Former marketing director Siobhan Freegard founded Netmums in 2000, while on maternity leave with her second child, largely to help address issues of isolation amongst new mothers. The network quickly grew beyond her Harrow locale to become nationwide and now boasts 500,000 members, with 2,000 new members joining every week. Netmums has been voted by Which? among their '101 Websites That Will Change Your Life'. Hollie Smith is a freelance journalist specialising in parenting and health. She has written for various women's weekly magazines as well as for the Mirror and the Daily Mail.