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“In Ukraine it is understood that a woman puts behind her social life after the birth of her child, and that she must be self-denying and dedicate herself wholly to the well-being of the child,” says Olga Svatova, a high school friend, a mother of a one-year old daughter and a brand manager at Schwarzkopf and Henkel in Kyiv.

I witnessed this matriarchal selflessness since childhood: my mother and grandmothers epitomized the role of domestic queens exclusively caring for their husbands and children.

However, after moving to the U.S. for college at age 17, I began to see that motherhood didn’t mean the end of my life, just a transformation of it into something else. And maybe something better.  

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