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Motherly exists for one big reason and many little reasons. Our big one? To redefine motherhood for this generation of women.

Liz and I conceived Motherly because while embarking on our personal journeys of motherhood, we never found a place where we felt like we belonged. We didn't see modern motherhood represented in an authentic, inspiring way. It just didn't exist.

So we created Motherly for mothers everywhere because we saw a space and a need for it. We knew we wanted to create a platform where we could inform, inspire and empower other mothers—and each other.

We've created a rich, engaging online community with mamas all over the world through our website and social media platforms. But the release of This Is Motherhood marks a really special and exciting moment for us as a company and community. This is a critical inflection point for us—we have tons of articles and classes online—but this is the first physical representation of Motherly. The first of many products down the line.

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We are currently supporting moms who are navigating hundreds of pain points of motherhood through our content, and our vision has always included a plan to complement that content with products.

So this is the beginning of that next stage for us. (I guess our baby is now a toddler!)

We're on our mamas' phones and in her heart—we know this because we are energized every day by the love letters of appreciation we get ( thank you!)—and now we hope to be in her home.

There's something to be said for an offline connection with each other. It feels intimate and personal like we're deepening our relationship with one another. This step is so important for us as co-founders, for our employees (many of whom are contributing authors in the book) and for each and every mama who has ever read an article on Motherly. We exist for one another and through one another. We really are in this together.

The book itself is our anthem: THIS is motherhood. It's giving birth, it's signing adoption papers, it's parenting a child with special needs, it's single motherhood, it's figuring out how to be a #twinmom, it's postpartum anxiety, it's leaning on your village, it's healing after miscarriage. It's raw and relatable. It's challenging and beautiful. This Is Motherhood is a powerful statement, and we have the emotionally-rich stories from over 40 beautifully talented authors to back it up.

These are stories I hope you're able to read over and over. I envision you making a cup of coffee or tea and stealing some alone time where you can sit with these women and connect with their words.

I hope this book is a refuge where you can slow down and reflect. Or where you can find a moment to celebrate your strengths. Our end-of-chapter practices are designed to encourage introspection—a safe place for you to work through anything that's weighing heavy on your heart.

I wrote a lot of my chapter introductions and essays while traveling for work. I'm not sure why flying on a plane brings out my creative side (maybe it's because my emotions are heightened in the sky?) but I'm glad it did. I'm beyond thrilled to be part of something so special.

I hope this book becomes a gift from one mom friend to another. I hope that a new mama reads through it and feels so excited for what's to come. I hope this is a book a woman buys when she's going through something difficult and needs to feel less alone. I hope this is something a daughter may give her mother so she can look back and relive the years she, too, was in the trenches.

I think, more than anything, I hope that whoever owns this book will be able to go back to it over and over. Whether she needs to feel connected in her vulnerability, empowered in her choices or calmed in a moment of overwhelm—I want this book to be there for her.

We've worked hard to put this collection together and we hope you absolutely love it. Thanks for being on #TeamMotherly—we couldn't do this without your inspiration.

By moms, for moms—order your copy of This is Motherhood today.

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A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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