Any person on a Motherhood journey who wants to connect with their self and other Mothers. This includes people who are currently pregnant or expecting, people who consider themselves new (or new again) to Motherhood and veteran mamas. If Mother is a part of who you are, then you belong here.
· Stay in the loop – You simply sign up to receive our newsletter at the bottom of this page. This is the best way to receive updates and inspiration from us, as well as event invites and other perks 😊
· Join our private online community – We also welcome you to join our private online community here. This is where you can meet, connect and support your MotherNation in real-time. We will post weekly videos and keep the conversation and affirmation buzzing.
· Join a Circle – Go deeper with group of up to 7 other mamas ready and willing to support and hold each other accountable. You can complete this brief application. It won’t take more than 10 minutes.
Participating in a Circle unlocks many more goodies that we want to share with you. In addition to being introduced to your Circle, you will be invited to join a private online sub-group with your Circle and additional sub-groups based on your location, age of your children and applicable shared experiences. You will have access to our partner perk discount program, expert webinars and “Ask Me Anything” sessions as well as our virtual book club. Lastly, you will receive early invites and discounts to MotherNation events and sneak peeks at our swag. Get in here, mama.
Our virtual Circles are available to all mamas in the United States. For the time being, we have put all in-person Circles on hold for now.
On the application form, we ask a number of questions related to your objectives for participating in a Circle as well as your preferences. We gather Circles based on these responses, including your location, age of your children and shared experiences (i.e., Mothers of Multiples, LGBT+, Mothers of Color). While we encourage everyone to connect with a diverse set of mamas, we will do our best to accommodate your requests in gathering your Circle. Please utilize the comment box in the application form if there are specific considerations you would like us to keep in mind.
We will be gathering Circles on a quarterly basis, but as the community grows, we hope to gather Circles more frequently so please help us spread the word and we can grow together!
There is no cost to staying in the loop by signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.
The cost to join our private online community here is $10/month. But 2020 has been a year, mamas, so it’s free through December 31.
If you join a Circle, in exchange for the benefits listed above, you can pay either $30/month with an annual commitment or $300 upfront. Your credit card will not be charged until we have found your Circle. If you have financial constraints, please email us to discuss an appropriate payment plan.
Mothers in America are struggling. This is especially true when compared to other developed countries. Once we gather together on the ground in Circles and in our online community, we will stay together and leverage our collective MotherNation muscle to demand changes to better support Mothers. We partner with advocacy organizations focusing on issues related to maternal mortality and near miss cases, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, paid family leave and universal childcare. Please see the Our Values page for the spotlight on our current advocacy partner.
Our vision is that every Mother navigates their version of Motherhood with confidence. Every Mother. We strive to create an inclusive community and hope that is evident from our word choice to the content we distribute. If you don’t feel like you belong or don’t see yourself in MotherNation, we apologize and we want to know so we can do better – write us. Inclusivity is an ever evolving mission and we respect the expertise of our community in designing systems that support all of us.
We recognize that some Mothers are not be able to afford the fee to participate in Circles. We are currently developing our social impact model in order to provide support to Mothers in all communities, as determined by them. We firmly step back as the experts of Motherhood in every family but our own and commit to designing a model that is open-ended as Motherhood itself by the end of 2020. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts, comments or ideas.
While most groups you’ve participated in before probably had a leader or facilitator, we designed Circles so all participants are accountable to and vulnerable with each other. True community care rooted in oneness. Safe within the bounds of the Declaration of Interdependence and with just enough intentional structure and support provided by us- you will find strength and comfort in each other.
Training in supportive listening will be provided and webinar modules that deep dive into relevant topics will be available online. We will remind you of the power within you, practice supportive listening and empathy skills together and provide resources for follow-up.
We will provide a discussion guide each month that aligns to the MotherNation monthly theme – which ranges from pleasure to money to environment. These will be topics that are important to maintaining self and raising children, but may not be easy to delve into on the playground. There will also be time during each Circle session to talk about anything your heart desires! In order for community care to happen, the only requirements are that everyone must observe the Declaration of Interdependence at all times and make an “ask” of the Circle.
Each Circle will meet for 2 hours each month for 12 months. We will provide a meeting structure and suggested norms to ensure Circles remain a productive and safe space, but each Circle will otherwise define norms – including schedule. We consider preferred meeting times when gathering Circles to avoid scheduling conflicts. Typically, Circles meet at the same time each month (e.g., the third Wednesday of the month @ 8pm).
If your Circle is meeting virtually, the Zoom invites will be sent through our online community. Once Circles can meet in-person safely, and if you choose to join an in-person Circle, we leave it to the Circle to decide. But to foster genuine connection and comfort, we encourage participants to meet in each other’s homes. Come and be as you are and no need to worry about splitting tabs or crying babies.
We suggest that babies in arms are always welcome. Once you have crawlers, we leave it to each Circle to decide. Some Circles prefer to have some or all of the sessions be mamas-only. Others manage to maintain focus with crawlers and others have pooled together to cover childcare!
MotherNation does not provide childcare, but participants may choose to split childcare costs for any in-person mama-only Circle sessions or outings. We also hope that the authentic relationships formed will lead participants to trust each other to watch each other’s children from time to time…because we all deserve a break.
You are free to ask any questions that are on your mind. A key gem of the Circles will be women coming together to share experiences and local resources. However, no advice- medical or otherwise- will be provided and all meetings implement a peer/community-care model. You should always call your healthcare provider with medical questions.
If you join a Circle that you don’t immediately connect with, we ask that you remain open to the diverse community and look for what you can learn from others. If, on the other hand, you feel judged or uncomfortable or notice that the Declaration of Interdependence is not being honored, please reach out to us. It is important to us that we maintain the integrity of our mission and that you are provided the support you expect.