The Motherhood Collective has been a keystone for me in motherhood. Not having family nearby and knowing very few people in our area at the same stage of motherhood as me led to me feeling incredibly alone. I was suffering through postpartum depression and anxiety and truly didn't realize how bad things had gotten. After being convinced by my mother and a couple of medical professionals familiar with TMC to try going to an event, I wound up at Playgroup one day. I'm so glad I went. Walking into that group of women was like walking into a warm, familiar hug. The Motherhood Collective has been key to helping me work through PMAD, and has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing women in various stages of motherhood. It is such a pleasure to work with so many wonderful ladies who have the shared goals of building each other up and helping as many people as they can. I am forever grateful to TMC.
The Motherhood Collective has given me the support and connections that I've desperately needed as a new mother. I try to attend as many play groups, cafes and seminars as possible. The Motherhood Collective is an integral part of Lynchburg.
I don't have time (because I'm a mom, lol) to write out all the things I love about or all the things this non-profit has done for me over the last 3.5 years of motherhood. If I had to choose one thing, it would be the support system it has given me. I have met so many amazing women through this organization and I'm really not sure how I would survive without them. This community is amazingly supportive, inclusive, empowering, etc., etc. Because of this, I recently joined the team as a volunteer and I could not be more honored.
One of the most life changing nonprofits in Lynchburg. I had my first daughter in less than ideal circumstances but The Motherhood Collective was absolutely the best support I could’ve ever wished for to get me through it. I’m not only surviving motherhood but even thriving because of motherhood thanks to the help of this amazing organization. LOVE THEM!!!
The motherhood collective has given me a safe place and companionship through infertility and miscarriage. I would be lost without the friendships and support from this wonderful organization.
The heart and passion behind the Motherhood Collective is one that no other organization could ever come close to. The genuineness of the staff and the community they have built is like nothing I have ever seen. As someone who is not a mother, I was overly welcomed and loved just the same as any mother who walked in. To be apart of such an amazing team has left me speechless and changed forever. I have since moved away and am no longer able to volunteer but the community is still there, actively reaching out to me and keeping in touch, and that is a gift I will forever hold in my treasure box. The leaders and team of staff are truly a gift to everyone they meet and I will never forget the impact they have eternally made in my life. This organization deserves all the recognition and awards. They are truly outstanding at everything they do and are doing for everyone they serve; those local and across the globe.
This organization has been a saving grace amidst an unexpectedly lonely time in my life. Women here are not judgmental, and they truly care about one another. They encourage self care, which I think is something forgotten in this culture's philosophy on mothering. Their coffee is also the bomb. Educational, communal, supportive, everything good.
The Motherhood Collective was not around when I miscarried my first pregnancy in 2006 and they weren't around when I struggled with postpartum depression after having my daughter in 2007; however, a few years ago, I learned about their mission and have watched them grow and thrive in serving our community. It means a great deal to watch an organization help women through the multitude of struggles faced when it comes to motherhood. Now that I am finally at a good place myself, I am hopeful to do more than just watch this organization - I'm ready to put my hand out to other women who are now where I was.
It amazes me that such a fantastic organisation exists here in Lynchburg, and I'm so fortunate to be able to benefit from it during this season of my life. Becoming a mother is, oh so not easy, but it has been a true blessing to be able to be part of all the different events TMC offers and find people to reach out to and relate, as well as feel part of a community of incredible women.
I have no idea why I didn't join up with The Motherhood Collective before!!! After 3 1/2 years of mothering alone, I am so grateful to have found a place where I can freely come with my insecurities, imperfections, questions, and experiences and be accepted into a community of beautifully loving, honest, and imperfect mothers who are passionate about making sure no woman feels alone in her journey of motherhood. After just 2 months of going to the Cafes and Playgroups, I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and a bit of life has been breathed into this tired and discouraged mama. The lessons I have learned and the support I have gained from this community in such a short period of time feel like a ray of sunshine breaking through the dark clouds, and my husband has noticed the renewed joy and hope that I feel about my role as a mother to my kids and a friend in this community. I am truly grateful for everything The Motherhood Collective has done for my own life as well as the lives of the women within the local community.
