What is the Caribbean Mummies Group?
The Caribbean Mummies Group gives support to existing and expectant Caribbean mothers through online message boards, in person playgroups, lectures and events. One of the most important things about this group is that everyone is a verified member through interviews or through knowing another member. We believe that this creates a safe and respectful environment that allows mums to know that they are interacting with a group of women that are all in it for the same reason. Pregnancy and child rearing is truly a special time but it also comes with many questions, pressures, worry and even feelings of isolation. We want to help provide information and create that supportive environment that all new mums need. Our hope is that many lasting friendships will be made in this community.
Why Caribbean Mummies group was created
While the core tenets of motherhood will always remain the same each generation has to deal with its own unique challenges and demands.
Through the advancement of technology, our generation has greater access to information and education, particularly around safety and healthy lifestyle choices. The challenge however is finding the right balance between being an informed and effective parent versus driving ourselves crazy trying to create the environment we want for our children.
Over the past few years the explosion of social media platforms has helped us stay connected to family and friends but sadly this has brought additional challenges. Most women can agree that the images of mothers that they see or sometimes even the images that they portray, aren’t always in line with reality. Behind those beautiful pictures, every mother is going through the same thing. Sleepless nights with a child that has croup, emotionally and physically exhausted because your baby isn’t latching, toddler not eating or throwing a tantrum, feelings of sadness post birth…the list goes on and on.
There are many Mummies that now live abroad and don’t have the community that they once had when living in the Caribbean. It can be an extremely emotional experience being far from home raising children.
Finally we also see Caribbean mothers online complaining about things that should be improved for our children locally. Healthier food options in schools, more stop signs in the streets, sexual predators. We need a voice. As a collective group we have more power to lobby to make changes that benefit our children.