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National Association of Mothers' Centers

  • By: Joani Mortenson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Mother centers originated in Germany and have spread out all over the world, including in countries such as the Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Kenya, Rwanda, Philippines, Canada, and the United States. The umbrella organization is called Mother Centres International Network (MINE). As of August 2009, there were 32 mother centers in the United States, located in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The National Association of Mothers' Centers (NAMC) is the American-based organization that provides programs designed to empower mothers, fathers, and caregivers to find solutions that work for their families, their work lives, and their personal lives. NAMC began in 1975 as a way of offering free-standing local programs for mothers and other caregivers to provide ...

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