Petition to Kim Malfacini, nicole jackson
Allow ads for breastfeeding products on Instagram
In 2015 Instagram updated their community guidelines to specifically state that breastfeeding photos are allowed, bringing it in line with Facebook's policy. And because of the countless emails, DM's, comments from hundreds of breastfeeding mothers who are just as furious as we are about Instagram and Facebook denying our ads, categorizing our breastfeeding images as "nudity and sexual content, we started this petition. Because no matter how many times we appeal, Facebook replies with "we're sorry for the inconvenience but our say on this matter remains unchanged". If you've ever breastfed, are currently breastfeeding, plan to breastfeed or are just flat out outraged by the fact that lingerie and swimsuit ads (showing far more bare skin) are allowed in Facebook ads policies, but images of breastfeeding mothers showing her bare shoulder is NOT, we urge you to sign this petition. Because it's not just about these ads, it's about every single breastfeeding mother out there. It's about the entire #normalizebreastfeeding movement. It's about beginning to heal society's shame and stigma about the beautiful natural act of breastfeeding. It starts here, with us, right now! Let's change the world together. #PowerInNumbers Sure, you will advertise content where women are displayed as sexual beings, but if we try to advertise how women are deeper, truer, have more fiber and self-worth as mothers... then we're out of control and offensive. We ask the following: 1) Extract breastfeeding pictures/information/websites from the "nudity and sexual content" category. It simply doesn't belong there. 2) Allow ads that feature images of breastfeeding mothers. Including main images, the landing page URL, products, etc. And the right to advertise products for breastfeeding mothers as we would any other product or service. -Lindsay White Owner @thelittlemilkbar_
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, 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
Petition to Jay Inslee
Paid 4th Trimester Leave for Washington Parents
Mothers in Washington State are faced with a hard decision when it comes to having children. Every mother has enough on their mind during their pregnancy and the first months of their child's life: What hospital to have their child born at? What medical care do they want in their birth plan? Their mother-in-law wants to be in the room during the birth, how does she feel about that?Simply because we live in Washington State, (easily one of the more advanced states in technology, home of Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing), new mothers are faced with the decision of how to care for their home and newborn child once they are born.Because Washington State does not govern paid parental leave for new parents (much less adoptive parents or same sex parents) are faced with the decision of how much unpaid time off they can afford while recovering physically from child birth and any time to bond with their child.I encourage our representatives to seriously consider funding for parents to have paid parental leave in Washington State. The benefits to the parents and children are endless.I have done the research and in order for this petition to become reality I need actual signatures, online won't do it. I can email or Facebook message you the pdf for you to sign if you would like to be a part of this.Although I appreciate the support for anyone anywhere, only Washington State registered voters can sign the petition for it to move forward.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Save Mothers' Lives by Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates in the U.S.
The maternal mortality rate in the United States is higher than that of any other developed nation. Not only that, but the number of maternal deaths due to pregnancy-related conditions continues to rise. In fact, the U.S. maternal mortality rate has risen by 63.7% since 2000. However, these statistics don't have to exist since most maternal deaths can be avoided; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that more than half of these cases are preventable. United States's legislators need to pass bills S.1112/H.R. 1318 to establish maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) in participating states to evaluate cases of maternal death and thereby identify their causes. The bills will encourage states to improve information gathering on maternal care during the pregnancy and post-partum periods and to test the effectiveness of different, evidence-based intervention methods to prevent and reduce rates of maternal death. Image: https://jeffreysterlingmd.com/tag/maternal-mortality/