New Form of Motherhood

Is motherhood strictly for biological mothers? Christina Middlebrook candidly shares her journey of infertility and how new ways of mothering can fulfill purpose and calling in different ways.

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Antoinette Villarreal March 18, 2016 at 1:44am

This is a beautiful discussion & such a needed ministry/support group. As I've helped my husband raise my 3 stepchildren for ten years, I've been left out of events or conversations because "I'll understand and/or be able to contribute when I have my own," As women who raise our nonbiological children, we have CHOSEN to LOVE, CARE, & GUIDE our children to the Kingdom. To me, Motherhood is what you put into the relationship with a child not just what your body gave. I pray that as mothers we can all unite instead of place each other into categories. We too have experienced the trials & tribulations of raising children. therefore, in my book, My character is...MOM. Thanks again.

Megan February 10, 2015 at 11:21pm

Thank you so much for giving a voice to this! As a woman who has walked through infertility I know the pain, the questions of wondering where you fit, but also the fulfillment & healing that the Lord can bring to your heart when He shows you what else He's "birthing" in you.

TM February 10, 2015 at 12:56am

Thank you for shedding light on this area! This is a journey that I have walked thru which was deeply painful on a very personal (and spiritual) level but also due to the more tangible reasons mentioned in the video. Choices to participate in things are very limited depending on if u have/don't have children and also the assumption that if you don't, your time is less valuable. My sister has always been such a blessing to me on Mother's Day by affirming the importance of my role in her daughters' lives which is typically a day that I feel the greatest pain, especially at church... Thank you, Propel!

Lauren February 9, 2015 at 1:26pm

Oh this is so great! It is SUCH a needed community! Currently living a life dealing with infertility, it truly is hard finding your place of community within the church.

Rachel February 9, 2015 at 6:57am

Thank you!! I needed to hear this. Looking forward to more on this topic.

Johanna February 9, 2015 at 2:44am

I also have been a mother although I don't have biological children. I have raised several generations by working in a daycare centre for nearly 15 years. Living in the Netherlands I've seen the change in society and the effect that had on the children. I am so thankful that I could make a difference in their lives! I've met so much brokenness in that period of my life. This work has been my calling. Recently He gave me another task but I'll always be passionated about children. Keep doing the good work and let love be your motivation!

Cristi February 9, 2015 at 12:31am

Great perspective. Could you share more about her background and involvement with all those children?

Marie February 8, 2015 at 5:54pm

I know a friend who also struggles with not being able to have children yet and is a full-time step mom to a daughter. What kind of advice could you give me, to relay to her, about making a connection with her step daughter when the step daughter seems unwilling of wanting that relationship with her?

Ligia February 8, 2015 at 12:36am

I am so thankful to God for my infertility. Because of it I was able to not only serve adoptive families professionally, but become an adoptive mother as well. My life is not my own but the lessons infertility and adoption have taught me is that God is my only provider. He saw my need and gave me the greatest gift. Through that gift we can love our son and his birth family.

yanuri stevens February 4, 2015 at 8:04am

I cannot wait to hear more on this. As a women who has struggled with infertility and the feeling of motherhood this hits home. I am excited to learn more about this and what this all means for me. Thank you Propel women..