Madison Hendry (aka Mama Bird), transitioned into motherhood in 2014. As a visual artist and recent graduate in 2011 with a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, she began to see a shift in her artwork, career, and perspective on life. Her artwork has been exhibited and published internationally and included in pioneering events such as, Project AfterBirth; the first ever international exhibition based on the subject of early parenthood.
With the premature birth of her second son, Madison became fascinated with the dynamics of the mother/infant relationship. She realized her touch, sound, smell, milk, and relationship with him were not only beneficial; she was essential and played an active role in his development. The process of having a premature infant taught her to listen to her instincts and child's needs and respond to them. Madison received a scholarship and completed her Breastfeeding Educator Certification with Birth Arts International in 2018. In 2020, she became the FIRST Certified Kangaroula; Advanced Doula in Kangaroo Mother Care with BirthWorks International, studying under world renowned trainers, Jill and Dr. Nils Bergman!
Madison has over 9 years (and counting) of personal breastfeeding experience. She lives in a 1950's Sears Home in Cleveland, OH suburbs with her husband, tattooer, Angus Hendry and 3 children, Angus, Huckleberry and Evergreen.
Madison facilitates, "Mama Bird Group Chat"- a FREE in=person/virtual breastfeeding and mothering support group and the Founder of "Mama Bird NICU Family Scholarship", which provides NO COST mother-to-mother postpartum support to Cleveland NICU Moms. She teaches Mother Infant Care Classes and Workshops at Mother Rising and The Womb Wellness Center.
She is a member Cleveland Based Non-Profit "Project NICU", Active Member for Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance, Affiliate with Jack Newman's Breastfeeding Inc.. Her Art is Represented by Artist Parent Index, Museum of Motherhood, Mother Makers, Procreate Project and ProjectAfterBirth. She is published in Arhitext, Ampersand Project and currently in the Artist Residency in Motherhood.