When her little one was born Ayanda* was living with her parents and siblings who were on hand to help. They all pitched in and taught her how to bath, feed and generally take care of her little one. That support was priceless but even so Ayanda’s journey into parenthood was not entirely smooth.
“Before Lebo* was born I felt my parents were disappointed I’d fallen pregnant and I felt pressure from the community,” the 33-year-old single mom says. “Certain elders judged me for having a baby before marriage.”