Dr Eve gives a traditional definition of a mother as “a woman in relation to a child or children, to whom she has given birth”
But she says the meaning and duties of being a mother have changed dramatically over the years.
Modern mothers are not women; modern mothers do not always give birth to children. They get surrogates to bear them and grow them and they call themselves mothers.— Dr Eve, clinical sexologist
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She further says that many people who do not fall under the traditional description of mothers call themselves mothers.
The modern mother gets married and has children at a much older age. These are women who are deliberately, strategically planning to give birth much later in life, even in their late 30’s and 40’s— Dr Eve, clinical sexologist
She is educated and single by choice— Dr Eve, clinical sexologist
Her actual gender and sexual orientation is absolutely irrelevant to her being a mother— Dr Eve, clinical sexologist
There are various kinds of mothers today and they face unique kind of challenges as a result of not falling in the traditional box of what a mother should be— Dr Eve, clinical sexologist
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