MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant & Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives in Maresme, just north of Barcelona and is a mum-of-two and Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children.
“In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child. With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for foreign parents. Locals seemed to rely on their families and close-knit communities and so it soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, Barcelona Mum was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months it grew to become MumAbroad Spain, incorporating the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2015 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof, MumAbroad.com.
We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview sections, you can read about other women's experiences of living in Spain, France, Italy and Germany as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational entrepreneurial ladies, who have established successful businesses and created a life for themselves abroad, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our facebook pages allow parents to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community. Finally, our new blog, MumAbroad Life is a chance to hear stories from women having gone not just life-changing experiences such as travelling abroad or adopting a child, but also the every day challenges of being a parent bringing up a family 'away from home'.
We hope you that you will find the information on our sites useful, and that you can also help us with our goal to constantly improve our site by continuing to send us your comments and recommendations. Use the ocntribute button on our sites to get in touch.
Best wishes & we hope you enjoy our websites!”