To All Mothers: A Message of Inclusiveness

 

I and the MotherWoman organization wish to recognize the unfortunate and devastating events that led to the closing down of the national Postpartum Progress organization and the termination of its services. We acknowledge that the problems that emerged are the realities women of color experience with organizations/people whose intent is to be all-inclusive but whose leadership lacks the knowledge, humility, and sensitivity to ensure meeting that goal.

MotherWoman has had its share of hegemonic thinking, which has resulted in negative impacts to individuals, the communities we serve, and the organization as a whole.

In an effort to be culturally humble and sensitive in our services, trainings, staff and board, the introduction of the new iteration of MotherWoman is underway.

We are committed to the values of inclusivity, transparency, and self-determination. We aspire to the principles of cultural humility offered by Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-Garcia, including ongoing learning and self-reflection, recognizing and challenging power imbalances, and holding ourselves and sister organizations accountable.

Our commitment as we embark on this new journey is to challenge inequities in all forms to ensure an inclusive and welcoming organization. Inevitably, we will have growing pains, yet our commitment will remain.

We offer open arms and a safe space for our sisters, mothers and their families to join us in the fight!

Displaced Postpartum Progress staff, volunteers, and community:

Please know that we stand in solidarity with you and welcome you to join with us in working together for all moms, families and communities. We invite you to reach out to Linda Matys O’Connell, our acting executive director, at 413-387-0703 or loconnell@motherwoman.org

If you would like to connect in person, we invite you to the first of our Conversations and Cocktails series of events on March 23, 6-7:30 p.m., at MotherWoman, 220 Russell St. (Route 9) in Hadley, Massachusetts. Conversations and Cocktails will introduce our broadened mission, our restructured Board of Directors, and our Acting Executive Director. We will discuss ways in which we can nurture existing relationships and forge new ones.

In Sisterly Love and Partnership,
Lakisha M. Coppedge
MotherWoman Board President