Bethany Usher is a member of the Facebook group
Bethany Usher is a member of the Facebook group "Gladstone Mothers." Pictured with daughter Lily, 21 months. Emily Blatchford

Mums bare all on Facebook page

BETHANY Usher is the first to admit there is such thing as oversharing on Facebook.

But when Mrs Usher's daughter Lily uses her potty correctly for the first time, she plans on telling Facebook about it.

"The day Lily does a wee on her potty, I'll be so excited," she said.

"I would never post it as my status but I'll definitely share it on the Gladstone Mothers page."

This, according to Mrs Usher, is what the Gladstone Mothers page is all about.

"It is completely judgement free. People aren't embarrassed to ask the nitty gritty questions or share things they wouldn't feel comfortable sharing on their regular newsfeed," she said.

"It's a real safe haven."

According to Mrs Usher, anything and everything goes on the page, from recipe swaps to posting cute photos to asking other mums, "is this normal?"

"There are no holds barred," she said. "But at the same time what is lovely about this group is none of ladies are judgemental in any way.

"It's not 'pro' anything either. Like the breast versus bottle feeding debate, people have really strong opinions about this but on the page, we can have a healthy debate without anyone getting judgemental."

Since starting the "Gladstone Mothers" Facebook page, Jaki O'Neill has seen it all.

"If someone has a particularly embarrassing question to ask, they'll send it to me and I'll post it for them so they can remain anonymous," she said.

"I've pretty much seen everything."

Mrs O'Neill was around three months pregnant with her son Riley, now 11 weeks old, when she decided to create the page as a way for local mothers to communicate.

"It's so mums can get to know other mums or mums-to-be," she said.

"It also is a place mums can ask questions they don't want to ask their partners or family."

With a range of women as members, from first-timers to old hands to women trying to conceive, Mrs O'Neill said there was no question that would go unanswered.

"It's fantastic because people can talk from experience.

"We have one member who is now pregnant with her seventh child, so she obviously has a lot of advice she can give newer mums."

Mrs O'Neill said the page was particularly helpful for women who had moved with their partner to Gladstone and were away from family support.

"A lot of mums have just moved up and are without their family members," she said.

"So this is a great way for them to meet other mums and feel like they are part of a community."

Started in December, the page now has over 200 local members.



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