These are small weekly meetings where mothers can sit with their babies and talk. Talking may sound like a luxury for a new mother. But it isn’t. Few jobs, other than motherhood, leave us so alone, so unsupported, but with so much responsibility.
When we become mothers, we enter a new world. There is plenty to talk about and plenty to share. Most of all, we discover the power of understanding one another. This helps us to return home feeling stronger and more confident as mothers.
Mothers Talking differs from a spontaneous chat between friends. Its structure encourages conversation to develop. Herbal tea and biscuits are provided, and there are toys for the babies. Babies usually enjoy the meetings too.
Mothers Talking meets on Thursdays, 10.00-11.30am, at the Active Birth Centre, 25 Bickerton Road, London N19 5JT.
For details of cost and concessions, please click here to contact Naomi Stadlen.
There is now a second Mothers Talking group on Monday afternoons,
2.00-3.30pm. Venue: Born, 168 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JL.
'I often think about Mothers Talking. Mothers seem to me to be little islands adrift, but Mothers Talking made me feel more respected and less alone.'
‘Mothers Talking has taught me to listen to my own natural instincts about what is right for me and my children, and likewise it has taught me not to judge others and what is right for them.’
‘I’ve been to other mother-and-baby groups, but none was as supportive, explorative and life-enhancing as Mothers Talking.’
'I've always got a tremendous amount from coming to Mothers Talking. It seems to be the only place where it's so easy to talk frankly about the ups and downs of motherhood and be confident of being heard and understood.'
‘I so much enjoyed coming to Mothers Talking. In the early months after my baby was born it was the focus of my week. It was the only "me” time where I could be in a social group where my mothering was understood and supported. Slowly I felt myself growing into a mother who was not perfect but true to myself.’
‘Mothers Talking is a very special place. My daughter loves playing with the other children while I get a chance to relax and take a minute to consider what has gone well or poorly in the last week. I find it a unique and healing environment that expands my understanding of what it is to be a mother.'
‘Although Mothers Talking offers a mine of information, above all, it’s a warm and thoughtful (and comfy) place for me to work out ways of being loving and respectful towards my son.’
Emmanuel, Eileen’s son (aged 27 months)
‘C’est bien à Mothers Talking!’
‘It’s good to be at Mothers Talking!’