By Agrippina Fadel
When Nicole Cumberbatch gave birth to her son in 2017, she struggled with finding a balance between her corporate career identity, postpartum anxiety, and a life with a newborn.
While looking for answers, she created a podcast called Mamas Know Best, We Got Something to Say, which later became The Motherhood Village Podcast.
After finding her voice and audience, Cumberbatch is now organizing the first Motherhood Village Summit, on Saturday, October 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Home2Suites | Tru by Hilton in Pompano Beach.
“I am excited about the summit because it’s something I have wanted to do for a long time. I hope it grows year after year, as there is nothing like it in South Florida,” said Cumberbatch, adding that she is “planning a spectacular day” and partnering with many local Coral Springs businesses for the summit.
A Kenilworth resident in Coral Springs, Cumberbatch is a small business owner, published author, and speaker, but says her true passion is to uplift mothers within her local community.
“Being a mother myself, I struggled after my son was born, had separation anxiety, and dealt with many other unexpected feelings. I realized there were a lot of things I didn’t know, and I was sad there wasn’t a platform for mothers to hear honest stories about motherhood and not feel alone.”
Cumberbatch said her podcast, webinars, support groups, and workshops strive to help local mothers and create a community for them.
“Moms need to know it’s okay to let go of the “mom guilt” and to have fun, but they need tools to help them navigate this new age of motherhood,” she added.
In 2022, her podcast was voted number 4 of the Top 50 Moms in Podcasting and reached over a hundred episodes. Cumberbatch also started a monthly evening support group where moms share their struggles and experiences in a safe space.
“I am proud of what I have created so far, but I have so much more to do to uplift and empower mothers,” she said.
The keynote speakers for the summit include Dr. Simone Alicia, Joy Acaso, Michelle Brown of iHelpMoms, and Maria Smith. The event consists of brunch, raffle prizes, giveaways from local small businesses, and a VIP happy hour experience on the Pier6 Rooftop Bar.
General admission is $99, and happy hour is an additional $19.99. The sale ends on October 15.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Eagle’s Haven Wellness Center, which helps families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Shooting.
“It takes a village to raise a child, but most importantly, it takes a village to uplift a mother, and that is our mission. Mothers give so much of themselves to everyone else, and we want them to invest in their mental wellness and enjoy time connecting with other mothers in the community,” said Cumberbatch.
- Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master’s in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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