‘Mothers Meeting is a collective, a community, a welcoming space for women, because motherhood is hard. When you wake up and feel really sad for no reason, even though you’ve got a healthy child, only another mother could understand that. So, it’s really important to have a platform where you can vent, whether it’s how you didn’t sleep the night before, or because you’ve got a business idea and don’t know how to make it happen. Having that group of women around you – who are ready to listen and give you feedback – empowers mothers to be the best version of themselves. ‘The idea for Mothers Meeting came from my heart. It wasn’t about making money, it was about making friends. I gave birth to my first baby, Sonny, when I was 28, and had no idea that having a child would change anything. I didn’t realise motherhood would be so hard, or that I’d be so lonely. So, I thought, I’ve got to do something about this. I looked in Time Out for an exhibition that I wanted to go to, but knew if I just said I was going, I’d end up watching The Jeremy Kyle Show in my pyjamas and feeling sorry for myself. So, because I’m a graphic designer, I designed a poster [inviting others] to go to the exhibition and put it on social media. Then I had to go, in case someone else turned up. One person came to the first one, and that was the beginning of Mothers Meeting. I started a blog and it grew organically; [it seemed there were] more and more women who wanted to be mums, but also didn’t want it to be the end of their lives.
‘Mothers Meeting has been my saviour; it’s like my fourth child. I’ve got three children: Sonny is nine, Jasmine is five and Sky is two, and each time I’ve had a newborn, I’ve found motherhood lonely in different ways. When Jasmine was eight months old and Sonny was five, their dad cheated on me and left, so Mothers Meeting became my best friend in a way, and it has changed and evolved with me. ‘We’ve hosted more than 500 Mothers Meeting events now. We have our meet-ups for Soho House members, we do events for brands from Netflix to Estée Lauder, and we have an online group with about 200 members. It’s full of so many different types of women. One of the things I was really psyched about before I had my first baby, was meeting people who worked in different jobs beyond the industry that I was operating in. As a graphic designer working in streetwear, I was going to the same type of events people from all different walks of life when I had a baby. I think a lot of mum groups are very white and very middle class, but Mothers Meeting has always been diverse. Our Instagram [page] is full of quotes you can relate to, whatever your age or background. I try to find our common ground.