Motherhood

Motherhood

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Featured content

Black Ballad

Mums Get Honest About The Support They Need In Motherhood

Friday 3 December 2021 1:30 PM

Solape Alatise

Why Are West African Women Giving Their Children Hebrew Names?

Wednesday 22 September 2021 7:00 AM

Black British mothers are five times more likely to die in childbirth than their white counterpoints.

This figure is shocking and important, but it is not the full picture.

Like the rest of our lives, motherhood for Black British women is nuanced and beautiful, challenging and complex, and the stories told about it should reflect that.

In early 2020, we launched a survey to collect data on motherhood from Black British women, as the specifics of our experiences are not just missing from the narratives, they are missing from the data, and over 2,000 women took part!

#BBMotherhood2020 is an editorial stream directly influenced by the findings from this survey, and the conversation is still ongoing.

Use #BBMotherhood2020 to join in the conversation on Twitter.

Featured content

Annalisa Toccara

Four Black Women Talk Honestly About The Joys & Challenges Of Adoption

Friday 10 September 2021 7:00 AM

Arese Sylvester

Addressing The Social Stigma Of Post Natal Depression In Nigeria

Tuesday 20 July 2021 7:00 AM

Tola Okogwu

Author Florence Ọlájídé On Culture Clashes & Growing Up

Thursday 15 July 2021 7:00 AM

Genéa Saunders

Why & How I Decided To Donate My Eggs As A Black British Woman

Monday 10 May 2021 12:30 PM

Sarah Olowofoyeku

Dating And Family Planning As A Sickle Cell Trait Carrier

Monday 12 April 2021 10:30 AM

Tobi Oredein

Founder's Letter: How Running Has Given Me A Sense of Purpose

Sunday 28 March 2021 10:00 PM

Tobi Oredein

Founder's Letter: There Are No Medals For Being Tired

Sunday 21 March 2021 11:00 PM

Kaeshelle Rianne

We Must Acknowledge All Mothers On Mother's Day

Sunday 14 March 2021 7:00 AM

Jendella Benson

We Need An Honest Conversation About Black Families & Boundaries

Tuesday 2 March 2021 7:00 AM

Ibianga Evans

Confronting My Childhood And Righting My Parents' Wrongs

Friday 26 February 2021 7:00 AM

Mel Green

How Mums-To-Be Can Protect Their Mental Health During Covid

Saturday 20 February 2021 7:00 AM

Tobi Oredein

Founder's Letter: Love Lessons I've Learned in Lockdown

Sunday 14 February 2021 9:45 PM

Jendella Benson

How To Make Better Black Men

Friday 12 February 2021 7:00 AM

Jill Lupupa

How Midwives Are Staying Safe & Dedicated During Covid-19

Saturday 6 February 2021 7:00 AM

Isaura Barbé-Brown

I Decided To Freeze My Eggs: Here's What Happened Step-By-Step

Wednesday 20 January 2021 7:00 AM

Lorna Phillip

The Affirming Birth Activism From West Midlands Doulas

Friday 27 November 2020 7:00 AM

Hannah Asikhia

How This New Mum Found A New Meaning To Self-Care During Lockdown

Tuesday 27 October 2020 7:00 AM

Jendella Benson

Ify Adenuga On Happiness, Nigerian Culture & Her Children's Success

Thursday 8 October 2020 12:30 PM

Renée Jacobs

Belonging in Bath: Our Two Years of Mixed Heritage Adoption

Thursday 8 October 2020 7:00 AM

Jasmine Richards

Examining My Priorities & Leaving the Cotswolds

Tuesday 6 October 2020 7:00 AM

Karen-Grace Siriboe

How Black Student Midwives Showed Up For Mothers During The Pandemic

Friday 28 August 2020 12:00 PM

N K Aroni

Making Sense Of My "Mother Wound"

Wednesday 26 August 2020 7:00 AM

Dionne Anderson

Navigating White Fragility In My Interracial Family

Thursday 20 August 2020 7:00 AM

Jendella Benson

Editor's Letter: Why Black Ballad Are Taking Over HuffPost UK

Monday 10 August 2020 7:00 AM

Miranda Armstrong

The Imaginary Problem Of Single Black Mothers And Their Sons

Tuesday 14 July 2020 7:00 AM

Rochelle Rodney

What I Learned Single-Parenting Through Lockdown

Tuesday 23 June 2020 7:00 AM

Pamela Djima

What It's Like Raising Third Culture Kids In China

Tuesday 9 June 2020 7:00 AM

Marjorie Morgan

Why Fertility Is Still A Taboo Topic In Many Black Communities

Tuesday 2 June 2020 7:00 AM

Camomile Shumba

Life After A Miscarriage And Two Ectopic Pregnancies

Tuesday 19 May 2020 7:00 AM

Tola Okogwu

My Child Is Not Overweight – She's Black!

