I'm Cynthia...

 

I created Mamistad in 2005 when I was pregnant with my first and only baby, now incredible young lady, Jasmine. 

 

My beloved family is in Texas and many of my dearest friends are in L.A., where I was until my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004. I returned to Texas to care for her.  Soon after, I met and married my husband and moved to the DC area, bringing my mom with me. We were blessed to become pregnant within several months. With the wave of change in my life, and the new pregnancy, I soon found myself overcome with anxiety. Had it not been for the group of first-time mamas I was able to form online, I don't know where I would have been. I went from feeling isolated and lonely, with so many questions, to having 7 other moms who could relate to my many concerns. My husband was wonderful, but there are things only other women can understand - especially when it comes to pregnancy!

 

After my daughter was born, I decided to go back online and do my best to recreate this miracle I experienced, for other women. I called the group Mamistad - a friendship of moms (the name came to me in the shower). 

The Alzheimer's journey was a daunting one that left me a little empty, but a lot stronger. My mom defeated Alzheimer's in 2012. Her spirit lives on in my amazing daughter and in my soul. The inevitable scars have taught me that vulnerability inspires beauty and compassion. I believe that out of pain comes passion.

In my humble experience with Mamistad, I've learned that women truly are the most incredible creatures on the planet. When a woman gives birth to her first child, she becomes a force beyond her own imagination, and many times, beyond her own realization. I believe that instead of wasting time tearing each other down, its time we start recognizing that force within each other and uplifting it - even learning from it. The motherhood journey is morphing with every generation. Each has its unique struggles. I believe that technology, useful as it is, can also serve to isolate us. This is especially daunting for mothers. We need each other. We can't sustain the world if we're not working together.  :)

My mom was the most amazing example of a woman and mother I've ever known. She also instilled in me an adoration of new moms and precious babies. She is my Mamistad muse and inspiration.  

I now live in Vienna, VA with my incredibly supportive and brilliant husband Reggie, mi alma, mi vida y mi  corazon, Jasmine and our most precious fur baby, Tazzy.  Life is good. 

Mamistad,

~Cynthia