To many, the image of a pregnant woman symbolizes not only motherhood but also, the desire for motherhood. And really: what’s more joyful than a photo of a newborn or one of a woman gently caressing her pregnant belly? Yet, what image might be more frightening to a woman who is facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy? Or more heartbreaking to a woman who miscarries or to another who hopes to have a child but cannot conceive?
That’s the challenge when an image becomes a symbol, isn’t it? When we connect it with an emotion, we turn it—both literally and figuratively—into an icon, an emblem, and even a creed. We forget that it can elicit an emotion in another that’s different from our own.
I’m grateful our founding editors designated a specific month to recognize the multitude of emotions associated with the desire to have children as well as those intertwined with the desire not to. We’re on the lookout year-round for essays, stories, writers, and books that bring unique insights to the conversation and, as in years past, the pieces in this issue do not disappoint. We feature the sad as well as the happy, the surprise as well as the hoped-for, and the doubts as well as the delight.
I hope you’ll find yourself in the pages of this issue and in the archives of our past Octobers.
Welcome to this year’s selections of Desiring Motherhood.
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The Sound of a Calling: The Whisper Before the Calling by Julianne Palumbo
Transformation: Car Talk by Katrin Grace
Five Weeks by Rebekah Rempel
Polemic by Kelly Morse
if i have a daughter who is anything like me by Leta Rebecca Cunningham
To Mis-Carry by Elizabeth Callahan Steiner
Congratulations! by Lorna Rose
36 Weeks by Genevra MacPhail
A Review of Lilli de Jong by Jamie Sumner
Photos by Anne Hurlbut, Katie Knake, Rudri Bhatt Patel, Gayla Ross, and Heather Vrattos