Motherfields: Shared Workspaces For Moms

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 9:32am

UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 5:14am

New office concept lets moms work while children play.

A new Portland, Oregon 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 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."

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.

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