Mama Village Mothers' Groups for 12+ Month Old Toddlers
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.
Motherhood can be a lonely journey. Just when we think we have babies figured out, they become toddlers. And that's a whole new ball game. Enter loneliness and isolation again, and the constant worry about whether you are getting it right. If you have happened to have another baby as well, it adds another exhausting element on top.
Does this sound about right?
What if I told you that there's a way for you to find deep connections with other mums to help you navigate your way through?
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?
The Making Mama difference
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 tantrums, the mess of toddlers.
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. 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!
The toddler group
There's plenty of options for mothers groups for babies, but what happens when your baby turns one year old? Enter toddlerhood! Like the newborn phase, the toddlerhood chapter can bring so many learnings and challenges for mums and not many places to talk this through. Whilst you meet in our mothers group, your toddler will have the opportunity to play independently in our safe space, or to sit with you in group. There is no forced separation from you.
Our group is very flexible to meet the needs of your child, which means you can pause anytime to attend to your child. Whilst the responsibility of caring for your toddler remains yours, you will still have the opportunity to be heard and supported in the group.
If you have a baby under the age of 12 months, you are welcome for them to attend with you in the mothers group at no extra charge. Sound good?
Each session will include a parenting theme, as well as the opportunity for a social chat. Parenting themes will 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: 12th May - 30th June 2022
Week 1: Dealing with criticism and judgement
Week 2: Understanding separation anxiety
Week 3: Self care
Week 4: Changing relationships
Week 5: Exploring parenting styles
Week 6: The messy life
Week 7: Rupture and repair
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. When you join after a term has already started, you are only required to pay for the remainder of the term.
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 and your child will feel connected to you. 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 8 week 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.