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I Am Not Your Baby Mother

Narrated by: Candice Brathwaite
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

It's about time we made motherhood more diverse.... 

When Candice fell pregnant and stepped into the motherhood playing field, she found her experience bore little resemblance to the glossy magazine photos of women in horizontal stripe tops and the pinned discussions on Mumsnet about what pushchair to buy. Leafing through the piles of prenatal paraphernalia, she found herself wondering: 'Where are all the black mothers?' 

Candice started blogging about motherhood in 2016 after making the simple but powerful observation that the way motherhood is portrayed in the British media is wholly unrepresentative of our society at large. 

The result is this thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a black mother. It explores the various stages in between pregnancy and waving your child off at the gates of primary school, while facing hurdles such as white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias at every point. Candice does so with her trademark sense of humour and refreshing straight-talking, and the result is a call-to-arms that will allow mums like her to take control, scrapping the parenting rulebook to mother their own way.

©2020 Candice Brathwaite (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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This book is absolutely fabulous, I finished reading it in one day! It's so needed!

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EXCEPTIONAL

I have never binged listened to a book in my life. This was that good!

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Fantastic listening!

Really enjoyed! Great insight into life as a black British mother. Thank you! Covers MANY important issues and has given me much more to research to understand.

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Where to Start...

This was a very illuminating and thought provoking listen. From growing up memories, through the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, to the realisation of both home truths and dreams for a new generation. And the continuation of an increasingly (from this perspective anyway) evident fight against the suppression, challenge and imposition of tooling that can be used to shift understanding, denial, projection and even sanity of what is real, what is not, what is imaginary or illusory or even whether a thought that does (or does not) exist, could exist if it was articulated clearly and responsibly. Despite prejudice. Still, to try and empathise or symathise or care with compassion is not tantamount to a lived experience and although theoretical or even academic endeavour of the well meaning and best intent may fall short of genuine reform (and indeed are even potentially counter productive beyond a certain unspecified point) there are messages of hope and for the sole purpose of resiliance, bravery, strength and ultimately love, it is clearly testament to the power of persistence (at least) that resistance won does not necessarily equate with resistance conquered (regardless of means) This was a review of "I Am Not Your Baby Mother" by Candice Brathwaite as heard on Amazon Audible (16 June 2020).

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Stunning and a must read/listen!

Loved this. Enjoyable, eye opening and educational. Love that Candice reads this herself, so you can really hear her words as they should be heard x

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Every black mother needs to read this book!

I’m already regretting my title and thinking it should be everyone needs to read this book. When I fell pregnant with my first daughter I told my husband (then boyfriend) he could never under any terms refer to me as his ‘baby mother’ I cried as I said it with so much conviction but unable to articulate why. Candice has spoken everything I didn’t understand I felt and still feel about that term. Thank you Queen! This book is amazing! I hope it reaches every corner of the earth xxx

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So much more than a 'mum-moir'

Insightful reading irrespective of race. Brathwaite talks with candour, intelligence and passion about black British motherhood and so much more.

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Fantastic and insightful

This is a brilliant book for anyone seeking to enrich their viewpoints on life in Britain. Beautifully written and narrated it’s a honest and genuine view on raising a young Black family and all that goes with it. I enjoyed the honesty and thought the narration was fantastic.

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Amazing to listen to

Very related being a black mother myself, teaches you a lot about motherhood and society, covered very interesting subjects

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An important perspective for all

Serious and important information delivered in an easily devoured and enjoyable listen. Opened my eyes to the reality of the disparity that remains so prolific for so many in our society

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