother's confidence, her security, and her ability to grow connection with her newborn.
But we've also seen how pregnant women and new mothers, rise from the toughest situations, and thrive in their motherhood.
They just need support at that most crucial, and most vulnerable time. And record numbers of women are reaching out for it.
But without The Babes Project - where would they turn?
With your help to raise $1 million, Babes is determined to let them know we'll always be here for them.Read more