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Now more than ever, the news and current events coming at us aren’t just headlines and soundbites, but real-world issues that can have a big impact on the lives of mothers and their families.  New Orleans Mom serves as a key resource for mothers who are looking to make sense of the latest news and current events, such as lockdowns, politics, and of course, storm preparation and response.

Our writers live here, like you, and are able to offer their own distinct New Orleans perspective on the important news and current events of the day. We take a look at the coronavirus pandemic by comparing it Hurricane Katrina, which many of us experienced nearly 15 years earlier. We offered perspective after Hurricane Ida rolled through our area

One of our readers’ favorite news and current events features is our “Be the Change” series, where we point out groups that are working hard to make the Crescent City a better place for all who live here. From a group fighting for equity in the hospitality industry to an organization providing key support for students across the region, “Be the Change” both informs and inspires. One of our most popular installments in the series was our report on Project Butterfly New Orleans, a program providing critical support for girls of African descent in our area. 

So if the news and current events of the day seem overwhelming, don’t hesitate to check out the timely, relevant, and thought-provoking updates from New Orleans Mom for a Big Easy perspective on the headlines of the day. 

The first time I came to New Orleans, I was a high school senior considering Tulane University. After spending an afternoon in the French Quarter, before I had even set foot on Tulane’s campus, I knew I was going...
My family has lived in New Orleans for generations. I remember them talking about Betsy all the time, “I didn’t evacuate for Betsy” and “I survived Betsy” blah blah blah. But this storm coming, this storm was different. It...
Thirteen years ago, I watched in horror and sadness as the waters rose around us and did not stop. It was by far the most devastating and traumatic experience I had ever been through, and I had never felt...
I never thought I would be grateful for Hurricane Katrina. Certainly, I learned much about humanity, family, and resiliency. And for those lessons and experiences, I am grateful. I would not have met my now ex-husband, if not for...
In August 2005 I was an 18-year-old college sophomore who had just decided to move back to New Orleans. A few days before the storm I evacuated with friends and family, as we had done so many times before....
This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” we'd like to introduce you to NOLA Baby Café, an organization committed to their mission to inspire, educate and support women and their families on their journey to a healthier life...
So many of our neighboring regions have graciously opened up their arms, businesses, and homes to us over the last week due to Hurricane Ida. Without others’ generosity, so many of us New Orleanians would not have survived. It’s...
This month for our "Be the Change Spotlight" I'd like to introduce you to The Beautiful Foundation. I spoke with Lauren Perry, Director of the foundation, and am so excited to share all I learned about this exciting nonprofit...
“Oh, I’m sure we will just evacuate for a few days for nothing.” This was the gist of what family and friends were saying the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. See, before Katrina, hurricane evacuations were sometimes dubbed...
It's been 9 years. The memories are fuzzy, fading slightly. But some things will never be forgotten. How I evacuated with my boyfriend of a few months, wearing only a bathing suit and cover-up. Literally, no underwear. I was...

The Toyota Effect

Disclosure :: This post was created in partnership with our sponsor Toyota.  The Toyota Effect When you think of the brand name Toyota, you probably think of cars. But did you know that Toyota has a greater mission? Toyota believes that organizations should...
There are details that are so incredibly vivid nine years later, and there are those that have faded with time. But at the end of the day, those details don't matter, it's the lessons I learned in the aftermath...
If you are an LSU fan, a jello-shot lover, or even just a human being on social media, you are aware of LSU’s baseball team headed to the College World Series Championship. Playing half their season ranked as number...
Before I begin, let me acknowledge and concede that I don't have the answers. I don't pretend to. I know we are in the age of identity politics but I do not fall into that category. I align with...

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