Frequently Asked Questions
About our Motherland Village program
Is Motherland Village designed for new mums only?
Not at all! It’s open to rural mums with kids of all ages, you just need to select the age category you are most interested in joining.
How does it differ from a traditional mothers group?
Unlike traditional mothers groups which are usually run by local Maternal Child Health Nurses, Motherland Village is facilitated by Steph online, with the focus purely on you developing relationships with other rural mums and supporting each other.
If you need support in certain areas of expertise such as breastfeeding, sleep and settling (etc), we can point you in the right direction to services that can support you.
Does joining the waitlist guarantee me a place?
No. Joining the waitlist ensures you get the first chance to enrol in your mothers group when places open for that age-group. You’ll be the first to know when enrolments open (via email notification) giving you the chance to secure your spot before places are advertised publicly.
How many rural mums are in each mother’s group?
Each group is capped at 10 women maximum. Spots are limited for this reason.
What do I need to join Motherland Village?
Internet, a mobile phone, and access to Facebook.
What happens if I have more than one child, which age group should I join?
Whichever age group you want! Pick one of your children’s ages bracket that you need the most support with which will connect you with rural mums with kids of a similar age.
How much time commitment will the Motherland Village program take?
Over the six-weeks, you will have 2 x 1 hour Zoom sessions facilitated by Steph. These two meetings are a critical part of the program and enable you to meet your group ‘face to face’ via video.
Other than those two sessions which are locked in at the start of the program, Motherland Village has been designed to be very flexible. You will be supported with weekly email check-ins from Steph including suggested icebreakers and activities for your group.
How will my group communicate?
In addition to Zoom calls, your group will have its own private Motherland Village Facebook group.
What can I expect to gain from the program?
Like anything, you get out what you put in and this will all depend on how engaged you are with your mother’s group.
If you’re eager to make meaningful connections and get to know the other rural mums as much as possible, please spend some time posting, chatting and getting to know them each week.
Can the two Zoom catch ups be rescheduled?
Unfortunately, no. They are scheduled in the evenings to allow members the best chance to attend with no distractions. When these two dates are locked in, please alert any support people you have so they can be around on those evenings to help with children if required.
These sessions are YOU time. It’s a commitment to yourself, and it’s a chance for you to invest in relationships with other mums.
What if I can’t get someone to look after my kids for our Zoom?
No problem! Our catch ups are very relaxed and family friendly. We understand unavoidable commitments pop up and your kids might need you. For younger children and babies, you might need to feed them, hold them or tend to them during our call, and they are absolutely welcome to join us!
Just please remember to pop your microphone on mute if you are not speaking so we can avoid background noise for your group.
Of course, if you really can’t make the call, then please let Steph know as soon as possible so we are not waiting for you unnecessarily.
Can my group arrange our own Zoom calls outside of the two Program ones?
Absolutely! We encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and catch up as much as you want to outside the two facilitated calls. The more chances you have to connect via video catch up, the better for your group’s relationship.
What happens after the six weeks are up?
When the official Program ends, your group is free to continue chatting and connecting privately. You may decide to continue communicating via your Facebook group, or you may opt to change platforms depending on what works best for your group (Eg create your own Whatsapp group). It’s really up to you.
Following the program’s end, a handover will take place for your Facebook group where Steph will leave the group permanently, and handover admin to other members.
What if I have other questions?
Feel free to email Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via an Instagram DM.
Where can I read the Motherland Village T&Cs?
You can find them here