PORTLAND - A new Portland 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 on Northeast Sacramento Avenue and what she s grown is a place where Moms are making friends and meeting deadlines.
I wanted a place where Moms could drop in and get some work done and know their child is safe.
For $4 an hour, moms rent a desk and for$6 an hour, their children under the age of 3 are supervised.
I don t know why someone didn t think of this before, said Summer Collier. She s 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.
Zoe is the mother of an almost 2-year-old who is building a career as an artist. With the child care here this has just been invaluable, she said.
For Jami, who s a counselor, it s about avoiding distractions. I could do this paperwork at home but I won t. I would find something else to do.
The owner 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 explained.
It 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.
Mom Tara Lilley agreed
I look forward to coming here every week and getting a break. It s what the owner had in mind. I wanted to create a living room for moms to come together.
She believes it s the only co-working space of its kind in the country and hopes to create more.
This is the dream, she said looking around her first location, I would love to be able to provide this to any mom who feels isolated and needs it.