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Maternity Leavers interview with Pippa Best

Story of Mum was founded in 2011 by Pippa and Penny Best, (supported by Channel 4 (4-IP), Unltd, Feast and the Arts Council).

Through Story of Mum, Pippa has coached and supported mums all around the world - via individual and group coaching, workshops, ecourses, retreats and other events - including hosting regular online retreats for mums via social media.

In addition to Story of Mum events, Pippa has presented workshops at BritMums Live (from 2013 to 2015, finalist for the BIBS Innovate award in 2014). Pippa also developed and delivered Raising Films' innovative six month development scheme to support working parents within the media sector: CLOSR. Pippa was shortlisted for Tesco Mum of the Year 2012. She also featured in the Daily Mail and other outlets for our #mykidsdressedme charity campaign (getting the kids to dress their parents to raise funds for Comic Relief) when that went viral - a campaign which appears to have been subsequently picked up by Oxfam as "Dressed by the Kids Day".

Story of Mum's participatory exhibition Story of Mum: Mums' Making an Exhibition of Ourselves attracted over 850 online entries from mums and 450 further submissions at live events, exhibiting at galleries across the UK including London's Photographers' Gallery - and travelling on to host events at the Museum of Motherhood in New York.

Pippa's coaching work at Story of Mum has also played a key role in the establishment of a successful new enterprise - creating mindfulness tools to widen the reach of her work via Sea Soul Blessings.

Parent Tribe magazine, cover photo and article by Pippa Best of Story of Mum

Read about us

You can read about us all over the world, visiting these wonderful places: 

Raising FilmsUK HandmadeMums Got a BusinessLaundry Line DivineKind Over MatterLife in Pleasantville, See Beautiful, Yummy Mummy ClubEllen Z ElwellAdvancing PoetryResearching ReformPrymface, Storybramble: the story cafe, Honest MumDowns Side Up, Sue Atkins Parenting Coach, Words By AmyIBeeson, Dear Mummy (our activities have inspired lots of her blogs including this lovely one on nature mandala making), Emma4facs, and Chocolate is Not the Only Fruit.

We've been featured on the ever-inspiring global creative community site, Oh My Handmade three times - writing about why mums deserve gold stars, the power of stories, and following a dream

We've taken photographs for the front cover of Parent Tribe magazine (on the left), sharing a photo essay and article about our love of found hearts.  

Pippa Best of Story of Mum appears in Good Housekeeping magazine talking about her journey to create a community that supports mums to find themselves and feel happier and more positive

To see how we've inspired other mums (and dads!) to get creative and share their stories, check out our virtual exhibition tour, which featured Story of Mum's exhibition on 50 blogs worldwide. 

You can also find our round-ups of the virtual tour on BritMums - round up oneround up tworound up three, and round up four...

Story of Mum has featured in Good Housekeeping, Juno Magazine, Real People, Sainsbury's Magazine, Waitrose Magazine, Brew Drinking Thinking, Primary Times and Mojo Mums, and has appeared in local press (like this) and radio, amongst others.

If you would like to write or talk about Story of Mum, we would love to hear from you. We're also always interested in hearing from mums who'd like to guest post here.