Mothers in South Africa, we understand that the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) represents a time of great uncertainty. Many of us are anxious – for our children, our families, for ourselves and for our future. As we continue the work of mothering, in physical distance from our communities of support, we need to remind each other that we are not alone.
As a response we have teamed up with other organisations that work closely with mothers, have resources and have experience in supporting mothers to form the Messages for Mothers (M4M) alliance. The groups that are involved are Embrace, the Perinatal Mental Health Project, Grow Great and Side by Side.
Watch the Messages for Mothers video introduction here
Read all COVID-19 mental health messages for pregnant and postnatal women here
Read the COVID-19 physical health messages for pregnant and postnatal women here
Mothers in South Africa have questions and we will fill this gap by providing answers and support for their unique needs. Together we started the M4M platform, where we will provide content that is credible, sensitive, relevant and packaged in a way that makes it accessible to mothers all over South Africa.
Here are some useful numbers to call, if you need help.
Remember – this is a busy time for many help centres. You may need to keep holding, or try a number a few times.
You may need to try different numbers. Do not give up.