Handy References

Our ever growing list of resources to support your mothering and making   

The Mothering

Since MWM welcomes ALL mothers, for the most part the below resources are not the kind that tell you how to mother – that is up to you. They are books that support you to value what you are doing better.

First of all, the inspirations for MWM….in part it originated from these books, these women and these intiatives:

Photo: Viola Depcik

Photo: Viola Depcik

What Mothers Do, Especially When It Looks Like Nothing - by Naomi Stadlen

The Rainbow Way, Cultivating Creativity In The Midst of Motherhood - by Lucy Pearce

The amazing La Leche League, an international organization supporting and promoting breastfeeding, also shaped by peer-support, that began when a small group of women talked to one another at a picnic.


There are many other books that we have found inspiring along the way… 

Photo: Viola Depcik

Photo: Viola Depcik

The Gardener and The Carpenter by Alison Gopnik – a book about how new the use of ‘parenting’ as a verb is, and with it the dangers of feeling like there is a ‘right way’ to do it.

Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution – a wonderful and stirring read for all mothers, by Antonella Gambotto Burke

The Artist’s Way for Parents - by Julia Cameron

Tea and Toast: Poems for New Mums - by Anna Bosworth

If there are other books or resources that have supported you and that you would like to see shared here please let us know. You can email us at info@motherswhomake.org 



Resources and references for creative mothers:

Photo:: Viola Depcik

Photo:: Viola Depcik

The Wonderful Artist in Residence in Motherhood programme

PIPA. Parents in the Performing Arts: A campaign group working for better working conditions for carers in the theatre sector

Procreate: a project to support artist-mothers

MOTHERWORKS: a platform for a range of perspectives on maternal mental health and our experience of motherhood.

Raising Films. Working to support families in the film industry


Companies with family-friendly practices:

In Our Hands Theatre - Babas Song 2018

In Our Hands Theatre - Babas Song 2018

Aboo Theatre - based in Manchester

In Our Hands Theatre - based in Bristol

Improbable and their Open Space programme, Devoted and Disgruntled - Improbable are MWM’s partner company

Les Femmes Ridicule -based in Manchester

Notnow Collective - in Birmingham

Prams in the Hall - in London

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home - Lena Simic in Liverpool


If you have a resource or company that you would like to see added to this list please get in touch: info@motherswhomake.org