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.

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