The Motherhood Collective is a pillar in this community. As a pediatrician with a busy schedule, much as I would love to spend hours with each mom- I'm limited to teaching the highlights of medical concerns, developmental milestones, nutrition and healthy habits. But there is so much for each new mom to learn and different challenges with each different child! I rely on the Motherhood Collective to help moms find their footing! From education to counseling to social connections, the Collective offers a wide array of services- and also ways for women to serve their community. I am so glad for all they do to nurture mothers; their work is certainly having a positive effect on our children!
As a first time mom and mother of a three month old, attending Cafes became the highlight of my week. These educational panels provided me with new "mom" information from experts and experienced moms each meeting. I met new friends that were in the very same boat I was, going through the same things I was and I felt I could be real and talk about the nitty gritty of motherhood. The people are good, quality people, wanting to help educate and support you. Each new mom-to-be or mom I meet, I ask them if they've been introduced to The Motherhood Collective because I believe in it and its cause.
I moved to the area with no friends but was referred by a lady to come for advice on being a mom. I was greeted by Lauren as soon as I walked through the door and have never looked back. I have learned so much about how to be the best mom I can be and how to help others through whatever life is throwing at them. My perspective on parenting is vastly different in the year since I started attending their events and I wish there was something like this everywhere so moms didn't have to feel so isolated and so that more moms could become educated on all the different options out there from first pregnancy to multiple children running around.
I love TMC!
I love this organization that cares so deeply about women in our community & creates a great community for all who are a part of it, creates communication between women & local care providers, & educates all.
This organization is incredible. What an amazing way to invest in your community..by investing in the mothers who make it up. A group of amazing people who have grouped together to support and educate women and have touched thousands of lives in the process. It has truly been a privilege to be able to take part and reap the blessings of having this available to me!
The Motherhood Collective has been an incredible part of my journey as a Birth Doula.They have supported me, they have encouraged me, and they have helped me to share my passion of helping women as they labor and bring a new life into this world! I do not think that I could have experienced such incredible joy without the help and support from my friends at The Motherhood Collective! Debbie Perdew CD(Dona)
Education and openness are the components of this non-profit that I most benefited from. They strive to educate and equip their volunteers to bring care to the women and children of the community. Each person on staff was such an open friendly presence. All of this flows from the incredible passion and direction out forth by the executive director and managing director. I could only hope that every community could be blessed by an organization like this one.
Community! During my maternity leave, I went to as many Cafes and playgroups as possible. Now that I am back at work, the Cafe Express programming is a wonderful monthly meeting of my tribe, women I wouldn't know otherwise, and my life is richer for it. We share stories, laughter, hot coffee, and tips on how to make toddlers eat more veggies. I love this group of women.
Motherhood collective provides an environment of knowledge and fun. It allows New moms a place to find help with being a new mom.
Time and time again I have experienced the community and support through this organization. It truly lives up to its mission to education and support women throughout all walks in their motherhood journey, making suRe no woman is alone.
This is such an amazing organization and the work they do within the community is invaluable. I always recommend them to every new mom I know.
Amazing group of ladies and support. I don't know what I would have done without them! The leadership team is so passionate about what they do!
The Motherhood Collective is a welcoming group of moms that are vocal about not being perfect but being the best they know to be. These moms just want you to feel not alone, educated, encourage, and nurtured. This community is better as a whole because of this nonprofit organization. I started as a mom who did not even know I was in need of support. I gained that and so much more. I wish for all moms to feel as surrounded, cared for, encouraged, educated, and supported as I do.
