Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance (mostly about parenting, children's literature, and mental health), making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. Her bio feels incomplete without this mention of coffee.
I love this idea. I had to restrain myself to telling you on the phone call! I was just wondering if you were familiar with the organization of This Is My Brave? The founder is a friend of mine and would probably love to share your mission/vision!
Sorry for the delayed response and thanks for your question!
I see this as primarily helping the under-resourced mom. I hate that postpartum help is a luxury when it's something that will help new mothers and their babies.
I'm still brainstorming ways to begin to implement this project. But ideally, mothers would hear about the project from their healthcare providers or from birth workers they encounter. However, since we are targeting under-resourced mothers, they may not have access to birth workers outside of their primary provider. In my imagined project, mothers could go online to sign up, complete a small training about postpartum help, and the system would match them with moms in their area who are requesting postpartum help. They'd complete volunteer hours helping other mothers in their community and then once they themselves deliver, they can go back in the system and request help from other expectant moms. Some barriers I see right now: what if the mothers do not have internet access? How will we provide help to mothers who speak different languages? How will we begin the project with enough women that everyone is guaranteed help?