1. To share cross cultural postpartum recipes, traditions and wisdom.
2. To expose current postpartum realities.
3. To promote Postpartum Justice.
PHASE I (2014-2017)
Our current project extends Phase One and Phase Two of From Mothers to Mothers (M2M) which began as an undergraduate student project based at UC Berkeley. M2M initially focused on the postpartum recipes of immigrant and refugee Asian American women. The group successfully published, in April 2017, a well-received multicultural and multilingual recipe book that features postpartum recipes written in Korean, H’mong, Cambodian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog and translated into English.
PHASE II (2018-2019)
Phase II of M2M has three major components. One was to create this website (m2mpostpartum.org) that shared cross cultural postpartum recipes/stories, explored contemporary postpartum realities in the USA and defined “postpartum justice”.
The second major component of our efforts was to organize an experimental course at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 2018: "Traditional Postpartum Wisdom - Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice".
Thirdly, we hosted the Postpartum Justice Summit at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco on April 6, 2019 to highlight (1) Black maternal health equity, (2) current fights for justice and (3) forging a new postpartum culture.
Through our work in Phase II, we came to define “Postpartum Justice”:
Postpartum Justice is the set of values forming the foundation of postpartum care that is fair and equitable. It is free from sexism, racism and a health care system that is based on profit. Postpartum Justice recognizes society’s collective responsibility for all parents of new babies. It distills the postpartum wisdom of the past and transforms it to serve the future.
PHASE III (2019-future)
M2M is now moving into Phase III which will center on the experience of the Black and Indigenous communities and the building of a new Postpartum Culture to serve new moms in the post-industrial society.
Projects that we are engaged in:
(1) “Nourish!” - Rebuilding an intergenerational community to support new moms by making postpartum nourishment available, accessible and affordable.
(2) “Postpartum Herstory” - Collecting postpartum recipes, stories, songs, and photos from the Black and Indigenous communities.
(3) “Postpartum Justice Day” - Organizing the official recognition of the 3rd Sunday of May (the Sunday after Mother’s Day) to be Postpartum Justice Day in cities, counties and states.
(4) Promoting Postpartum Justice in the Black and Indigenous communities and on university campuses.