Why The Mommies Network is THE Mommies Network
I was first introduced to The Mommies Network when I Googled “best nonprofits for mothers” four months ago. I read the mission and philosophy statements and knew I’d found the organization most deserving of my donation. I’d just finished writing my first book for new mothers and felt called to donate a portion of its profits. I didn’t know what to expect when I emailed Heather Fortune, the founder and president, but the events that unfolded soon after is the stuff of dreams. She set up a phone meeting to discuss my book just one week later and generously offered to endorse it through a review on Amazon and promote in within The Mommies Network chapters. Just when I thought I would literally pass out from happiness, she gave me more: Heather asked if I wanted to blog for the organization. As an aspiring writer who feels led to encourage mothers from all walks of life, I couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful gift.
One thing was made abundantly clear to me throughout my whirlwind experience with The Mommies Network: all mommy networks are not created equal. I’ve been burned by a few in the past when my son was under a year old – a time when I needed the support of other mothers the most. There were networks that made me feel like an outsider, someone who didn’t meet their membership criteria entirely. There were networks that required an unreasonable amount of money for a single income family. I’d about written them all off until I discovered TMN.
The reason I’m so passionate about helping mothers, new moms especially, is because some don’t seem to realize the resources at their disposal. There is a whole community of mothers just waiting to embrace you, listen to your concerns, and emphatically agree with you about the difficulty of it all. No other organization demonstrates this level of support more than The Mommies Network. This is an organization that believes so much in mothers and their positive contribution to society, that they offer memberships and services at no cost.
The remarkable treatment I received from TMN is nothing out of the ordinary. Heather has spent the past 14 years supporting mothers through what she calls “the exciting and terrifying world of motherhood”. The president of an organization with over 15,000 active members is in your corner. She wants to see you succeed; she wants you to reach your full potential. If that doesn’t encourage you, I don’t know what will.
When TMN says they want to help empower their members to be better women, mothers, and community leaders, they mean it. When they say they want to provide a safe and secure place for mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers, you can rest assured. Take it from me, a mother just like you, that The Mommies Network is all that it claims to be. It is my absolute privilege to be a part of it.
Eden Klinedinst is the author of Letters to New Moms: An Unusually Honest Look at the First Year. A portion of the profits will be donated to The Mommies Network.