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Two apps, two female founders and one united mission – joining together to address maternal mental health

2nd September 2019 marks the start of pre and postnatal depression awareness week. It also marks the start of new beginnings for Happity!

Happity is merging with the hugely supportive community of MummyLinks app – and the founder Emily Tredget, is coming on board to join Sara Tateno officially as co-founder of Happity.

As mums, we’ve each experienced struggles with new parenthood – Emily suffered postnatal depression and anxiety, and Sara had a traumatic birth. We both realised that getting out of the house day by day, forming new friendships and having ongoing support in our local communities, was critical in helping us get through that period. And we were each driven to find a way to make life less lonely for the new parents following us, supporting maternal mental health by doing so.

We both realised that getting out of the house day by day, forming new friendships and having ongoing support in our local communities, was critical in helping us get through that period. And we were each driven to find a way to make life less lonely for the new parents following us, supporting maternal mental health by doing so.

About Us

Sara with her family in the park
Sara Tateno,
Founder of Happity

Sara created Happity to make it quick and easy to find local baby playgroups and classes. It aims to help parents escape from the house – whether booking in advance, or at the last minute. It was a problem she’d been so frustrated with, that she re-trained as a web developer to build the site. Read more about Sara’s story.

Emily Tredget
founder of MummyLinks

Emily created MummyLinks as a safe space for mums to meet. It allows approved mums to create local playdates and meet up in real life. She has campaigned tirelessly over the past 3 years to raise awareness of maternal mental health issues, appearing on national news and running the hugely successful #ShoutieSelfie social media campaign each year. Read more about Emily’s story.

Why are we merging?

Bringing MummyLinks and Happity together marks a momentous step in our two parallel journeys. We have a strong shared vision and mission. We share the same values and care passionately about the type of organisation we’re building.

As mums, we’re striving to create a truly flexible workplace that employs talented people. We operate ethically and put people first in a world where tech startups are often encouraged to pursue profit above all else.

Together we will enable you to meet other parents and build your local community through both playdates and playgroups – something that sadly didn’t exist when we became new mums ourselves.

What happens next?

For now, you’ll continue to have access to all the brilliant resources from both Happity and MummyLinks, but you can expect to see new content and updates to the Happity website shortly! We’ll be moving over a lot of the mental health support content from MummyLinks to here.

We’re also launching a new Happity mobile app, and over time incorporate all the great features of MummyLinks too.

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported each of us on our journey to date and hope you’ll continue to join us along this mission!

We’re excited for what the future holds. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Sara & Emily x

To find and book a class or activity near you: www.happity.co.uk

For PND support and info, visit MummyLinks: www.mummylinksapp.com

Watch these videos to hear more about why we are joining forces…

Sara, Co-Founder of Happity

Top tips to leave the house with twins

In celebration of National Twins Day we wanted to share some top tips for leaving the house with more than one baby!

As a new mum, life is an adjustment anyway but the thought of leaving the house can be quite overwhelming.

We recently asked the mums of twins in our audience to share their Top Tips when heading out.

From twin mums to other twin mums…here’s what they said:

“Remember, this too shall pass, it’s ok to not feel ok but on those days where it feels impossible, if your babies are fed that’s enough. Don’t try to do too much but record all the memories, take pictures, get as much help as you can. You won’t remember much of the first year – it will fly by in a blur of tiredness”

“Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, try not to worry too much about timings for things in the early days, people understand if you’re late, and when your ready get to your local twin club. No one cares if you’re late, they’ll always be a cup of tea and other mum’s to chat to who know what it’s like.
Once they’re toddlers just add half an hour on to however long you think its going to take to get out the house”

“Organisation is key and take a bumbo seat to classes before they can sit themselves so you can put one in the seat whilst the other sits with you – can always switch them round half way”

top tips for leaving the house with twins
Have a plan!

“you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help – I used to get people to pack my shopping at the check out etc”

“plan in advance, work around their routine and most of all, don’t be afraid!”

“don’t take to heart what people say to you when you’re out. I find it so odd, the amount of people that are so negative about twins, how hard my life is, rather you than me, you’ve got your hands full, double trouble etc. If I’m feeling polite I just say “and double the love” or “hard work but good fun / so rewarding” (or just ignore them if not).
People will also be lovely about them but it blows my mind how strangers can be so negative, and if you’re having a bad day or it’s taken ages to get out, that’s the last thing you need. Just remind yourself you’ve done a great job getting where you are and ignore them”

Top tips for leaving the house with twins
What are your twin tips?

If you have any other tips for leaving the house with twins, please share them in the comments below.

And, if you need some ideas of classes or activities where you can take your twins, click here to see what’s happening near you.