9 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Michael Mulgrew, Department of Education, Bill de Blasio

Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave

New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy.   Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first.  When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers.  For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for.      *                         *                                 *                           *                       * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers

Emily James
84,465 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel, Workman Publishing

Have Peri/Postpartum Heart Failure symptoms added to the "What to Expect"pregnancy books.

PPCM Peri/Postpartum Cardiomyopathy is a diagnosis of Heart Failure brought on by pregnancy. A form of dilated cardiomyopathy that can occur in the last trimester of pregnancy into and up until 5 months postpartum. Women may show symptoms that are similar to those of normal pregnancy conditions and is often overlooked or dismissed by doctors. All women should know the symptoms of heart failure and know when to seek medical help. A woman may initially exert one or all of these symptoms, and many will have their symptoms dismissed as normal signs of pregnancy. Shortness of breath and coughing that generally occur at night (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea) Difficult or uncomfortable breathing on exertion (Dyspnea on exertion) Cough day or  night Shortness of breath on when lying flat, causing the person to have to sleep propped up in bed or sitting in a chair.(Orthopnea) Swelling (edema) above and below the knee Abdominal pain or chest pain Palpitations – awareness of heart beating Pink sputum Excessive weight gain during the last month of pregnancy  With conventional heart failure treatment consisting of diuretics, ace inhibitors, and beta blockers, survival rate is high and almost all patients improve with treatment. Many fully recover, but prompt diagnosis and awareness is key. PPCM can happen to any woman, of any racial background, at any age ,in any pregnancy. A simple echocardiogram or BNP blood test is all that is needed to diagnose the condition.  Awareness is needed for everyone.Too many times patients have been dismissed and not taken seriously when discussing the symptoms with their caregivers.  Young mothers are dying leaving their children. This must not happen. Awareness needs to be accessible to all. The well known books that sell to countless mother's to be, "What to expect ,When Expecting " should add this condition to their publishing.  For further information go to:    

Beth Crutcher
362 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Netflix, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Barbara Boxer, Cory Booker, Tammy Baldwin, Human Rights Campaign, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Department of Justice, Eleanor Norton, Mark Zuckerberg, Google, Inc, Google, United States Department of Health and Human Services, John Hickenlooper, Kanye West, Kamala Harris, Loretta Lynch, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Elizabeth Warren, Democratic National Committee, NBC, Pam Queen, Richard Blumenthal, Twitter, Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Ron Wyden, Maria Cantwell, David Zoni, Craig Zucker, Donald Trump

Mommy Makeover

Everyday, on this planet, a miracle occurs. A beautiful innocent child is born and at that very moment, all is well in the world. Child birth is a beautiful thing but the after effect on the vessel that harbors the child for nine months is drastic. The mother of this amazing miracle is affected physically, mentally and spiritually. The physical change is what i'm seeking a resolution for. So please take a minute to read this petition and try to understand the necessity of it. I'm a mother of three wonderful boys that I wouldn't give up for the world!! But I would give almost anything to get my pre pregnancy body back and I think many women feel the same. Once we have our babies things change. Our breasts and butts hang just a little lower and our stomachs never look the same. Sometimes it hangs or the stretch marks take over what was once beautiful skin. In spite of dieting and very serious exercising. The parts that hang especially the abdominal region just won't tighten up.  This drastic change has caused many women including myself to fall into a great depression. This drastic change has also caused many  men to cringe at the sight of their woman's new body. Some men stuck it out and continue to love the wonderful woman who has given birth to their beautiful  child, while others leave this heroine who has sacrificed her body for her child.  Unfortunately this occurs more often than many would like to accept or admit. Therfore I must give the shamed and ashamed a voice. I must at least try to bring forth change. Having A baby is a beautiful and miraculous honor and no mother should ever feel less beautiful after performing such a wonderful and heroic act. This is why I've come up with the Mommy Makeover Act. Which would allow one free Mommy Makeover for every woman who gives birth to a child during her life time. This makeover would be fully covered by ALL insurance policy(medicaid included) regardless of the woman's  age, race, or creed. Mothers will have the right to choose the surgeon of her choice and the recovery costs would also be fully covered by her insurance policy. The price of insurance premiums would not rise for women if this bill is passed.  Some may not know exactly what a Mommy Makeover Is so let me educate you on this process. A Mommy Makeover is a surgery that helps a woman look and feel more like she did prior to childbirth. The procedure typically consists of a tummy tuck, liposuction, butt lift and some kind of cosmetic breast surgery. The cost of the Mommy Makeover can range from ten to twenty thousand depending on the state and surgeon.  I believe every mother deserves the option to get her body back. I believe this amount is nothing compared to the value of a mother. So I ask everyone reading this to help me give a Mommy a Makeover. Moms are known for putting everyone before herself. Moms are always making sure everyone is happy and healthy. Well now it's your turn to put mom's first and make sure she's happy and healthy. Thank you for your time and I hope you sign. Peace and Blessings. 

Jem Gordon
57 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Andrew Cuomo

Declare May National Mothers Awareness Month

National Mothers Awareness Month was created to raise awareness about the importance of Mom's Health and Fitness including; Single moms trying to make ends meet. Many are run single parent households and haven’t been to see a medical doctor in years, or have enough knowledge about how to eat healthy and stay fit. Mom’s that run full family households. Helping Dad and children get through their days. car pool – their children and friends, cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, laundry, clean home, and spend quality time with family, etc. According to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau, about 12 million single parent families with children under the age of 18, more than 80% were headed by single mothers MISSION: To raise awareness and: The whole month of May is “Motherhood Month” where we celebrate GOOD Mothers & the role of Motherhood. Is a chance for active and non-active Mothers to reconnect or bond with their child(ren) through Mothers Month Community Activities. Recognizes the contributions of Mothers and/or Mother figures make to the lives of their children Increases visibility about Single mothers that have greater difficulty dealing with societal influences and instilling morals, values and maintaining without a father figure for their children. Increase awareness about 84% of households with children are being reared by biological single mothers. Mothers Awareness Month educates Heterosexual Women more about contraception and the consequences of unprotected sex that can lead to the spread of STD’s, abortions, unwanted pregnancies, committing their unwanted child into the foster care system. Mothers Awareness Month Raises Awareness about the importance of Mothers who maintain a healthy lifestyle are role models for their children and have happier, healthier families. Focuses on a broad range of Single Mother Issues including lack of community support, lack of extended paid leave and flextime also legal, financial and economic difficulties. Raises awareness, visibility and support to help keep Good Mothers involved in the rearing of their own biological children. Helps to reduce the rate of unwanted children in the foster care system, aborted or abandoned on the street. Helps to reduce the number of single parent households Healthy Moms = Healthy Families. So let's Raise Awareness & Celebrate the importance of Mothers Everywhere by convincing the President of the United States, Senate, and Congress to Declare May as "Mothers Awareness Month"!! Visit our website for more information: Mothers Awareness Month

Awareness Month
76 supporters