When I became a mother, my world changed. 

 Me (Shannon) at my mother's group in Sydney with my first baby! 

Me (Shannon) at my mother's group in Sydney with my first baby! 

I was learning how to do the most important job in the world- care for and raise a human being- and at the same time I lost so much that had nourished me- a fulfilling career, a social life, time for self-care and exercise, quality time with my partner.  Though I loved being a mother and having time off work to be with my baby, I was also sleep deprived, isolated from my usual social networks, and caring for a baby 24/7...  a recipe for exhaustion!  

My one lifeline at the time was the amazing mother’s group that I formed with a few other mothers that also had young babies.  Every week we gathered in one of our homes, a cafe, a park, or the beach with coffees in hand and chatted about everything we were going through- the challenges and questions that came up as we cared for our babies, our changing relationships with our partners, going back to work (if, when, and how), and much more.  Those women are still my friends today, and are my inspiration for creating the Connected Mothers Circle.

As time went by and I dedicated myself to caring for my children, I can see in retrospect that my role as “mother” was quietly taking over my life and becoming my central identity.  The person I was before I had children- a woman with a career, interests and passions, a social life, and a relationship, began to feel like a distant memory.  Now that my children are a bit older, I’ve been more successful at creating space for all the aspects of my life and have more balance between my role as “mother” and the rest of my life (which has actually been great for my children as well!).  But when you’re caring for a baby full time, it’s not easy.  It takes effort to create a network of support for yourself, figure out how to integrate self-care into your life, and maintain your own identity beyond your role as a mother.

 My first week as a new mother!  (Photo: Chris McFarland)

My first week as a new mother!  (Photo: Chris McFarland)

I know firsthand how essential self-care and connection with other mothers are as we start the parenting journey, and it’s why I’m so motivated to provide this space for new mothers. 

The Connected Mother’s Circle is a place to fill your cup as a mother.  It is a safe haven to connect with other women who are also navigating the journey of motherhood in all of its joys and challenges.  It’s a comfortable and relaxing place to spend a few hours each week with your baby while also caring for yourself and enjoying presentations from specialists on the most pertinent topics for new mothers.  It’s a place to bring your questions and challenges, your laughter and your tears, your stories and your heart.  We look forward to welcoming you.