Founded in 1976, Mothering magazine was the birthplace of the natural family lifestyle, and today is the premier online community for parents interested in natural family living. Providing philosophical inspiration and practical advice for more than 30 years, Mothering is respected for cutting-edge, well-researched information and resources.

Statement of Purpose

Mothering celebrates the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and fosters awareness of the immense importance and value of parenthood and family life in the development of the full human potential. We recognize parents as the experts and wish to provide truly helpful information upon which parents can base informed choices.

Mothering magazine was the birthplace of the natural family lifestyle. Born in 1976 out of the need for the natural family community to learn about raising healthy children, Mothering is an original.

For over 30 years, Mothering was the only independently owned, family living magazine in the world. was founded in 1995 and continues the tradition started by Mothering magazine. We address contemporary health, personal, environmental, medical, and lifestyle issues in an upbeat, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous way.

Our website contains philosophical inspiration and practical advice about family living. Topics are as diverse as circumcision, vaccinations, organic foods, childhood illnesses, home birth, ear infections, parenting teens, web site information, midwifery, and homeopathy.

Mothering is a family. We have an independent editorial spirit unmatched in the industry with a community that is unmatched in responsiveness.


Cynthia Mosher, Community Manager, is the mother of seven children and wife of her college sweetheart from Arabia. She travels between the Middle East and America for work and pleasure. Cynthia began her career at Mothering as a moderator in 1999 when the discussion forum first opened. She took over as Mothering's board administrator in 2001 and served in that position for five years. In 2003, she became Mothering's webmaster and is a member of the International Webmasters Association. Now Web Director, she continues her informal education in internet technology and speaks to mothers in her community on a variety of topics including natural family living and being a work-at-home-mom. Committed to being at home with her family, Cynthia works not only for Mothering, but also her own website:

Melanie Mayo-Laakso, Content Manager, lives on the Oregon Coast with her husband and two children. Melanie is the former Editor-in-Chief of the mother focused literary publication, MotherVerse, and of the global community blog project, Mothering Out Loud. She holds a degree in Women's Studies with a focus on women writers and global women's issues. For information about contributing to or sending items for review, please contact Melanie at [email protected]. Please do not send unsolicited review products to our main address as it will not reach the reviews dept (see below).

Adina North, Assistant Community Manager, arrived at the MDC Forums in 2002 after searching for someplace that echoed her feelings about parenting. She fell in love with MDC and volunteered to moderate shortly after arrival. She joined the moderating staff in 2003 and has moderated everything from Diapering to News & Current Events. After a long road through infertility, Adina welcomed a daughter in 2006. Her background is in technical theatre, and she finds working for an online forum to be pretty much the same as running a show, only with fewer costumes. Originally from Colorado, she now lives in Portland, OR with her husband and daughter.


If you are interested in an editorial review or other mention of your product(s) on Mothering please contact the Content Manager, Melanie Mayo-Laakso, at [email protected]. Please do not send unsolicited review products to our main address as the items will not reach the reviews dept and will not be considered for coverage.