Mama Village Mothers' Groups for 0-12 Month Old Babies
Term 2, 2022
When you attend the Mama Village you will feel heard and supported, build lasting friendships and develop tools and strategies to assist you in becoming the best parent you can be.
Are you looking for a mothers' group?
Have you had a baby in recent months?
I know from working with mums that many of you are struggling with the adjustment to motherhood, loneliness, isolation, depression and anxiety. It’s all completely normal. We've lost our villages and we were never meant to do this mothering gig alone.
What if I told you that there's a way for you to find deep connections with other mums?
What if I told you there's a safe place to talk about the hard, the ugly stuff of mothering? What if I told you there would be no judgement? What if you didn't have the pressure of living up to society's expectations of you being a perfect mother?
Sounds good, doesn't it?
At Making Mama we don't just do coffee. It isn't just a place for chit chatting about motherhood - you know, the lack of sleep, the different kinds of poo, the 'when should I start solids'?
All of those things are important, and whilst you have the opportunity for this at Making Mama, it’s so much more!
I'm a qualified clinical social worker and group facilitator and lead discussions in the mothers groups that bring a sense of relief that you are not alone in your feelings, thoughts and experiences. Mums are so brave in sharing their deep (and sometimes dark) thoughts and feelings that generally aren't expressed elsewhere. You will receive support in a non-judgmental way, while learning to be a responsive and gentle parent through the evidence-based parenting information provided each week. I will guide you with attachment parenting information, while looking holistically at families, the struggles of motherhood, as well as the strengths you all possess as mothers.
My passion is supporting mums in their adjustment to motherhood to help reduce the rates of postnatal depression and anxiety. I also love helping mums build their village of support so they don’t have to do mothering alone. If you are looking for a little more than a coffee catch up group where there's no waitlist and you are supported by a health professional, Making Mama is for you!
Each session includes a parenting theme, as well as the opportunity for a social chat. Parenting themes change each term.
90 minute group session including:
- evidence-based parenting program written and developed by a clinical social worker
- facilitated discussion of topics where mums can have raw, vulnerable conversations and focus on their emotional experiences of motherhood
- connection with other mums for ongoing support
Plus bonus private online support group for mums in the Mama Village to receive additional information and support each week!
Term 2 program: 9th May - 27th June 2022
Week 1: Dealing with criticism and judgement
Week 2: Baby led weaning
Week 3: Self care
Week 4: Changing relationships
Week 5: Exploring parenting styles
Week 6: The messy life
Week 7: Managing postnatal depression and/or anxiety
Week 8: The mental load
How to Join the Mama Village
The mothers groups fill quickly, so if you would like to secure your spot, please make your booking for the whole term if the term has not yet started.
If the term has started, you are still able to join at any time if there is enough space in the group by completing the request to join form.
You will be contacted within the next business day to arrange part payment of the full investment fees.
Term 2, 2022 bookings
When you attend the mothers groups you will leave feeling less alone and isolated in your mothering, you will have evidenced based parenting information, tools and strategies to assist you in becoming the best parent you can be, your child will feel connected to you and you will be supported and nurtured by a qualified and experienced health professional who has worked with families for more than 25 years.
In addition, you are welcome to join a private online support group for mothers from the Mama Village where additional parenting information and support will be available each week, as well as the opportunity for you to continue building your connections with other mums.
For all of this, your investment is $270 for the Mama Village mothers' group (which is only $33.75 per week).
Early bird special is only $240 which is available until 28th March 2022.
Payment is to be made upfront for the term (or part thereof if you are joining partway through the term). Payment plan options are available if needed - enquire here.
Committing to something you are not 100% sure about can feel scary in terms of your time and finances. It's important that the Mama Village is the right fit for you. When you attend the Mama Village, you have 3 days to request a refund of the remainder of the term if you feel the group isn't right for you.
As an allied health service, I am required by law to be fully vaccinated and ALL individuals who attend the Making Mama Village services also are required to be fully vaccinated. The safety of all mothers, children and your extended families is of utmost importance to me. Therefore, I will require you to show your vaccination record at the first session.
The following measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of all parents and their children while present:
- all mothers in attendance will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination at their first session
- all mothers will be required to wear masks while in attendance while this remains a government mandate (except when eating or drinking)
- as we meet in a large hall, social distancing is able to be adequately achieved with the spacing of chairs in the circle. I ask those in attendance who choose to sit on the floor with their baby to be mindful of social distancing
- hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to the hall and at all times during sessions
Where are the Mama Village mothers' groups held?
The Mama Village mothers' groups are held at the Coorparoo School of Arts and RSL Memorial Hall at 208-210 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo.