The Growing Movement in Maine for Self-Care After Motherhood

[Originally published in Essential Living Maine May/June 2019]

Maine has always been a choice location for young parents to raise families, and for the past decade or so, local organizations have existed to offer support in the form of new-parent education or playdates for stay-at-home-moms. And while that support is a necessary piece, a gap has existed when it comes to creating opportunities for mothers to tend to their mental and physical well-being, engage in social experiences without children, express themselves creatively, or even simply pursue interests and activities that make them feel whole, inspired, and autonomous.

Luckily, a growing number of Maine-based businesses and wellness spaces have been cropping up over the past couple of years. These women-owned businesses offer a variety of classes, workshops, experiences, and support for Maine mothers to practice self-care, rediscover themselves as individuals, and find like-minded folks.

Rosemont Wellness Center, on Brighton Ave. in Portland, houses a range of health and wellness practices largely focused on women’s and children’s health. Started by acupuncturist Naomi Skoglund of Six Branches Family Acupuncture in March 2018, the center is also home to women’s health PT Allison Poole of Koru PT & Wellness, Celia Koski of Face First Therapeutic Skincare, family therapist Elizabeth Miles LCSW, Hannah Neumann, practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, and massage therapist Lori Fecteau LMT. The center’s studio space hosts a weekly women’s trauma recovery group with EmpowerME and a number of events and yoga classes including prenatal yoga and a Little Yogis family class. In just one year, Rosemont Wellness Center has grown into a hub for family health in the Rosemont/Deering neighborhood.

Artist, designer and podcaster Corinne Mockler of Who’s Your Mama Media facilitates a two-part series of (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workshops for mothers who desire to pursue personal fulfillment through creative hobbies, outlets, and activities, but don’t know where to direct their focus, feel guilty taking the steps to go after their dreams, or cannot logistically figure out how to fit creativity into their already busy schedules. Workshop participants receive a copy of The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbook and are invited to join the Stay Creative Facebook group for ongoing encouragement and inspiration for maintaining intentional space for creativity and personal interests.

Maine Mother + Company, a soon-to-be-opened perinatal resource center in Brunswick, is run by Paula Norcott, a childbirth educator, certified labor doula, and lactation consultant. Paula’s vision was to create a space focused on classes, services, and events for mothers – a hub for workshops and support groups, a variety of women-focused practitioners, social events, coworking opportunities (with babysitting!), and more.

Keeping track of everyone else’s day is the norm for most mothers, so the idea of following the happenings of every business and organization mentioned above may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there’s Fourth Trimester Collective, an online provider guide and an interactive calendar of events for Maine mothers. Kennebunk-based Hannah Lamprey envisioned Fourth Trimester Collective as a centralized site for aspiring, expecting, and new mamas in Southern Maine to find support and connection in all aspects of their wellness. Through this platform, women can engage in more social-emotional support, as well as put their wellbeing to the forefront. These two aspects of wellness all too often take a backseat in motherhood, however, tending to each of these can mitigate Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

Not coincidentally, this increase in mother-focused, Maine-based businesses parallels the growing national conversation on the scientifically proven benefits to practicing self-care, especially for women/mothers. While the businesses and offerings may be varied, the goal is the same: To help mothers realize that allowing space for their self-care is not selfish, and actually results in them bringing their best selves back to their families, and to every aspect of their lives. And that is a cause the entire village can support.

There will always be a need for motherhood-focused services, and luckily there also exist trusted, Maine-based organizations like Mom to Mom of Maine, Birth Roots Center for Community Parenting (and their newest offering called Baby Roots!), the Maternal Health Alliance of Maine, and Maine Medical Center’s Mothering Circle offering gatherings and emotional support to mothers from pre- to perinatal, and beyond. And The Wrens Nest has recently partnered with Mindwell Marketing to offer “Little Adventures,” a thoughtfully created babymoon getaway combined with top-notch childbirth education, movement classes, and postnatal planning.

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Season 2 – Episode 1: Karli Efron, social worker and diaper bank warrior who enthusiastically teaches Oula on the side.

karli efronAn impactful chat with Karli Efron – social worker and diaper bank warrior who enthusiastically teaches Oula on the side

TRIGGER WARNING: Miscarriage and pregnancy loss is openly discussed…along with husbands creeping on periods, unicorn moms actually NOT existing, healing the world one diapered bum at a time, creating rituals to not bring work home with you, choosing to take time off to parent (and the privilege of that choice), how following the breadcrumbs after loss can lead to joy, RESPECT for immigrant mamas, spinning “selfish,” and Oula FINALLY being explained (spoiler alert: it’s pretty much witchy dance therapy).

LINKS:

Oula Fitness

Oula with Karli at Bright Star World Dance in Portland, ME!

Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) of Southern Maine

Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services (KJFS) / Diaper Bank

Jake’s Diapers

An Act To Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products from Sales Tax (Maine)

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PODCAST: Never miss an episode – subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher (anywhere you listen to podcasts!)

