Fed up with what the media tells moms they “should” want for Mother’s Day, the talented writers behind the blog Rants from Mommyland have devised something new: The Mother Pucker Project.
“We want to reach out to moms in need and give them a little encouragement, help and love,” writes blogger Julie Miner, who also writes for Strollerderby. “It’s about letting a mom who really needs it know that someone, somewhere GETS IT. That we see her for who she is and we want to thank her for what she’s doing for her kids.”
I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Julie about this project. We’re both kind of ridiculous and overly caffeinated, so I figured the interview should probably just stand on its own.
Joslyn: What’s the deal with The Mother Pucker Project?
Julie: We’re pairing up moms who might not otherwise receive anything on Mother’s Day with moms who get it. So that everyone gets a little something — a thank you, an acknowledgment — on Mother’s Day.
Joslyn: So who might be a candidate to get some Mother Pucker love on Mother’s Day?
Julie: It can be a single mom that you know, it can be your sister, a co-worker, a friend going through a rough divorce, someone with a deployed spouse, a mom with a baby in the NICU or one who is living at a domestic violence shelter. You pick someone, and then you hook them up.
Joslyn: So then, we’re hookers?
Julie: Yes. Yes, we are.
Joslyn: Can you please clarify exactly what kind of hooking I’m going to be participating in?
Julie: You hook up a mom with a little gift. A card.
Joslyn: What kind of gifts are we talking about here? Frankly I don’t have the money to be handing out spa days, much as I would love to.
Julie: It could be a book, flowers, a small gift card, a Dr. Pepper lip gloss … anything that will make a mom feel appreciated, and let her know that someone out there is thinking of her.
Joslyn: Can I still tell people at my PTA that I’m a hooker?
Julie: Sure! And they will totally think you’re bad-ass.
Joslyn: What if I don’t know anyone going through a rough time?
Julie: We will totally hook you up. Because we’re hookers. You can email Rants from Mommyland (see this post), and we’ll pair you up with someone you can help. You can also email us to nominate yourself or someone else to get some Mother Pucker love. If you want, you can even hook up a mom in a developing country with a clean birth kit so she doesn’t die while giving birth.
Joslyn: Julie, you just totally bummed me out. But what is a clean birth kit?
Julie: It’s a kit you can put together for about $2, that will be distributed in places like rural Papua New Guinea, where 1 in 7 women die in childbirth. The kit provides really, really basic items: soap, plastic gloves, gauze, and string to tie off the umbilical cord.
Joslyn: I think I smell a Mother’s Day project for my daughters’ Girl Scout troop.
Julie: Awesome. People can also just make donations to Bloggers for Birth Kits, a nonprofit organization that delivers the birth kits to the moms in Papua New Guinea. Or to World Birth Aid, who will be taking them to Sierra Leone this summer. You could also totally make a donation to honor your mom, because she has enough damn potpourri. A $10 donation can save the lives of five mamas.
Joslyn: So basically you’re now a hooker of international proportions.
Julie: I am. Because every minute a women dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing nations. For every woman who dies in childbirth, another 30 women incur injuries and infections, which are often preventable.
Joslyn: You sound suspiciously like you know what you’re talking about. Is it possible you’re also some kind of medical hooker?
Julie: I teach Global and Community Health. And I have a Master’s Degree in public health.
Joslyn: Did you just say you’re a Master Hooker?
Julie: I think so. I should point out that there are some additional awesome hookers working on this project that are also masters. Or mistresses. Kate, Guru Louise and I are all working on this together.
Joslyn: Anything else we should know?
Julie: Yes! We also have Mother Pucker swag like t-shirts, mugs, and iPhone cases that you can buy to support the project. All of the proceeds will be donated to Bloggers for Birth Kits. Also, you look really hawt today. Seriously.
Joslyn: We’re on the phone. But thank you.
I am so proud of the women behind Rants from Mommyland. They are funny and smart and make me feel better about the mess in my living room. In between making me snort coffee at my laptop, they show em how “mommy bloggers” can be impactful. Their Helping Hookers project last Christmas matched up over 2,100 moms to make the holidays happen for families struggling to pay for any kind of presents. The stories they shared after that made me laugh and cry. I can’t wait to see what the Mother Pucker Project brings us this Mother’s Day.