The Motherhood Collective is such a wonderful organization. They're a great resource for women in all stages of motherhood (preconception through postpartum. I've been attending their cafesand playgroups for about 9 months now. Everyone I've encountered has been so encouraging and positive. I only wish I had found them before I did.
One of the great organization that has recognized the lack of material health in society and decided to do something about it. It is meeting women at each stage of early motherhood through the difficulty to conceive, loss of a pregnancy, loss of a child, early stages, community, postpartum education, and so much more. It has grown to be a comfort, resource, and light to women in our community.
A wonderful resource for mothers. TMC provides support and education during what can be a very isolating time for new moms. I have been served by their programming and had the opportunity to express my gratitude by serving as a volunteer myself.
The early years of motherhood can be so isolating. This group makes me feel not alone...like I'm part of a big group of women who are all learning and growing together. It's ok if I have a hard day...or week...or year. I know I can find support and help here!
This group of women provides tremendous encouragement and support to women in all walks of life and in all stages of motherhood, from TTC through postpartum. I am thrilled to be a member of this organization.
When I found this beautiful organization, I had already begun to enter a new season of motherhood where pregnancy and newborns were no longer in my future...but I have been blessed abundantly nonetheless. They sought after and cherished my experiences in early motherhood and have given me the amazing privilege of sharing it with others. Through this opportunity, my own struggles as a young mom and in particular, the negative postpartum experiences I had, have found healing. The Motherhood Collective has been a balm to this weary mother's soul.
This group saved me... they offered me a safe place to go during one of the most vulnerable seasons of my life. They embraced me. They taught me that every mother is different, that we are all simply doing the best we can, and that we need to be easy on ourselves (AND one another). They gave me permission to make mistakes and to explore different options for myself and my family as we journeyed through our new chapter of parenting.
The work The Motherhood Collective is doing is great... recognizing (and respecting) the time-sensitive season of early motherhood and providing a kind, gentle, supportive AND educational environment for mamas all over our area... it is truly invaluable.
I love the Motherhood Collective! The women who serve are so passionate about helping women thrive as mothers. I came to the collective as a brand new
mom and was so encouraged by how welcoming everyone was. I've learned so much from the panels! I also love that they embrace mothers and their choices, instead of just hammering one way of doing things. The Motherhood Collective offers so much to our community of mothers, and I am so thankful for all the time and love the staff and volunteers pour into it!
I entered The Motherhood Collective as a new mother, with new concerns & fears, in a new community & state.
Before I even got to the door, I was greeted by mothers with warm, welcoming & inviting smiles. They made me feel comfortable about things that hadn't even crossed my mind in the first few weeks of motherhood. Such as trying different breast feeding positions, baby wearing, which I wouldn't be able to share the knowledge I've gained with other mothers now that I'm back in Michigan, & to embrace my new "mom body". I also gained the confidence to breastfeed in public & to not be ashamed.
However, the most important thing I took away from the professional speakers, small groups, & play dates was that I'm doing the best for my baby & family, even if others don't agree. This gave me confidence I'd never seen in myself. Thank you from one mother to another.
Being a first time mom is hard, I lost my mother and grandmother before my little one was born so I didn't have the guidance and nurturing that I needed. I found The Motherhood Collective and although I'm not able to participate as much as I would love to I love this great group of women! I have learned so much and really began to have confidence in my new found role as mother. They are doing great things and the best is yet to come!
When struggling through motherhood's ups and downs, community and support is what ever mother needs! Education, support and community is exactly what the Motherhood Collective seeks to provide, and they do so with excellence! No other place have I found great friends, easily accessibly education, and a non-judge mental environment to ease me into the motherhood journey! I honestly don't know where I would be today without the support of The Motherhood Collective!
The Motherhood Collective has changed my perspective on Motherhood and education. I now feel empowered to avidly question everything and to continuously research the information that I may have just accepted in the past. I have grown into my own self and produced my own version of motherhood, which is ever-changing. I have learned to accept the past and take control of the decisions of the future. Thank you for everything!