WORKBOOK: 

  • For the original, PRINTED version of The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbookclick HERE
  • For the fillable, PDF version, click HERE
  • For the Video Lessons, with Companion Worksheets, click HERE

WORKSHOPS: For a schedule of upcoming, in-person (Portland, ME) (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workshops, click HERE

NEWSLETTER: Stay up-to-date on all offerings for creative mamas from Who’s Your Mama Media, along with inspiration fixes and tips for staying creative, by signing up for my Stay Creative newsletter HERE!

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP: And for a more personalized experience, my Stay Creative Facebook Group provides accountability, support, and inspiration for creative mamas who have already purchased the Workbook and/or attended a Workshop and want to take a deeper dive. Request to be added as a member HERE!

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Biggest (Hugest) Announcement!

At long last, and a good year-and-a-half after I first put pen to paper*, The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbook is FINALLY available for purchase from Amazon! CLICK HERE to get your hot li’l hands on one of the very FIRST copies.

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The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbook is for mothers who desire to pursue personal fulfillment through creative hobbies, outlets, and activities, but don’t know where to direct their focus, feel guilty taking the steps to go after their dreams, or cannot logistically figure out how to fit creativity into their already busy lives.

Inside you will find:

A little bit of self-discovery and self-care journaling

A little bit of creative best practices

A sprinkling of productivity hacks and logistical planning

A handful of hands-on activities to get those creative juices flowing

A whole lot of much-needed encouragement and permission while you work toward the goal of reclaiming intentional, and ongoing, space for creativity—because you deserve this, mamas!

Buy YOUR copy here!

*A perfect example of honoring one’s creativity/creative practice, even while mired in the “Fertile Void” where “nothing” seems to be happening (but actually a LOT is, just below the surface).

Episode 23: Lesli Weiner – former weaver and SAHM-turned-working-mom, current social butterfly and busiest “retired” person I know…who happens to be MY MOM!

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL EPISODE! An intertwined chat with Lesli Weiner – former weaver and SAHM-turned-working-mom, current social butterfly and busiest “retired” person I know…who happens to be MY MOM! We discuss her artistic schooling and transition into SAHM…then again into working mom, how the biggest challenge for her creativity was (and still is!) “time,” memories of her mother (my Nana) and how she pursued her artistic hobbies, how all of this relates to society on a larger scale (then and now), mixed in with some delightful family disagreement with how both of us remember any of the above. Good times!

And, BIG NEWS! The Who’s Your Mama Workbook for (Re)Discovery is moving along (expected due date…2017), and I just released a FREE sample section, exclusively for subscribers of my (since closed) “Inspiration Fix” newsletter!

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Episode 22 – Announcements on Season 2, the Who’s Your Mama Workbook and What’s Next

SPECIAL SOLO SHOW – Announcements on Season 2, the Who’s Your Mama Workbook and what’s next. Thank you SO much for tuning in to Season 1 of Who’s Your Mama, a podcast dedicated to creative mamas! I’m hoping that the last 21 episodes, and the awesome mamas interviewed therein, have inspired you to give quality time to your authentic selves. You deserve it, mamas! (Full transcript available below show notes…)

 

Show Notes:

Nominate yourself (or another mama) to Be On The Show for Season 2 (or, shoot me an email at YourMamaPodcast [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sign up for my NEW “Inspiration Fix” email newsletter, for updates(and first-dibs FREEBIES!) from the forthcoming Who’s Your Mama Workbook for (Re)Discovery

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Binge-listen to Who’s Your Mama episodes

Listen and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

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Love the show? Support my efforts … for creative mamas everywhere!

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A relaxing hike and lovely family photo

Transcript:

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Episode 21: Kathleen Harper – certified life coach for mamas and author of The Well-Crafted Mom

SEASON ONE FINALE! A well-fed chat with Kathleen Harper – certified life coach for mamas and author of The Well-Crafted Mom*. We dust off expectations to reveal hope, discuss owning our feelings (and recognizing the root causes), shifting the “shoulds”  to wants and wishes, the importance of recharging first before jumping into what will feed your soul, reframing your brain and rescheduling your life and how forming connections with a tribe of mamas reveal more similarities than differences (not to mention, inspires camaraderie and healing):

*Send Kathleen an email at thewellcraftedmom@gmail.com to get your FREE copy of The Well-Crafted Mom

Listen on iTunes (and don’t forget to subscribe & leave a glowing review – it helps others find the show – here’s how!)

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Episode 20: Lisa Porter – CEO and founder of The Women’s Coaching Academy, and the newly rebranded Spark and Profit coaching company and companion podcast

An igniting chat with Lisa Porter – CEO and founder of The Women’s Coaching Academy and the newly rebranded Spark and Profit coaching company and companion podcast. We discuss starting (or ending) the day with yourself and your needs, the importance of designated work time and family time (and scheduled time off from both!), turning passions and skills into income on your own terms, making a plan (sticking to it not required), letting go of perfection and the magic of just doing it:

Listen on iTunes (and don’t forget to subscribe & leave a glowing review – it helps others find the show – here’s how!)

Follow Who’s Your Mama on Facebook and Twitter

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