Keeping Mum is a online space where motherless mums can share stories, thoughts and general musings, on motherhood without a mum. It’s a very personal project close to heart of it’s founder Charlotte Rivers. Following the overwhelming response she received to article she wrote for Motherland in early 2016 about the effect the loss of her mother (10 years previously) had had on her when she gave birth to her son, she recognised the need for motherless mums to have a space where they could come together to seek comfort and reassurance, and share their feelings and thoughts.
Encouraged by fellow mums who had also written on the subject, including Georgie Fuller, Katie Nixon and Kate Peers, she decided to set up Keeping Mum. The site launched in July 2016 with stories from a handful of wonderful mums from around the world. Today it continues to grow and has achieved exactly what Charlotte hoped it would which was to create a community in which women feel comfortable sharing their experiences and feelings on the subject of navigating the endlessly winding path of motherhood without their own mums in their lives.
A huge thank you goes out to all the mums who have shared their stories here. If we help just one more motherless mum feel less alone in her feelings of grief, loss, or longing, then we have accomplished what we set out to achieve.
If you’d like to share your story please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You // KM