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In your opinion, how do we evoke and incite a sisterhood of motherhood?
During the pandemic I created a show on my instagram live called Moms Share Panel. I have had over 13 episodes now because people who watch say when are you going to do another one. We have talked about all the things that don't usually get shared when you are just talking and sharing with mothers and daughters. That space has created great insight to what motherhood is really like and the mothers or expecting mothers have appreciated the transparency and vulnerability of the mothers on the panels. So those two attributes transparency and vulnerability are what we should evoke to create bonds and sisterhood on this motherhood journey.
We’re aware that deep inequality exists among moms in America. How do you think we help amplify all mom’s voices?
First to recognize and stand in solidarity with the mothers of color who are experiencing significant disparities in the health system. The numbers don't lie so people have to stop acting like the stories that they hear are.
I witnessed a few microaggressions, some “black women are strong” inequities and certainly withholding of some information for care but luckily I had a multicultural tribe and I was able to bring up things that they shared with me was happening at their visits. Sometimes the doc would say yes we can do that, how did you know about that. I smiled and said I have people.
If you could create a new maternal culture tomorrow, what would it look like?
Creating a culture of empathy, kindness, cultural sensitivity and a village community are key traits for what a maternal culture would look like for me.
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