Motherhood is a special quality and can also be seen as a vocation.
The mere fact that a woman makes the sacrifice for enduring the many discomforts for nine long months before giving birth to a child or children proves that she has stamina. Not many women are willing to endure the pangs of this journey, more or less to give birth.
Nevertheless, some women endure the discomforts, give birth, but do not demonstrate true motherhood. A woman must be matured and responsible, before she can exhibit the quality of motherhood. Motherhood is being responsible for the nurturing and upbringing of a child or children according to the mores of society.
It is sad, however, in this generation, that many women who give birth are young, immature, and irresponsible, so, even though they are mothers, they do not demonstrate true motherhood. Some of them are not prepared to adapt to the changes in their lifestyles. They want to live carefree lives, while they entrust the burden of caregiver for their children upon other women who exhibit the quality of motherhood.
In many cases, grandmothers, older sisters, and other older female relatives and friends, find themselves trapped in the dilemma of caring for children when they are neglected by their biological mothers. Even though these women may not choose to undertake the task, they comply anyhow and do marvelous jobs in nurturing those children. Their love for children, along with their maturity breeds responsibility, and they qualify as having the quality of true motherhood. Motherhood is indeed a vocation.