Team Netmums

Netmums was founded in 2000 with one local site in Harrow and has grown to over 151 sites all over the UK. We’re proud to be the largest parenting site in the UK with over 1.2 million members and 4 million monthly visits. Team Netmums is made up  of 64 mums and (two lovely dads) work hard behind the scenes to make Netmums come to life. Team Netmums have a small office in London where we meet up, but usually you’ll find us all working remotely from our homes stretching from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands and everywhere in between.

Our team will be popping up on this blog sharing with you what they get up to behind the scenes on Team Netmums. In the meantime, here’s a word from co-founder Siobhan Freegard (pictured), taken from a recent blog post on what inspired her to take action and set up a website to help other mums with her friends Sally Russell and Cathy Court:

“Possibly from exhaustion, maybe hormones and probably with a little nudge from the slightly crazy gene pool that swirls around my Dad’s side of the family, I ended up with a dose of post natal depression and a very lonely and miserable start as a mum.

Perhaps the worst part was that everyone else was coping so brilliantly – with their babies, with their twins (!) with their gorgeous homes and perfect lives. Why was I so different? Why did I find it so hard?

Then I met Sally Russell. Sally was a local mum with a son the same age and Sally was also the first person I had ever heard admit to having had post natal depression. But she looked so normal?! I think that was the turning point for me…I stopped dividing the world into good mums – and me. I started talking honestly to other mums and discovered they all had their own issues. Some had money worries, or relationships issues, or stuff from their past, or worries about the future. And I noticed everyone felt better for talking, for being honest and that the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ really is true.

Sally and I started to plan to put this revelation online…we met Cathy Court, and between the three of us we started Netmums. It was a place to make new friends and share the bad times as well as the good. We had a mission statement which you will still find up on Netmums today. Here it is if you haven’t seen it before:

The Netmums Mission Statement

  • To help families have fun with and enjoy their children
  • To bring people together to make our local communities more lively and friendly
  • To make it unnecessary for any mum to feel lonely or isolated
  • To make sure every parent has access to all of the local support and advice available – from other mothers and from professionals
  • To give mothers a voice, locally and nationally, on issues of importance to them

image of Sally, Siobhan and Cathy and their children

Just to remind us of where we all started here’s a picture of Siobhan, Sally and Cathy from the early days of Netmums – check out the size of that screen!

Contact Us
If you want to get in touch with Team Netmums we’d love to hear from you, you can email us: mediarequests@netmums.com or write to us at :

Netmums, Marylebone Business Centre, 93-95 Gloucester Place, London W1U 6JQ

5 Responses to Team Netmums

  1. Great site. I heard Sally Russell on R4 Woman’s Hour this week – really interesting discussion – I even wrote down her quote:
    ‘When the money is tight, people get good at budgeting’
    Too true!
    Keep up the great work – wish there was something like this when my twins were born 10 years ago.
    Claire
    http://createwithlily.com/

  2. Joanna says:

    What a fantastic website, great idea !!! Wish you all the best in the future !!! Will be follow your ideas regularly.

  3. karen says:

    Hi. Looking for advice please help me.
    I have a 5 1/2 year old and a 4 year old, i am really struggling with them, behavior and not doing as asked. Its getting to the stage that i cannot cope anymore. I have tried everything from one to one days, rewards for good behaviour, remove toys on bad behavior, reward charts. Please help

  4. Remarkable, I wonder how I haven’t thought of this by myself!
    Keep publishing those interesting blogposts!

  5. sarah dearden says:

    Hi needing some advice my six year old daughter as a tempreture of 37.9 and she was shivering shes been alright all day started to feel off about half six so im wondering what this could be, She did have a flu nasal spray on Tuesday got a phone call on Wednesday saying that one as just expired and she needs another one which she had on Friday x

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