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Old 01-15-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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"Motherfields" -progressive idea for working moms!

Here's the website: http://motherfields.com/

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PORTLAND, Ore. A new Portland area business caters to moms struggling with working at home while raising an infant or toddler. It's called Motherfields.

"The vision I had when I started was just a field of flowers," said owner Kathryn Bereman-Skelly.

Her field is a simple office space and what she's grown is a place where moms are making friends and meeting deadlines.

"I wanted a place where moms could just get comfortable, they could drop in and get some work done and know their child is safe," Bereman-Skelly said.

For $4 an hour, moms rent a desk; and for $6 an hour, their children under the age of 3 are supervised while they work.

"I don't know why someone didn't think of this before," said Summer Collier, an acupuncturist with an active daughter. "She checks on me but then goes back with the other kids because that's way more fun than watching mom work."

Bereman-Skelly came up with the concept after 10 years as a therapist specializing in the mental well-being of women.

"Being a mom is really isolating at times, especially when you have a very young child or if you're working from home," she explains.


That's why, along with the workspace, Motherfields also offers support groups including one for moms with infants.

"Probably the best thing is seeing: I'm not the only one who doesn't know what I'm doing, and that eventually it comes," remarked Katie Mansfield, who participates in a support group.

Mom Tara Lilley agreed. "I look forward to coming here every week and getting a break."

In fact, that's exactly what the owner had in mind. She believes it's the only co-working space of its kind in the country and hopes to create more.

"This is the dream," Bereman-Skelly said, looking around her first location, "I would love to be able to provide this to any mom who feels isolated and needs it."

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I love this. What an amazing way to support working moms. I hope she can grow this to more cities.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:05 AM   #3
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Ohhhhh, I so wish there was one of these near me.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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Ooooh, a wonderful idea. FRANCHISE! Franchise it now!
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Wow. Awesome.
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We have places like this since the .com boom. There's a handful of them around here.
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That is an awesome concept. I wish I could work like that but I am hands on with clients and cannot do my job without being hands on. I am glad people are getting this type of thing started.
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If there was something like this near me I would be all over it. I work a home ad a writer but I just recently took an office writing position part time because i am turning into a bear being with my kids all the time and trying to work around their needs and schedules. What a fantastic idea.
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I love reading about this here. This is my friend from high school who started this!
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