2020: The #Yearofthemother
2020: The #Yearofthemother
Have you heard it’s the Year of the Mother? That’s right – this is 2020 and it’s time mommas get the care they deserve in America.
If you aren’t familiar with 2020 Mom, you should get to know them! Their mission is “closing gaps in maternal mental health care through education, advocacy, and collaboration.” Their founder and Executive Director, Joy Burkard, is leading the way with heart and guts. She’s making change happen for the good of moms, but ultimately for the good of the world. If you follow us, you know that we believe that when moms are healthy, families are happy and that is the foundation for a better world. Without happy, healthy families, we lose community and when we lose community, what do we have left? 2020 Mom has declared this the #yearofthemother in collaboration with Motherly, an awesome online publication dedicated to sharing about real motherhood. You should follow them if you don’t already. In their words, they are “redefining motherhood – with you. ”We.Love.Them.
So, what’s this pronouncement all about? Well, it’s just time for the issues that affect mommas in America to be addressed with sincerity. We’re the only developed country with a rising maternal mortality rate. And it’s three-times as high for mothers of color in America. The way we approach motherhood must change, now. We cannot keep waiting for it to get better on its own. We must each add our voices to the demand for change. It might seem hard to believe that becoming a momma in America is so rough, but it’s a fact. From perinatal care and the lack of care postpartum, to the return-to-workplace culture and more, it’s all feeding into the rising maternal mortality rate, the rising maternal mental health disorders and lack of mothers in the workplace. We can do better, but we must speak up about it’s devastation.
The issues that affect mothers have wide-spread effects on society at large. When we take better care of mommas, we take better care of everyone. The focus must be re-centered on mothers, the ones who are actually nurturing and birthing the babies. Right now it’s centered on profit – for clinical practices and insurance providers. There are some perinatal practices that are impassioned about centering their care around the mother, but they can’t remain the exception. They can’t be the only ones available to only a few. We must demand that there be smarter policy in place that extends the kind of care all mothers deserve across the country. One day, mothers will be thriving instead of surviving.
If you’re fired up, join us and many others who are pledging this year to be “the year of the mother” in 2020. No matter where you’re reading this, there are opportunities for you to add your voice. If you can’t give your time, give your money to an organization like 2020 Mom. If you can’t give your money, give your time by attending Mom Congress in Washington, D.C. in May or host an event that raises money for organizations like 2020 Mom. Or simply share your story of motherhood with others. It could resonate and stir others to be bold with you and enact change. We cannot stay silent any longer. If nothing else, our sons and daughters deserve way better. What does “Year of the Mother” mean to you? We hope you will boldly share your thoughts with us! You can comment on our FB page, DM us on IG or write us back personally!
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