"I found the writing cathartic and it deepens my interrogation of myself, bringing out things that otherwise might have remained hidden."
"The importance of being able to share, in a supportive, relaxed and intimate situation, the experiences of motherhood must not be underestimated."
"It made me feel like my experiences, although hard, were perfectly normal and that there is more than one way to deal with things."
"I feel that it has really benefited me and my baby through explaining what motherhood means and having a laugh about some of the problems I am experiencing."
"A valuable forum for discussing issues that are often ignored or hidden."
"I would like to join this sort of group again, as I learn about the culture as well."
"A nice breath of fresh air. You find you’re not alone, that all mothers have similar experiences."
"I loved this project – I wish it went on for longer."
"A survival group for mothers."
"New mums desperately need space and time and support. Their needs often get lost when a new baby demands so much. But to be the best parents they can be, they should get that support."
"This has been the most worthwhile time I’ve spent going to groups. It has made me feel more empowered as a mum and that there is a community."
"A group properly for the mother is essential to a mother’s sanity and well-being."
"Helped tap into my creative self."
"Great to have a forum to be frank and open with other mums and discuss real issues."
"An excellent opportunity for new mothers to come together and share their experiences of motherhood – very different to more ‘traditional’ mother/parent groups."
"Sessions were more friendly and informal than I expected. This is a unique idea and one that can be developed and shared by many."
"Felt like a really safe space to discuss ourselves. Supportive, safe environment – good to know you are not alone."
"Mums absolutely need groups like this!"
"An experience that unites mothers, strengthens bonds with their babies and families and starts mini-revolutions. Truly worthwhile."
"A thoughtful, sensitive project which stirs up a wide range of emotions and allows a busy mum an open space to reflect upon her experiences."
"Hugely beneficial and rewarding for me. A cathartic experience. It allowed me to focus my thoughts and relax."
"Really appreciated having time dedicated to thinking about my experiences."
"This project has been such a turning point for me overcoming problems I had resulting from childbirth and getting to grips with motherhood. I would recommend it to everyone and feel so thankful for this opportunity."
"Helped me say some of the things that are difficult and challenging."
"Being able to create gives me a sense of excitement."
"A great way to think about how I feel being a mother and to compare notes. Well-run and well thought through."
"Invaluable conversations that can help and put at ease a first-time mother."
"Extremely useful as a new mum to get to grips with the experience of birth and having a new-born baby. Books are ok but talking to real people is far better."
"Nice way to relax and discover that everyone has the same ‘mummy issues’ regardless of background and circumstances."
"Absolutely essential for me as a mum, just felt so vital to take stock of my experiences and understand what other mothers are going through. Workshops were wonderful – fantastic not to feel so alone in this."
"There isn’t enough support for new mums. There are plenty of baby groups, but not mum groups. Invaluable to exchange and explore common experience creatively in a safe space."
"It has enabled me to respect the work I do as a mother through sharing with others."
"A really good opportunity to share stories in a supportive environment."
"The opportunity to meet other mothers to share moments of glory and madness can’t be overstated."
"A valuable chance to speak about some of the aspects of becoming a new mother that are hard to speak about or even to process and understand."