For mothers who sense, “It’s not just me” and for organisations that value gender equity.

“In recent months, Australian women have called out the terrible treatment they experience at the hands of systems that abuse them, blame them and silence them. As a new mother, my peers and I have come up against systems that make us feel like failures. As a second time mum, I see now we aren’t failing, the systems are, and the statistics confirm it. Here I reflect on the many ways new mums are left without the support they need to thrive, despite evidence being available on how to improve outcomes for mothers, families and the wider community”.

 

-Sarah Cleggett

Founder of Middle Ground Motherhood

Meet the team:

Hello, I’m Sarah

I am a mother of two inquisitive and loving little boys.

I have 15 years of experience as a social worker and social planner in both government and community-based settings.

I established MGM in September 2021 and now I’m a social entrepreneur. A title I am still growing into!

In my professional life, I started social work in drug and alcohol services, and psychiatric in-patient environments. Those early work settings confirmed to me how damaging the structural barriers in our society can be to the lives of vulnerable people and the importance of creating a supportive community. It confirmed for me the need for a social justice perspective in public policy.

I’ve since worked in local government, assessing and managing grants, delivering community projects, conducting social planning and developing social policy. Some of my highlights have included:

  • Helping a community garden to flourish
  • Growing a lifelong learning group for older people
  • Establishing a movie series with a volunteer team to bring classic cinema to the community
  • Supporting an advisory panel made up of people with lived experience of disability.
  • I am a trained breastfeeding educator and have facilitated groups for new mothers since 2018.
  • To further develop my understanding of matrescence and how to best support women during their transition to motherhood, I have undertaken training with Amy Taylor-Kabbaz and Katherine Eden.

I am completing a Master of Politics and Policy, with a research focus on improving outcomes for mothers in early motherhood and beyond.

 

WHO ELSE?

Currently, I work with a range of community partners for my activism.

I engage team members from project to project.

In 2023 I plan to grow my Women’s Circle facilitator team. Watch this space!

Pregnant then screwed.

This is the title of the manifesto I wrote on my blog in August 2021. I first wrote the piece in April 2021, after attending the March for Justice and being fed up with how women and mothers are treated in Australia. I looked for a place to have it published and didn’t find one, so the idea of MGM was born.

Strategic Plan

The overarching goal for 2023 is for MGM to generate profit to fund effective activism campaigns.

matrescence support

consultancy services

activism campaigns

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