About MotherWoman

MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers to create positive personal and social change through: powerful mothers groups, innovative programming to confront the crisis of postpartum depression, and effective political action. Mothers face enormous challenges, including unrealistic expectations, isolation, depression and appalling family policy. By valuing and supporting mothers, everyone benefits.

Our Challenges

  • Unrealistic Expectations The cultural myth of the “Good Mother” sets unrealistic expectations for mothers. This unattainable ideal contributes to maternal stress, depression, and an environment of judgement among women.
  • Isolation Many parents are increasingly isolated from neighborhood, friends, and extended family. We are working longer and harder to provide for our families, and have fewer places to go when we’re in need.
  • Maternal Depression The United States has among the highest rates of maternal depression in the world. Many mothers experience emotional difficulties in the postpartum period. Up to 1 in 4 mothers suffers from postpartum depression (PPD).
  • Appalling Family Policy The United States is one of only four countries in the world without guaranteed paid maternity leave. Mothers are 44% less likely to be hired than equally qualified women without children. Women without children make 90 cents to a man’s dollar, mothers make 73 cents, and single mothers make 60 cents to a man’s dollar.

Our Philosophy

  • Mothers are powerful. Together we can change the world.
  • When mothers are valued and supported, we are more successful in all areas of our lives, benefiting our children, families and communities.
  • Creating communities of genuine respect and non-judgment for all mothers increases our collective power.
  • Laws and policies that support families benefit everyone.

Our Programs

MotherWoman Support Groups

MotherWoman groups provide places where mothers can gain support and build community. Our Facilitator Training Program provides community leaders and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to start new MotherWoman groups. We provide comprehensive MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training for professionals and layleaders interested in running impactful support groups.  We are committed to seeing there be 1 support group for every 2000 new mothers in the U.S.

Postpartum Support

MotherWoman’s Postpartum Support Initiative addresses the crisis of postpartum emotional difficulties in our region.

Political Action

MomsRising of the Pioneer Valley (MRPV) is our nonpartisan political arm—affiliated with MomsRising.org. MRPV organizes mothers, fathers and caregivers to take action on issues impacting families.

Hear Liz speak about MotherWoman here.

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