Our Story

Our Story

Hi mamas. We’re Adrienne and Cait. We should probably start with a shout out to Craigslist. Sharing a house (and an awesome front porch) in Washington, D.C., we became close friends. And we grew A LOT closer when our first babies were born hours apart. Adrienne had Evelyn and Cait became a mom to twins Mary Eileen and Benjamin.

We became witnesses to each other’s journey into Motherhood; witnesses to the shift in identity, to the shock of how hard it was, and to the beauty of it all. We learned from day one the importance of that witness, that support and community reflecting back at you what can be so hard to see in early Motherhood.

cait and adriene with pregnant bellies

With the birth of Evelyn, Adrienne, a former hard-charging BigLaw attorney turned coach and doula, mourned her former self, unsure how Motherhood would fit into her identity. She later met the heartbreak of Motherhood when she experienced a pregnancy loss along and the accompanying grief, shame and anxiety.

With the birth of Evelyn, Adrienne, a former hard-charging BigLaw attorney turned coach and doula, mourned her former self, unsure how Motherhood would fit into her identity. She later met the heartbreak of Motherhood when she experienced a pregnancy loss along and the accompanying grief, shame and anxiety.

After spending years in the perinatal world professionally as a perinatal social worker, parent coach and infant feeding specialist, Cait became a mom to twins, Mary Eileen and Benjamin. Cait’s journey to Motherhood would not have been possible without her wife and the team at Shady Grove K St. Perhaps knowing too much, Cait grappled with the realities of twins born at 33 weeks, the NICU, and postpartum depression.

After spending years in the perinatal world professionally as a perinatal social worker, parent coach and infant feeding specialist, Cait became a mom to twins, Mary Eileen and Benjamin. Cait’s journey to Motherhood would not have been possible without her wife and the team at Shady Grove K St. Perhaps knowing too much, Cait grappled with the realities of twins born at 33 weeks, the NICU, and postpartum depression.

 

Thankfully, we had each other. We got through the early stages of Motherhood by seeking support and sanity. We were both amazed at the very common struggles moms endure silently and the joys left unshared. And questions emerged:

Why aren’t Mothers talking to each other?

Why are resources related to pregnancy and parenting so scattered and skewed?

Why do we constantly feel judged?

Why are there only a few perceived “right” ways to parent?

Why is it so hard to make mom friends?

We set out to answer these questions and do better by other Mothers. We wanted to make a space for Mothers to explore what Motherhood looks like for them. We wanted to bring Mothers together to exercise collective action and create the nation of Mothers we deserve.

Through personalized Circles, supported by an online community and designed with compassionate values, MotherNation was founded to do just that. The pandemic and accompanying isolation and anxiety of the last year has only deepened our mission.

In short: we believe every Mother deserves a MotherNation and the tools to claim their Motherhood their way. We hope you’ll join us.

What’s your story, mama?

If you are reading this, you are a part of the MotherNation story and we know you have a story of your own. We want to hear your story, share it, and root you on.

Ready to share?

What’s your story, mama?

If you are reading this, you are a part of the MotherNation story and we know you have a story of your own. We want to hear your story, share it, and root you on.

Ready to share?

The MotherNation Council

The MotherNation Council is comprised of a diverse group of Mothers willing to contribute their voices, their time and their expertise to fulfill the MotherNation mission: create spaces for Mothers to care for themselves and each other. The Council is the internal brain trust of MotherNation–the gut check, the accountability partners and fuel for this Motherhood movement. With their impressive expertise, seamless collaboration and creative decision-making, we tackle big and small questions together.

Interested in joining the Council next year? Shoot us a note.