Frequently Asked Questions

Mama Match & MotherNation Circles

Who can sign up?

How do I apply to participate?

How do you decide who to match me with or which Circle I join?

How long will it take to be matched or assigned a Circle?

What is the time commitment? How often am I required to meet with my Mama Match or Circle?

What is discussed at the meetings?

Where do we meet?

Can I bring my baby?

Is childcare available?

Can I ask medical questions?

What is the cost?

Where are Mama Match and MotherNation Circles offered?

What experience do I need to have to be a mentor Mama Match?

What experience do I need to be a peer facilitator of a MotherNation Circle?

What if I don’t jive with my Mama Match or Circle?

What other offerings will MotherNation provide in the future?

What if I have further questions?


Who can sign up?

Any woman on a motherhood journey who wants to connect with herself and other women. This includes women exploring whether they want to become a mother, women trying to become a mother by any means, women who are currently pregnant and women who consider themselves new (or new again) to motherhood.
 

How do I apply to participate?

Please complete the brief application form for Mama Match and MotherNation Circles.
 

How do you decide who to match me with or which Circle I join?

On the application form, we ask a number of questions related to your objectives for participating in a Mama Match or Circle as well as your preferences or interests. These range from geographic limitations to parenting style. While we encourage everyone to connect with a diverse set of mamas, we will do our best to accommodate your requests in pairing you with a Mama Match or Circle. Please utilize the comment box in the application form if there are specific considerations you would like us to keep in mind.

How long will it take to be matched or assigned a Circle?

During our beta phase, we are pairing matches and forming Circles on a rolling basis. We hope it will not take longer than a month to find you a Mama Match or gather at least four women for a Circle. As an early adopter, help us spread the word and we can grow the community together!

What is the time commitment? How often am I required to meet with my Mama Match or Circle?

We ask that each participant commit to meeting with their Mama Match or Circle for 12 months. Each Mama Match and MotherNation Circle should meet roughly monthly but will otherwise define their own meeting structure, norms and goals – including schedule and meeting location.

What is discussed at the meetings?

Anything your heart desires. The only parameter is that everyone must observe the MotherNation Values at all times. We may provide a monthly theme, list of topics, discussion guides or perhaps articles to spark conversation (if necessary!). You can also discuss the content from our social media pages , or if you are in a Circle, content from your Circle’s private Facebook page.

Where do we meet?

We leave it up to you, but to foster genuine connection and comfort, we encourage participants to meet in each other’s homes. Come and be as you are and no need to worry about splitting tabs or crying babies.

Can I bring my baby?

That is up to you and your Mama Match or Circle to decide. You will define your own meeting structure, norms and goals at the first meeting- this will include whether any meetings are mamas-only.

Is childcare available?

MotherNation does not provide childcare, but we expect that participants may split childcare costs for mama-only outings. We also hope that the authentic relationships formed will lead participants to trust each other to watch each other’s children from time to time…because we all deserve a break.

 

Can I ask medical questions?

You are free to ask any questions that are on your mind. A key gem of the Mama Match or Circle will be women coming together to share experiences and local resources. However, no advice- medical or otherwise- will be provided and all meetings are peer facilitated. You should always call your healthcare provider with medical questions.

What is the cost?

Free for now! We are currently in beta mode in the DC area only. So…there is no membership fee at this time but we will seek your candid feedback and ask for patience as we work out the kinks. Your feedback will help us design offerings that better serve you and all mamas.

Where are Mama Match and MotherNation Circles offered?

We are currently in beta mode in the DC area only.

What experience do I need to have to be a mentor Mama Match?

Your personal experience as a mother is plentiful. You have more inspiration to offer than you realize. And, as long as you observe the MotherNation Values at all times, a fellow mama will be lucky to have your support.

What experience do I need to be a peer facilitator of a MotherNation Circle?

We will provide a brief webinar training for all peer facilitators. The training will cover tips for guiding meaningful gatherings, modeling connected listening, setting group norms and meeting structure, scheduling tips, etc. Beyond that, by observing the MotherNation Values at all times, you are providing a valuable service to your fellow mamas.

What if I don’t jive with my Mama Match or Circle?

If you are paired with a Match or a Circle that you don’t immediately connect with, we ask that you remain open to the diverse community and look for what you can learn from others. If, on the other hand, you feel judged or uncomfortable or notice that the MotherNation Values are not being honored, please reach out to us. It is important to us that we maintain the integrity of our mission and that you are provided the support you expect.

What other offerings will MotherNation provide in the future?

We are currently testing the Mama Match and MotherNation Circle offerings. After we wrap up the beta test, we will refine these offerings and introduce a membership model that will also include monthly events and partner perks from our local network of service providers supporting women in the beginning stages of motherhood.

What if I have further questions?

Please don’t hesitate to email to us at info@mothernation.co.