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Emma Heaphy

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Ten steps ahead

‘A mother is always ten steps ahead. Her mind is planning, hoping, thinking.’ A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Like magic

“We don’t know how you do it, but you do. You make everything happen. It’s like magic. YOU are magic.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Memories for a lifetime

“So here’s a reminder to myself, and anyone else that needs to hear it: Take the photos.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Mother mindset

“So much of my mothering is in my mindset…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Worth it

“Over and over. Day after day. Night after night. I do it for them.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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The thing I needed

“They are needing more from me, and I can’t always find it.This is pregnancy with younger children.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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A very real need

“So to meet those needs, I need to make time. But time isn’t always easy to find.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

First trimester

A lifetime of carrying you

“Nine months is a long time… But I am creating you. That’s not something that can be rushed.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

First trimester

A journey of growth

“Being pregnant. It’s a beautiful privilege. But it’s not always easy.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of Dear Motherhood.

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Same here

“Often when I tell another mother about a hard moment, a hard day, a hard week, I hear “same here”.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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If it weren’t for you

“If it weren’t for you, there may not be the start. The middle would be harder. And much would end.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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A battlefield of challenges

“Mama, I know the world is heavy right now. It has been for some time.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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The little things

“For them it’s the hugs and kisses at night, not the new outfit.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Mother born

“These changes have been the making of me. A new me. The mother born into me.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of Dear Motherhood.

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Reality check

“What matters will never really be complete either, because I will never be finished loving them.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Heavy eyes, full heart

“This is for the mother still awake at night. Heavy eyes, full heart.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Making it easier

“I hope this makes it easier. That’s why I’m telling you. We are in this together.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Peeling back the layers

“We need to love ourselves through our mothering with much less guilt and shame, including our own inevitable imperfect moments.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Above all else

“So as mothers we may do things different, but we all have on thing in common: we all love our children endlessly…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Growing through play

“It’s play for them. It’s growth for me. It’s learning for us both.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Dear Motherhood

“Dear Motherhood, answer me this. Sincerely, a mother on behalf of a collective of mothers.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’

Motherhood & identity

Born

“Through all the tired, through all the years filled with moments of hard, you will never forget this moment of meeting.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Makers of magic

“There has been a lot going on this year. We have parented through some incredibly difficult times.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Their calm in their storm

“This is for the toddler mothers. Those stuck in storms, forever trying to steer the ship into calmer waters.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of “Dear Motherhood”

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Focus shift

“But then comes a shift. When she births her beautiful baby into the world, suddenly she’s not the focus.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of “Dear Motherhood”.

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The sum of all

“You are doing so much. You are more than enough. You are the sum of all.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of “Dear Motherhood”.

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Versions of motherhood

“…that’s where the love is. Not in the perfect or consistent. But in the trying.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of “Dear Motherhood”.

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Labour for love

“It’s labour, for love. Because it’s the sort of love that money can’t buy.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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The cost of kindness

“Be kind to her. Always. Because kindness costs nothing. But it can change everything.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Their perfect fit

“You are the perfect piece in their puzzle. And so often as mothers we can forget this.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Knowing more doesn’t mean needing less

“Know that support is needed at every stage. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Present moments, future memories

“Take yourself into the future. Twenty or so years from now.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Lifeline

“It can be so easy to forget your strength as a mother.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Silent support

“Motherhood can be so loud at the best of times, but comments like this need to be silenced” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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We don’t tell you enough

A beautiful short piece honoring dads for Father’s Day. Written by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Questions not answers

“What would your motherhood look like if you listened to your heart more and other’s voices less?” A poem by Emma Heaphy.

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The Lockdown Mother

“One day future mothers who see, hear, or read about this time will see just how amazing you are.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Moments in motherhood

“It’s you and them in this season together, trying to make the most of every single moment.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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A team

“You are there for them always…they are there for you too…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Can I just say?

“Pregnant Mama, Can I just say how amazing you are? It can be easy to forget that. But you are.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Sisterhood of mothers

“Here’s to the women… We all know them. And we all have no idea what we would do without them.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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The us for them

“…together, we are building a love stronger than before through them.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

New Mama

“…Go easy on yourself… What you are doing is hard. But you don’t have to be hard on yourself.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

An older new

“She catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror… And she sees someone so new.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Two sides to every Mother

“Mama, it’s ok if you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. None of us do most of the time…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Sorry, I didn’t see you

“To the mothers I judged before I became a mum, I’m sorry. I thought I knew…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Pregnancy loss

More than one

“Miscarriage is still taboo. It shouldn’t be. But it is….I am one in four.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Then and now

“I miss her some days. The old Her. The her of long conversations, heels and hot coffee.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.