Together, we can build a future where every woman navigates her version of motherhood with confidence.
Confident that she is strong.
Confident that she is enough.
Confident that she is exactly who her children need.
Confident that she is her own person.
Confident that she will make mistakes.
Confident that she is not alone.
As MotherNation citizens, we:
Share our vulnerability.
Being vulnerable is a cornerstone of connection that facilitates meaningful relationships. When we share our vulnerability, we give permission to others to do the same and then the magic happens…we grow.
Embrace our diverse community.
Motherhood looks different for all of us. We respect and learn from each other’s choices. We blow up the archetypes and celebrate all the possibilities. Because the only right way to be a mother is to be the one you choose.
Invest in ourselves.
We firmly believe that we are better and more present mothers when we listen to our minds, hearts and bodies and give ourselves what we need. Go get it, girl. #whatguilt
Lift each other up.
We operate out of love which, to us, means a steadfast commitment to empathy, acceptance, gratitude and empowerment. We not only stand with each other in solidarity, we lift ourselves above the self-doubt, blame and fear and we rise together.
MotherNation would like to thank Craig Newmark. Without Craigslist, we—Adrienne and Cait—likely would have never met. Sharing a house in Washington, D.C., with many musings on the front porch, we became close friends. And even closer still when our first babies were born hours apart. Motherhood made us new people that we are proud of, but it was not always easy.
With the birth of Evelyn, Adrienne, a former hard-charging BigLaw attorney turned coach and doula, mourned her former self and was unsure how motherhood would fit into her identity. She was later introduced to the heartbreak of motherhood when she experienced a pregnancy loss along with 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 mama to twins, Mary Eileen and Benjamin, who would not be possible without her wife and the team at Shady Grove K St. Perhaps knowing too much, Cait later grappled with the realities of twins born at 33 weeks in the NICU and postpartum depression.
Thankfully, we had each other. We persevered through our early stages of motherhood by proactively seeking support, education, and sanity. We were both amazed at the common struggles moms endure silently and the joys left unshared. This launched us through a series of why’s:
Why aren’t mothers talking to each other and sharing our stories?
Why are resources related to reproduction, 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 don’t mothers own their strength and showcase their pride?
We wanted to change the narrative by eliminating archetypes. We wanted to make a space for women to explore what motherhood looks like for them by using their own intellect, intuition, voice, and courage. We wanted a space for women to trust, not judge, each other.
Fueled by unwavering acceptance, empathy, and love in a climate ripe for a motherhood movement, MotherNation was born. Welcome.
With nothing but love,
Because you are reading this, you are a part of our story and the MotherNation community. And we send you bundles of gratitude.
If you want to further contribute your time, ideas or expertise to make the MotherNation vision a reality, we want to hear from you! Please write us with your thoughts on how we can work together. We are in particular need of mamas who want to contribute their stories or other content and anyone with a sales or partnership background. We are open to exploring an arrangement that works best for everyone.