The inaugural Channel Mum #MumVidCon

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.44.04The twenty ninth of February 2016 is a big day – and not just because it’s a leap year so you can pop the question to your other half! Much more importantly, it’s the first ever MumVidCon: the conference for UK mum vloggers hosted by us together with YouTube and ITV.

Just a year ago when Channel Mum first set up, YouTube was awash with teen channels – but there were fewer than 20 mum vloggers in the UK. In fact we had to launch a sponsorship programme to encourage mums to pick up their cameras.

Fast-forward a year and things look very different. We’ve just launched a website which brings together more than 110 mums – and wonderfully some dads too – vlogging from every corner of the UK. Viewers can now watch honest, real-life experiences on everything from trying to conceive, through pregnancy, birth, newborns, toddlers to tantrums and teens. Or they can simply tune in for a cuppa and a little window into someone else’s world, with all the daily ups and downs of family life.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.47.09Our amazing family of vloggers are making a real difference to families in lots of different ways. From major events like pregnancy announcements, relationship issues or managing your mental health, to the everyday but essential parts of family life like shopping hauls and meal planning – the Channel Mum crew always have a vlog which will help.

So, MumVidCon is a chance for Mum Vloggers to come together for the first time as professionals. To look at best practice guidelines, to understand why we do what we do, to examine how the big metrics work and enable us to make vlogging a career. But, also to realise what really drives us and why reaching just that one mum who sees your story and feels better is a real success.

Vlogging is powerful. By putting yourself out there, sharing your story can change one mum’s day – and it may change her life and her child’s future. You have that power. So we’d love you to be part of this very special day. Here is the programme and speakers. When we originally booked the room for 50 people, we were a very small team. Now we’re kicking ourselves as we want to invite ten times more people – but no one could have predicted the community would grow so fast, or that we’d find so many talented people. So if you didn’t get a space, that’s my fault, I’m sorry! We’ll put it right by putting everything useful on social media and putting video highlights up afterwards.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.49.18For us, this event is about the spirit of YouTube – being open and collaborative and sharing what we’ve learned on the journey so far. It’s about giving back, paying forwards and growing together. And making some new friends along the way. So do follow our hashtag #MumVidCon across social media where we’ll add anything interesting and useful including links to videos, print outs, takeaways etc. Also, we promise we will get the BIGGEST venue we can next time and invite ALL the mum vloggers we know. So if you feel we don’t know you yet, drop us a line at hello@channelmum.com and we’ll add you to our ‘friends’ list – or get involved on social and say hello.

Looking forward to chatting with you on #MumVidCon

Siobhan

#MumTalk shining a spotlight on maternal mental health

More than 1 in 10 women experience mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year of having a baby. Here at Channel Mum we know first hand what that feels like so we’re delighted to be taking part in #MumTalk from 11am todScreen Shot 2016-02-23 at 23.54.34ay – a special event organised by Sport Relief to shine a light on Maternal Mental Health. You can watch some of our vloggers sharing their experiences with depression and anxiety.

Sport Relief cash has been helping people affected by maternal mental health and to highlight what many women face, and to reduce the stigma, Channel Mum are joining forces with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Bluebell Care Trust, the Royal College of General Practitioners and MIND. We hope you’ll join us in following the stories @SportRelief are sharing and contributing to the conversation using #MumTalk.

Today TV presenter Fern Britton shares her experience of maternal mental health alongside other mums and dads from across the UK, who have also been affected. You can watch their stories in a unique set of films from the team at Sport Relief.

Fern Britton said: “Everyone tells you that having a baby is going to be perfect, so you try to be the perfect mum. However, you’re not blooming at all, you’re blooming awful. I was lonely, isolated and frightened. I felt lost, like a failure and I couldn’t identify with who I was anymore. When the doctor told me what I was feeling was Postnatal Depression it was so liberating, I felt such a sense of relief that I wasn’t going mad. Once my family knew, I started to get better. Once I could talk to my family and they understood, it was a wonderful feeling.”

“The minute I said the words to someone, help it was there for me. If I had known how easy it was to get help I would have told someone sooner. Having been through this and getting better myself I would urge any mum who might be feeling in a dark place to tell someone – don’t wait! If you tell someone, you will get help, and you will get better.”

Sport Relief is back from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March and there are more ways than ever for you to take part, change lives and feel proud. The money raised will transform people’s lives in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities, including people affected by maternal mental health problems.

 

 

Welcome to the new Channel Mum website

WHAT a month it’s been for births! Louis Tomlinson is the first 1D daddy after his ex Briana Jungwirth gave birth to tot Freddie Reign. Coleen and Wayne Rooney are building their very own footie team after welcoming third son Kit, while McBusted star Harry Judd is the now proud papa to baby Lola with wife Izzy. We also welcomed a new Channel Mum baby this month, congrats to Lauren on the birth of daughter Sienna.

But there’s one more new arrival we want you to welcome – our brand new bouncing baby, the new Channel Mum website!

While we don’t have any stretchmarks to show for it, we’ve had plenty of sleepless nights, as we want to make Channel Mum the place mums go for video – and the most trusted source of video parenting info on the web.

With us busy mums having an average of just 17 minutes downtime each day, we know you don’t have time to read books or guides or wade through text-heavy websites – so watching a quick vid on your phone is the way to go.

And we also know you want information from other mums just like you, to share the latest tips, the highs and the lows, the laughs and the tears, and all those special moments which make being a mums so worthwhile.

As the honest face of parenting, all the girls at Channel Mum promise to always tell it like it is. Whatever you need to know – and whatever you’re going through with your pregnancy or family – we understand as we’re right there with you.

Our team of top vloggers includes pregnant mums, single mums, mums with twins, families with all boys, all girls or a mix, large families, singletons, plus families on the IVF journey.

They want to share their world with you – and hear all about your family too.

So please, take a look around, make yourself at home, and become part of our lovely supportive Channel Mum family.

Drop us a line at hello@channelmum.com too – we can’t wait to hear from you.

With love,

The Channel Mum Team.