Middle Ground Motherhood

Creating Mother-Centred Communities.

Middle Ground Motherhood supports you to make positive changes for yourself, your family and your community.

We’re a social enterprise that advocates for gender equity and supports women’s matrescence.

We work with individuals and organisations in Adelaide, South Australia, to develop and advocate for programs, policy, and planning that supports mothers and families to thrive.

“Matrescence refers to the complete transformation of a woman as she moves through motherhood” – Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

Matrescence (pronounced like Adolescence) – the process of becoming a mother.

Group of three women chatting, one with baby in a carrier.

“A theory of matrescence provides a lens for mothers of all kinds to identify, explore, cope with and shape their destinies according to their own individual differences”

Dr Aurlie Athan

Why is this work important?

One in two mothers report experiencing discrimination in the workplace at some point during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work.

One in five mothers have been made redundant, restructured, dismissed, or their contract was not renewed because of their pregnancy, when they requested or took parental leave, or when they returned to work.

Australian Human Rights Commission (2014)

One in three Australian women identify their birth experience as traumatic.

Australasian Birth Trauma Association (2021)

One in five mothers of children aged 24 months or less had been diagnosed with depression.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in the first 12 months after birth for Australian mothers.

The Conversation (2019)

96% of mothers initiate breastfeeding. After that, exclusive breastfeeding rates drop off. Less than half of babies are still being exclusively breastfed to 3 months and less than one quarter to 5 months.

Australian Breastfeeding Association (2010)

Domestic and family violence often begins during pregnancy or, if violence already existed, increases in severity during pregnancy and into the first month of motherhood.

Australian Institute of Family Studies (2015)

Australia has the least generous statutory Paid Parental Leave scheme amoungst OECD nations; men continue to take less than 5% of parental leave in Australia.

Advancing Parental Leave Equality Network (2021)

Australian parents pay the fourth-most expensive out-of-pocket fees for childcare in the world.

Grattan Institute (2020)

80% of those with urinary incontinence in the community are women. Over half of these are aged under 50 years.

Continence Foundation of Australia (2021)

Separated-mother-headed families have the highest rates of poverty of any Australian family type, with 32% living below the poverty line.

ACOSS and UNSW Sydney (2018)

Mothers spend twice as many hours each week looking after children under 15, compared to fathers.

ABS (2017)

Older women are the fastest-growing group of homeless people in recent years.

Australian Human Rights Commission (2019)

Average superannuation payouts for women are around half those of men. As a result, women are more likely to experience poverty in their retirement years and be far more reliant on the Age Pension.

Australian Human Rights Commission (2009)

Together we can create a Mother-Centred Community.


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Middle Ground Motherhood acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country. We live, work and play on Kaurna Country on the Adelaide Plains in South Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.