Here’s an interview with Amie Foster of Mum Amie. She is the owner and founder of Mum Amie and has done a really great job in providing a user friendly platform for Moms to interact and befriend each other, through her wonderful idea of ‘Mum Amie‘.
Let’s know more about her and get inspired through this interview that she agreed to do with ‘Being Mumma’.
1. Tell us something about yourself.
I have three children – Susie (aged 6), Freddy (aged 1.5) and my second daughter, Grace, was born with a serious heart defect and passed away after 24 hours. As well as looking after my kids full-time and running the Mum Amie website, I volunteer for a children’s heart charity called Tiny Tickers. I love reading, writing and listening to talk radio.
2. What’s Mum Amie about and how did this wonderful and unique idea strike you?
Mum Amie is a mum friendship website where mums can find other mums in their local area for friendship, advice and support. It works a bit like a dating website in that members are asked a series of questions and then are matched up with other mums who have similar interests, schedules and circumstances.
The idea came about when I was looking for mum friends of my own. When I had Susie, I was the first of my friends to have a baby so I didn’t know any other parents. I was also a single mum. Having been used to working full time and having an active social life, I became very lonely and felt extremely isolated because I was spending every day alone with my baby. After a while, I decided I needed to find some mum friends and so I registered with a popular parenting website and posted a message on the meet-a-mum board. I didn’t expect to have any replies, but ended up meeting about twenty other mums. Some have become lifelong friends and some I had little in common with. That’s when the idea of creating a website where mums could be matched up with like-minded mums came about. It took about five years from having the idea to actually doing it!
3. Which kind of moms is it best suited for and how can they benefit from it?
Any mums! We welcome any and all mums to our community. The aim is to help mums find and connect with each other. These connections are so important because no one can understand you like a fellow mum.
4. What’s in there for kids?
We have an events section where anyone can list events (business, charity, local classes and groups etc). We’re still developing this but hopefully mums will be able to find out what’s on in their area.
5. Tell us more about the Chat feature of Mum Amie.
Mums can chat with each other or form groups and chat within the group. Each time someone sends you a message, you will receive an email notification.
6. Which are the upcoming events on Mum Amie?
We don’t have any events that we have organized, we just hope to help mums connect with each other individually and then create their own meet-ups. Eventually though, I would like to organize some Mum Amie meet-ups in different areas.
7. Please share with us some unique or memorable experiences that you’ve had while dealing with Mums through Mum Amie.
There are so many! I have received so many messages from mums that have been feeling isolated and then used the website to make good friends. Those are the nicest kind of messages to receive as it makes all of the hard work worthwhile.
8. How to you plan to expand this in the future?
Initially, the plan is to carry on spreading the word and reaching more mums. We then would like to expand the website to include dads, create an app and set up some events.
9. I am from India and would love to suggest including Mums from India too on the Mum Amie group. What do you think?
I would love more Indian mums who live in the UK to join Mum Amie. Any suggestions as to how I could reach them would be most appreciated! If any mums from the Being Mumma community have ideas of how I can reach more UK-based, Indian mums please let me know, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.
As for expanding the website outside of the UK, India is my first choice of where to go next!
10. What message would you like to give to all the beautiful Mums of the ‘Being Mumma‘ fraternity?
I firmly believe that having a great tribe of mum friends really helps you through motherhood. Without the help, support, advice and fun I have shared with my mum friends, I don’t think I would be where I am today. So if you are feeling lonely, I would urge you to step out of your comfort zone and start meeting other mums – at baby groups, classes, online – whichever way you find the most comfortable.
And my other message to all mums is – you’re doing a great job!