peppermint mom myth

Unpacking the Peppermint Mom Myth

Riley North awakens from a coma after surviving a brutal attack that killed her husband and daughter. When the system shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channeling frustration into motivation, the young widow spends years in hiding — honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force. Eluding the underworld, the police and the FBI, Riley embarks on a deadly quest to deliver her own personal brand of punishment.

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When Jennifer Garner’s movie Peppermint came out in September, I gleefully handed over my money to watch my favorite “nice mom” convert her pain into bloody revenge. A conscious act of comparing lives… “at least I don’t have it that bad”. “At least my husband and children are alive”. Sigh. I didn’t get the salve I was looking for. No movie or Netflix binging is going to replace the need for better pregnancy and birth options. The system failed.

Women and families should be able to give birth in their communities. $4000 deductibles and 50% co-insurance plans are causing families to avoid birth. Families are waiting for childbearing…if they can find a nearby hospital with a labor and delivery unit. Google Fort Scott, Kansas Hospital. Missouri ranks 42nd per the CDC in Mother mortality. Wyandotte County ranks the highest in infant deaths in the nation.

The answer to the maternity problem is more humane woman/family centric pregnancy and birth options. We can’t afford our broken expensive system any longer. Peppermint Moms & Dads, call on your state legislators to improve the system for all Mothers. We need more Midwives, more Birth Centers, and more family friendly Pregnancy insurance options. I know getting involved is scary, but we are worth it !

Look up your Elected Officials here;

Riley awakens in her own bed, hours after giving birth to her first child in a free-standing birth center. While the system rewards high acuity and expensive services, Riley saved thousands of dollars by choosing out of hospital birth, routing money to save other at-risk Mothers and Babies. Channeling frustration into motivation, the young Mother spends months recovering, breastfeeding and bonding with her baby– honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force. She is supported by her spouse, family & friends. She votes, contacts her legislators, and lobbies her employer to improve birth benefits for all women. Eluding the status quo, Riley embarks on a powerful quest to deliver her own personal brand of pregnancy power to Mothers everywhere.

-Kendra Wyatt