For mothers who sense, “It’s not just me” and for organisations that value gender equity.
MGM works with individuals and organisations to develop and advocate for programs, policy, and planning that supports mothers and families to thrive.
MGM activities contribute to the definition and creation of mother-centred communities in Adelaide, South Australia.
Mission & Purpose
MGM is a social enterprise that advocates for gender equity and supports women’s matrescence. We do this by working with individuals and organisations to develop and advocate for programs, policy, and planning that supports mothers and families to thrive.
What is a social enterprise?
“Social enterprises are entities and organisations that are led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit, that trade to fulfill their mission, derive a substantial proportion of their income from trade, and reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus if any, in the fulfillment of their mission” – South Australian Social Enterprise Council (SASEC)
“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”.
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.
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.
MGM profits fund activism campaigns that align with our mission and matrescence support for mums who need it.
We create employment opportunities for mothers to support mothers and support female founders.
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