The mainstream image of Mothers’ Day is a never-changing scene – fluffy slippers and dressing-gowns, a steaming cuppa, angelic and well-groomed little people clamouring, a devoted husband overseeing delivery of hot breakfast.
Yet the ever-evolving realities of motherhood couldn’t be more diverse, or less fluffy!
At Babes, we are constantly awed by the mountain-moving mamas growing and transforming their roles in big and small business, in leadership, in activism, and at home.
So this Mother's Day, we're determined to celebrate, discuss, and empower motherhood in all its forms – alongside mothers from all walks of life. And you're invited!
On Friday, 11 May 2018, join us for our inaugural Rewriting Motherhood forum, a one-day event for mothers to engage, network, and share their experiences and their inspiration.
At Waterman Business Centre at Caribbean Park (44 Lakeview Dr, Scoresby), the forum will feature high-profile mothers Jamila Rizvi (journalist and author of Not Just Lucky and The Motherhood) and Emma Race (ABC Grandstand presenter and creator of Help Me Help You app).
With all the beautiful attention-to-detail that Babes events are famous for, the inspiring lineup also includes a panel conversation with Melbourne mothers doing great things, led by ABC Babytalk podcast presenter Penny Johnston.
Plus there's plenty of time for lunch, refreshments, networking and community-building - and some big announcements from your favourite mama-loving not-for-profit!
As our long-time followers would have noticed, the Rewriting Motherhood forum shares a name with the book we published last year, to share the inspiring stories of 10 mothers who were empowered through our unique perinatal program.
We're still so proud of that book, and of how we empower mamas to make their own story, and tell it.
Our founder and managing director Helen Parker knows the unique perspective these mums, and our organisation, can share on the many challenges of early motherhood, and the supports and mindsets crucial to empowering women as mothers and in life.
“Women from all walks of life experience crisis pregnancy, and struggle with the challenges of motherhood – but The Babes Project is proof that better preparation, better support networks, and developing confidence will see these mothers thrive, in their motherhood and in life,” Helen said.
“And for every mother, hearing about those mountains moved – and even tough days survived! – is so important to finding their own rhythms of motherhood, and mission outside of the home.”
Tickets are just $77 for the 10am – 2pm event, and the exciting opportunity is capped at just 80 guests, and expected to sell out.
Babes-in-arms are welcome, and you'll be able to stock up on our Rewriting Motherhood book, and both of Jamila's inspiring titles, on the day.