Becoming a mother can cause you to redefine yourself. There is an endless supply of websites targeted at how to raise your child from birth until they leave the nest. Few, if any, focus on raising us. Fewer still, pay any attention to mothers of color. The days of having a community of women, elders especially, aren’t a reality for many of us anymore. So we are here, as a collective voice to raise one another up.

I became a mother in early 2013 and with the support of my own mother and girlfriend circle back home in America, the foundation was laid for the mama I am today: always learning to lean on patience and having deep faith in myself and the process. The stories that were shared with me in private have stuck with me and upon returning to New York in summer 2014 for our first family visit, the idea for Raising Mothers was born.

Our mission is simple: create a community in our own image. We unravel the unspoken in essays and interviews.

Raising Mothers is a literary magazine for mothers by mother writers, publishing personal essays, in-depth interviews and creative writing, honoring both parenting and personhood.

We actively seek out and support work by and about those often marginalized in the literary conversation, including people of color and gender non-conformists, and members of the LGBTQIA and differently abled communities. We aim to represent all walks of life and every stage of motherhood.

Sherisa de Groot

Sherisa de Groot  ·  Founding Editor 

Sherisa de Groot is a wife, mother, writer, editor and former jewelry designer originally from Brooklyn, NY. She writes short stories and essays primarily revolving around race, motherhood, identity and place. She lives in Amsterdam, NL.


RM loves working with brands and businesses of all shapes and sizes.  If you think that your company or small business is a strong fit for Raising Mothers, please send a note to hello@raisingmothers.com.