In Our Hearts

stories and wisdom of mothers who live apart from their children

In Our Hearts gives the chance for mothers to be heard in their own words containing a mix of stories and artwork which remind the reader of her strength, resilience and creativity. This book was co-created with contributions from around 50 women within Mothers Living Apart from Their Children and Making Sense groups within WomenCentre.

In Our Hearts is not a text book but the open and honest experiences of initial separation, court proceedings, relationships with services; of mothers who have been able to have children returned to their care or contact increased, mothers who have no current contact at all and those for whom contact will remain limited. It has the versatility of being an aid and guide to learning and reflection for parents, families and professionals working in the protection of children.

‘The book makes me so proud. I don’t think of myself as an author but if I can help other women by sharing my stories then that helps me… I think it is beautiful and I am so pleased to have been part of it, to see my story in print and have been part of a group that doesn’t judge me.’ (author)


Cost £10 (plus postage where applicable)

Copies of the book can be picked up from our centres in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Halifax or can be ordered by contacting