My name is Kristin and I am the owner and creator of Free the Mother. If you are reading this, you are either related to me, or you somehow found me in the vast space of social media. Either way, welcome!
I am a mama to a sweet, rambunctious little girl, and a brand new baby boy. I am married to my high school best friend who is now a police officer. His dedication to helping people and making the world a better place is inspiring.
Growing up, I had a hard time finding my identity. I didn't know what kind of person I wanted to be. I was interested in a lot of things. Writing, photography, fashion, psychology, nursing, technology. But I didn't know which to pursue.
When I started college, I started off as a nursing major. Then I decided I loved writing too much, so I switched to journalism. I even went as far as landing an internship with ELLE Magazine! Then I realized I loved nursing too much so I switched back to nursing. I went on to work at a hospital specializing in medical/surgical and emergency medicine.
Then, one day, I had a baby.
My life changed forever. Not just physically and emotionally, but mentally. Motherhood consumed me, in the best way. This was the job I always wanted. This was what I was always meant to do. I felt it in my bones, and I still do.
On January 1, 2018, I woke up with an idea. The bed was soaked from leaking breast milk all night. What if I created comfy breastfeeding tees to sleep in? I hadn't seen any at the time. I yelled for my husband to tell him about my exciting idea, and jumped out of bed and got to work. I've been working 24/7 ever since!
I released my first tee in May 2018. My "Free Coffee Creamer [made with] Liquid Gold" design on a soft black mineral wash tee. Since then, we expanded greatly with many other designs and apparel related to motherhood. I also launched a blog called, "Stories of Motherhood: Uncensored." It's a platform for moms all over the world to share their unique journeys. It's so important to have a strong community and to feel like we are not alone.
Every day is a new struggle. We try our best to take care of our little earthlings. And just when you think you're doing a good job, society is telling you you're not.
Mothers shouldn't be afraid to breastfeed in public, or wear a bikini because they are embarrassed by their stretch marks. Mothers shouldn't feel ashamed because they needed a c-section, or feel guilty about suffering from postpartum depression.
We should be proud of ourselves. We should embrace our incredible bodies.
Mothers should feel free.
If you made it this far, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here. I hope you stay awhile!