I’ve dreamt of creating a space and services for Mamas for about ten years now, sometime around the first time I watched Ricki Lake naked, empowered and in labor in the documentary The Business of Being Born and thought to myself, “I need that kind of magic in my life!” It wasn’t as much about the babies at the end, but more about the beauty, vulnerability, otherworldliness, primal wisdom, and surrender that each of the women in the film carried into their birth experience.
I was struck by how the love and support of surrounding women buoyed each Mother to a place of confidence and resilience in the ultimate practice of letting go. Of course, the babies were magical too!
When I became a mother myself, I was struck by how many of those exact same qualities became visible in me and every single Mother I meet. Not just in giving birth to her baby, but in giving birth to herself as a Mama.
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There isn’t anyone I know who can guide a new mum better through the transition to motherhood. She’s genuine, warm, honest and caring, with a great sense of humor which is essential during this wildly challenging yet wonderful phase of our lives!!!
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So often we hear the adage “It takes a village to raise a child,” but what do we do when that village isn’t obvious or readily available? Many of us entered motherhood believing the idea that books, expensive baby gear, organic food, and a perfect partner would adequately support us enough to make this enormous transition, yet too many are left feeling depleted, defeated, guilty, anxious, and stressed because those things are simply not enough.
We have been left to do the work and carry the weight in our hearts that should ideally be shared between an entire community. We are fed the myth that all of these superficial things will fill in the gaps for us, and if they don’t were are somehow inadequate and failing. But we all know that Motherhood is much deeper than that. Our needs and our love is much deeper than that.
I want us to really believe that we deserve more. That our children deserve Mamas who are thriving, not just surviving. I believe that the best way to invest in our kids is to wholly invest in ourselves, and the best way to invest in their future is to invest in other Mamas so they can do the same. Together we can raise children, raise consciousness, and raise each other up!
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“That I tried my best to live my dreams (for me that means living as free, happy & healthy as possible), so that hopefully when they are adults, they will feel that they have the permission to do the same (on their own terms).“
goddess, life coach, crazy village mama and Mama to June (6) and Ela (3) on what kind of legacy she wants to give to her children
“I love having people around me that can laugh at the ‘mama guilt’ and can look up and away from what society might be trying to tell us we should act like. I think there should be more support for allowing new mums time and activities to be who they always were for a little while and then go back to being the awesome mum they want to be. Without time to be ourselves, I really think we get lost in our new role and can’t truly appreciate the awesomeness of parenthood. My most important self care is skateboarding, I try to do this at least twice a week and when I do I feel like a new woman. It centres me to my core. I skate for 2 hours and by the end I realise I haven’t thought about a thing outside that activity. It’s like meditation, but with a rush of blood around the body that makes you feel truly alive. “
designer, business owner, medicine woman, badass, and Mama to Tilda (nearly 3!)
“I’ve had to come to terms with not always having my ‘s**t’ together, and letting it be known!! So everyone can rest assured that the yogi Mum is on the same journey as everyone else. Mama guilt does it’s best to get to me on a daily basis, but I do my best to remember the work I’ve done to bring life into the world, nurture a human for thousands of hours both inside and outside of my body, and with that knowledge, I remember I’m a superwoman!!!”
yogi, teacher, keeper of the magic, and Mama to Elodie (2.5) and baby #2 due in January!