There’s nothing as strong and unconditional as a mother’s love. Moms are selfless caregivers, protectors, providers, mentors, best friends, and so much more. Each year, as the world around us blooms with color and our hearts are full of renewed hope and appreciation, we celebrate Mother’s Day–a special occasion to honor mothers and motherhood.
Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day in the U.S., started the tradition by organizing a small service in honor of her deceased mother. The first gathering took place on the second Sunday in May 1907. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared this special day of recognition a national holiday.
The Mother’s Day origins story is especially meaningful to us at The Women’s Center knowing that Anna’s mother was an active supporter of her community, organizing groups to improve health and infant mortality rates.
At The Women’s Center, we also recognize the importance of women’s groups to promote friendship and mental well-being that support mothers. During this past year, we have had many conversations with health professionals about various challenges women face.
Claire, a mother of two, lost her mother this past year. Unable to travel due to the lockdown, her grief was compounded by both guilt and isolation. She balanced the responsibilities of caring for her family, working full time, and overseeing her children’s virtual learning. With no contact from her regular social support groups, her grief has been overwhelming.
Another mother, Alicia suffered from both anxiety and depression after giving birth to her daughter. Her postpartum depression was tough to deal with, especially given how much she had looked forward to becoming a mother. Afraid to leave her home and risk the health of both herself and her newborn, she felt extremely isolated.
Dealing with these types of challenges alone can prolong the feelings of guilt, depression, anxiety and sense of isolation. It’s a tremendous burden for a woman to carry alone. With the support of therapists, The Women’s Center can address these types of issues, including trauma and loss. If you know someone that may be experiencing these challenges, encourage them to reach out to The Women’s Center for support. We are here to help.
The Women’s Center, like the mother of Anna Jarvis, supports women in one’s community. You can follow in her footsteps by making a donation to honor your mother and other special women in your life.