Founder, Monique Hemmingson, shares how Moon Mama has come to be and what she hopes you can gain from using this space.
This is harder than I thought.
Five little words, that have likely and unwelcomingly, entered a new Mother’s mind at some point. Five little words that come heavy, loaded and shrouded in guilt.
They say it is the expectations that get you, and I whole heartedly agree. But as new parents, living in today’s society with polished social media feeds and weighty expectations surrounding post-partum, how are we really supposed to have a realistic expectation? They talk about the joy of breastfeeding and undeniable bond of Motherhood circles, but not about the bleeding nipples, mastitis or tongue ties. Not about the mind-altering sleep deprivation and isolation.
And as I bare my heart to you here, every part of my body feels etched with guilt. My husband and I like many, had a long, heartbreaking journey in growing a healthy little babe, who we of course, absolutely adore and have immense gratitude for; so, saying these negative things beyond the safe quarters of my household or friends circle can feel a bit like treason. But I am saying them. I hope that they start important conversation for other Mothers out there who may be doing it tough.
Prior to this current season of life I worked summers to travel the world. I owned Wild One Wholefoods, a café in beautiful Mount Maunganui, during my pregnancy I wrote the bulk of my debut book Wild Kinship, Conversations with Conscious Entrepreneurs. In short, my days were dictated on my own terms. From sipping herbal teas in the Byron Hinterlands over lengthily conversations with ethical small business owners, road tripping the Tutukaka Coastline to visit a natural soap studio, mapping my way around Sydney to find an urban farm or nestling into the tree lined streets of Auckland’s Grey Lynn to talk about organic cotton farmers in India.
It is however, these passions and experiences combined that has founded Moon Mama.
From this platform I hope Mothers will feel supported, inspired, educated and a sense of community. I hope to share and champion brands who are working hard to create a better offering- one that makes our world a healthier, kinder, safer place. I hope that we can buy better quality or less, share more, and put less into landfill. And I hope that is starts conversations or evokes a new level of care for all of the above.
I am so thankful you are here, and I hope that you will come along on this journey with me, that together we can build something beautiful.
I am so excited to share this fortnights beautiful journal with Charlotte from The Living Doula. Many of us have heard the term 'doula' but I've found many Mama's are still a little unsure of the immeasurable support they can offer us, from fertility, pregnancy, birth and into our post natal period, on this often challenging journey. Here, Charlotte shares her take on this important role and offers some very important lessons we should all be taking stock of, mother or not.
We are honoured to welcome Nature Baby to our journal this month. As kind as they are clever, Jacob and Georgia Faull, founders of world renowned baby-wear brand Nature Baby are in a league of their own, paving the way for ethical and organic business. A wee ways back I sat down with the dynamic duo for my book Wild Kinship; Conversations with Conscious Entrepreneurs and am excited to be sharing 5 questions for 5 minutes about this incredible brand and the work that they do.