While sitting half asleep trying to take but a single solitary sip of morning coffee this morning, I allowed my mind to wander. What would it be like to wake up to a quiet apartment in the morning? To miss the alarm of children calling my name and let a brightening room coax me out of bed instead? To be the first one up and to brew a cup of coffee only to slip back into bed with nary a small person demanding I get out again? And sure, a quiet morning in Brooklyn would be lovely, but while I’m daydreaming, why not a blue-sky morning in Beaulieu Sur Mer? Why not a morning of padding out to a lounge-lined pool and getting croissant crumbs stuck in belly button while finishing a novel pool-side?
Here’s what I’d need:
A gauzy robe for waltzing around in.
A pair of milky sunglasses for hiding behind.
A pair of slides for padding out to the pool.
A straw fan for keeping cool.
A sexy glass for sips of fizzy orange juice, er, mimosas.
A chic pair of nail clippers for uninterrupted primping
and a terra cotta colored nail polish, too.
A body brush for an extra long morning shower
and a decadent body oil. (Getting dressed in actual clothes not required.)
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are three things to do to ensure that parents of small kids—especially those who are currently or recently pregnant—have the support they need in light of the ongoing maternal health crisis in this country.
To support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers: Ancient Song Doula Services is currently accepting monetary donations, baby items, and pregnancy literature for their Prison Doula Services & Re-entry program, which supports folks who are pregnant and giving birth in prison.
To ensure that community-based organizations are included in the New York State Doula Pilot program for Medicaid reimbursement, sign the #OurTimeIsNow petition.
To address Black maternal health inequity: Support the Black Mamas Matter Alliance with a monetary donation. Learn more by downloading their toolkit, which outlines a human rights based approach to maternal health and identifies the rights of pregnant and birthing parents and the corresponding role of government to ensure safe and respectful maternal health care.
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