After having Ayden and transitioning into motherhood, my world was flipped upside down. I was struggling with PPD, and really found that just talking and relating with other new(ish) moms was so helpful.
Throughout my pregnancy I had participated on some of the pregnancy apps, (the bump, baby center), and found it extremely comforting to have a place to ask questions. My only hang-up with these forums was that there seemed to be a lot of cyber-arguing, drama and pretend profiles. I believe that the anonymity of these types of sites tend to foster that kind of behavior.
One day I was on the phone with one of my mama-friends, and we got to talking about how helpful it was to be able to relate and vent about day-to-day mommy stuff. I told her about the apps I used during my pregnancy, and how I wished there was a support place for new moms, without all the drama that I had witnessed. We came up with the idea to start a mama’s support forum on Facebook, that was strictly for the purpose of being helpful to moms–especially new moms.
The intent was to have a little group where we, and some of our other mama-friends could post questions, concerns, rants or anything else in a completely safe, supportive and private environment.
What happened is, our ‘little’ group began to grow. Mamas invited other mama friends. What started out as an Orange County, Ca-based Facebook group, has become a national group of over 3,500 mamas. It is a loving, growing and incredibly supportive community and I hold it so close to my heart. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined our group organically expanding into something that would (I believe), help so many women.
We have only ever had to remove a handful of people for not following our code of respect and kindness. The women in this group are nothing short of amazing, and truly inspiring.
If you are a mom, an expecting mom, a step-mom or an adopting mom and are interested in joining our ever-growing Facebook group, please contact me for an invitation link. Due to the private nature of our group, we are not searchable on Facebook.
**In no way, shape or form am I intending to bash the bump or baby center. I love both of these websites and found them hugely helpful both during my pregnancy and in to my journey as a mother. These are both wonderful resources for all things baby.