Pandemic Parenting Interview with Batnadiv Hakarmi, by Rachael Grad

I was teaching before the pandemic in 3 different places. During the pandemic, it was a real struggle to teach on zoom with kids at home. I didn’t go back to teaching until after lockdown was over because it was too difficult to get childcare. I used to teach art at Brandeis University in the summer and I really miss it. I found there isn’t that much flexibility in teaching so between lockdowns and quarantines, I transitioned to giving workshops and doing freelance editing. The work does take away from my art practice – it’s a constant juggle to make time and space. From the online exhibit: Pandemic Parenting, organized by Rachael Grad for the Museum of Motherhood.

Grow Mama Grow

There is always plenty to do around this house! At MoM, we continue to be actively reviewing multiple infrastructure definitions, fundraising initiatives, and plans for growth. In the meantime, creating compelling content and opportunities to connect virtually and in-person are essential. JOIN us (Wed) JUNE 22 6:30-8PM EST for a community talk and discussion on Zoom at our NEW COMMUNITY Online. We invite you to pre-register for this FREE workshop. RSVP on the community site with Dr. Roksana Badruddoja, and more about Memberships, Ally Letters, and Healing through the Generations.

MOM Welcomes Guest Artist Jessica Caldas

Each of my daughters was born in traumatic circumstances. My first was born 6 weeks premature and my second was born in mid-2020 during the height of the first Covid wave. Each time after giving birth, I experienced postpartum depression. My body had done incredible feats, but it now felt foreign. Over time I realized I needed to regain a balance between caring for my daughters and caring for my mental health. My art practice has become an outlet to cope with, at times, crippling anxiety. It is a meditation on what it means to be an artist, a parent, a woman.

Food Fights, Life, Death, and M/otherhood

American mothers, for better or worse, live in a country with no Social Security benefits for their time at home, an ongoing non-equitable pay situation, and a lack of federally mandated parental leave, the formula crisis is just another tip of the iceberg (among many other things). For many this is a life and death situation that begins with birth and ends, in the case of many, with death. I am specifically noting the fact that the US has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation. Tonight, Sunday May 22 @ 7-8:30PM (EST) we discuss these topics during a FREE film screening of Funnel of Dreams about the lack of supportive American Policies for moms and families. Join us! Motherhood is ONE FUCK of a journey!