Birth in America: Reflections on power and social media

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Meredith’s Story “Amy, can you meet us at the hospital in an hour?” my doula client asks. “We are trying to decide what... Read more

How to respond to tantrums

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What is a tantrum? According to the National Association of School Psychologists, a tantrum occurs when a young child, usually between the... Read more

Circumcision, cultural bias, and the question of consent

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“My penis was cut without my consent and without good reason. This will not happen to our son.” My husband speaks with clarity... Read more

In praise of breast milk

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Attached to my left hip and resting snuggly in his carrier, Taber spent the afternoon with me exploring downtown Philadelphia. At one point... Read more

Cancer at Christmas: reflections on gratitude and hope

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It’s a quiet day in the hospital. My footsteps echo down the cold, clean corridor. I pass the gift shop and notice red and green tinsel... Read more

Blessings for a mother-to-be

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Oh, you who radiate life A blessing May your pregnancy unfold with ease May gentleness surround you Joy for precious days Days of two hearts... Read more

Loving kindness at Thanksgiving

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As we move into the Thanksgiving season, the vibrant energy of loving-kindness offers true sustenance. The importance of delicious holiday... Read more

Iran on my mind

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I pull my 22-month-old son along in the hand-made red, wooden wagon my husband built last Christmas. We enjoy our familiar “wagon rides”... Read more