2020: The #Yearofthemother

by Natalie McBride

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.

2020 Mom

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.

We’re the only developed country with a rising maternal mortality rate.

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.

We can do better.
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