This weekend sees the re-launch of The Mum Club (TMC) from Jessica Lawes and Lauren Webber who established the business in 2016 after they found themselves lonely and isolated, travelling around the country following their husband’s international rugby careers. Today, TMC is one of the UKs leading events companies for people who ‘happen to have children’ attended by the likes of Frankie Bridge, Christine Lampard, Portia Prince, Megan Rose Lane, Connie Simmonds, Jade (Mother of all adventures) and Katie Impey (The Mum Life Styled).
Our survey says…
No, it's not a game of family fortunes. The Mum Club spoke to over 600 mums from their 64K network and found out that…
89% of mums felt lonely at least once since giving birth.
*With 40% saying they feel lonely, either most or all of the time.
A startling 51% of women who felt loneliness said they couldn't speak to anyone about it.
85% of mums experienced low feelings, extreme sadness, anxiety or depression after giving birth.
*With 1 being the lowest. 32% of these women marked their feeling as 7 or above in terms of extremity.
Shockingly, only 8% of women feel there is enough support for mums.
89% of mums felt anxious in the last year.
*60% said it was a frequent experience, and 29% said it was the first time they'd ever felt anxious.
53% of mums rated their self-esteem lower than 5 in the first 6 months of motherhood. (*based on a scale of 1-10)
*47% of these mums didn't feel they could talk to anyone about it.
Surprisingly, only 8% of women said they felt there wasn't a stigma attached to feeling depressed or low.
Overwhelmed and forgotten were two of the most popular words used to describe how mums have been treated in the pandemic.
89% of mums said they felt hesitant to moan about their pandemic experience because others were suffering more.
The Mums biggest worry for their children is that they're lonely.
But with little support around, The Mum Club has partnered with postnatal support specialists PANDAS and leading Psychotherapist Emmy Brunner for the launch of its brand-new platform this March.
New ways The Mum Club is supporting mums
Aiming to increase connectivity and empower parents everywhere. TMC has a shiny new site, an online forum, exciting virtual events and fresh franchise opportunities.
· A slick new e-zine. Tackling all manner of topics from fashion to parenting taboos.
· A forum. A space that will connect parents and help them answer all those mum-conundrums – 'especially the ones you have at 2am'.
· A virtual events series. Helping women through this unusual time, this exciting online series of events continues with; "How can I stop my kids making me look older?!", hosted by leading facialist Michaella Bolder and "Will I ever sleep again", hosted by sleep expert Rosey Davidson @Just Chill Mama.
· Career opportunities. You can now host your own TMC club and join their ever-growing team of nationwide clubs. TMC are now offering more parents the chance to become a part of the business. This exciting franchise opportunity enables a new career path as well as supporting flexible working patterns.
"We found there wasn't anything that spoke to us as women after we had children. It's one of the main reasons we created TMC", says The Mum Club founders Lauren Webber and Jessica Lawes.
The pair adds, "With 89% of mums saying they felt lonely at least once since giving birth. It's important that now, more than ever, we look after each other".
Working with PANDAS
In the last year, PANDAS has noted a rise of 150% in requests for help. Plus, calls to their helpline have increased by a whopping 240%. In response to this, TMC has pledged to make PANDAS their 2021 charity of choice, and they will be supporting them with donations and helping to raise awareness for the foundation.
*PANDAS provide free support services for parents struggling with their perinatal mental health. Their free helpline (0808 1961 776) offers support Mon-Fri. They offer peer to peer support for every parent, with lived, work and academic experience best placed to support families in their times of need. For more information, head to www.pandasfoundation.org.uk
Annie Belasco, Head of Charity at PANDAS says, “We are delighted to be joining hands with these superb women who have set up TMC. Driven by their experiences in parenting, to create a strong network of mums who can help each other. Through their information and motivation this is a great new beginning for parents who feel lonely and want to connect with others in their parenting journey”.
Why it's vital, we support mums
The sole purpose of The Mum Club is to try and eradicate feelings of loneliness and isolation. Founders Jessica and Lauren started the club back in 2016 because they discovered the level of care for new mums was seriously lacking.
"We'd go to these baby classes, and while they were entertaining for the children, we'd leave having spoken to no-one and feeling emptier in a way. This experience drove us to create TMC - because we didn't want anyone to ever feel like that".
"We feel it's essential to reach out to other mums and make sure they feel spoken to. Our end goal is that wherever you are in the country, a TMC group will exist - online or in person. We want yo
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