Tuesday 12 May 2020 7:00 AM

Priscilla Appeaning

Why More Black Women Should Prepare Themselves To Become Step-Mums

Tuesday 28 April 2020 7:00 AM

Rochelle Rodney

The Reality Of Dating As A Single Mother

Monday 20 April 2020 8:00 AM

Susan Kamau

Why I Chose To Have A Baby With A Sperm Donor

Monday 20 April 2020 7:00 AM

Tobi Oredein

Editor's Letter: Why I Am Stepping Back From Black Ballad

Sunday 19 April 2020 9:15 PM

Pam Kosminsky

The Double Discrimination Facing Black Children With Autism

Friday 20 December 2019 7:00 AM

Nehanda Truscott-Reid

Why Self Care Is Vital For Black British Mothers And Their Children

Wednesday 18 December 2019 7:00 AM

Anna Wughanga Olila

How Black British Women Were A Lifeline For A Newly Emigrated Mum

Friday 22 November 2019 7:00 AM

Iyetomi Adenekan

Lessons And Reflections From A First Generation Mum

Friday 6 September 2019 7:00 AM

Lynette Lisk

Raising Black Children In Boris Johnson's Britain

Tuesday 20 August 2019 7:00 AM

Shireen Antonia

How To Survive Becoming A Single Parent

Tuesday 23 July 2019 7:00 AM

Jendella Benson

Is It Actually Possible To Love Your Post-Pregnancy Body?

Tuesday 9 July 2019 7:00 AM

Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou

How I'm Helping My Mother Overcome Internalised Misogyny

Friday 24 May 2019 6:00 PM

Black Ballad

What It Is Like To Be Homeless With A Newborn Baby?

Thursday 11 April 2019 7:00 AM

Elizabeth Ayoola

What Miscarriage Taught Me About Womanhood

Thursday 7 March 2019 7:00 AM

Paula Corbin

How I'm Settling Into My Blackness At 40

Thursday 7 February 2019 7:00 AM

Jacqueline Courtenay

Why My Kids Won’t Be Calling My Friends “Aunty” or “Uncle”

Saturday 12 January 2019 8:00 AM

Mel Green

Why I Intend To Home-Educate My Son

Tuesday 8 January 2019 7:00 AM

Jendella Benson

Why I'm Looking Forward To Putting My Career On Pause

Thursday 20 December 2018 7:00 AM

Sylvia Coitir

Negotiating The Difference Between Being Child-Less and Child-Free

Friday 14 December 2018 7:00 AM

Wedaeli Chibelushi

This Woman's Work: 1Xtra Presenter Sian Anderson

Thursday 15 November 2018 7:00 AM

Elizabeth Ayoola

What Running Away At 15 Taught Me About Parenting 

Tuesday 23 October 2018 7:00 AM

Tobi Adunni

Why I Will Be Giving My Children Nigerian First Names

Wednesday 10 October 2018 7:00 AM

Louisa Adjoa Parker

Managing Motherhood And My Mental Health Problems

Wednesday 3 October 2018 7:00 AM

Beverley Rachel

People Judge Me For Not Wanting My Own Children

Monday 24 September 2018 7:00 AM

Jendella Benson

How Motherhood Is Making Me Think Differently About Masculinity

Tuesday 11 September 2018 7:00 AM

Chantelle Lewis

How I Make My Stepfamily Work

Thursday 5 July 2018 7:00 AM

Naida Redgrave

My Daughter Can’t Wait To Start School & I'm Terrified

Thursday 14 June 2018 1:30 PM

Jendella Benson

Beyoncé Will Never Be My Motherhood Goals

Tuesday 17 April 2018 8:00 AM

Elizabeth Ayoola

The Things They Don't Tell You About Childbirth

Monday 5 March 2018 7:30 AM

Louisa Adjoa Parker

Ava Vidal Talks Motherhood, Mock The Week & Making A Difference

Thursday 5 October 2017 9:29 PM

Louisa Adjoa Parker

Black Mum, White Daughter

Wednesday 2 August 2017 1:00 PM

Mel Green

Gentrification And The Rise Of The White Yummy Mummy

Friday 23 June 2017 8:00 AM

Jendella Benson

Conflict, Clichés and Co-Dependency in Motherhood

Saturday 5 March 2016 9:14 AM

Jendella Benson

Staying Calm, Fly & Capable In Motherhood

Wednesday 2 December 2015 6:35 AM

Jendella Benson

The Impending Doom Of Motherhood... By A First Time Mum

Monday 13 July 2015 7:00 AM