"A truly valuable experience which pulled me from the brink of post natal depression..."
How did we begin?
Following the birth of her child in 2004 Maggie Gordon-Walker felt isolated, panicky and lonely and wanted a group that focused on the mother, not the child…
Wanting to help other local mums Maggie founded Mothers Uncovered in 2008 as a project for registered charity Livestock.
The groups and workshops have expanded to cover Brighton & Hove and Worthing, supporting mums in various stages of parenthood.
How do we help mothers?
Hundreds of women have attended our creative support groups focused on the mother, rather than the baby. The groups are all facilitated by past participants.
We give women the chance to talk openly and honestly, without fear of judgement, and to celebrate and mark this point in their lives. Mothers often feel sidelined and have difficulty expressing feelings in a way that can also be creative.
Participants explore their experiences through art, writing, singing or mindfulness. This helps build self-esteem and validate a woman’s perspective. It also brings the often hidden nature of motherhood into the open.
Participants say attending has helped their health and well-being by reducing feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression, making them feel like they can better cope with the demands of motherhood.
What's the idea behind Mothers Uncovered?
We support women in matrescence, a term meaning the transition of a woman into motherhood. Recorded figures show post-natal illness affects up to 100,000 women in the UK every year. However, many are unable to admit to feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness and suffer in silence.
There are many mum and baby groups, but these are often informal drop-ins, not suitable for discussing painful issues. Post-natal depression groups can carry a stigma of ‘not coping’; and a fear that someone is keeping tabs on you. We do our best to stem the gap between these extremes. In matrescence, it is completely normal to be blissfully happy one minute and in the depths of despair the next.
“The importance of being able to share, in a supportive, relaxed and intimate situation, the experiences of motherhood must not be underestimated.” Participant