September is Suicide Awareness month so this post will not be all hearts and flowers. Trigger warning: this post deals with that issue intimately. Today, I will open my heart and share something deeply personal not for my own benefit but for the benefit of other people and families struggling and to raise awareness for […]Read More It’s Suicide Awareness Month but we are not helpless.
This week was a heart-wrenching week for many, myself included. I watched with baited breath as the procedural vote happened on the floor of the Senate, checking a livefeed at work as often as I could. I saw votes cast in real time. Then, the vote-a-rama. And, finally the so-called “skinny repeal”. As a political […]Read More Health Care is a Feminist Issue
This week, a lot of strange things took place on Capitol Hill. A strange, archaic way to pass bills was used to call for a motion to open debate on a bill. Various versions of “reform” were trotted out for the “Obamacare Crisis”. One version would have removed health coverage from an estimated 30 million […]Read More Let’s Not Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater, Okay?
I have several life-threatening food allergies: shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts. I’ve had anaphylactic reactions to nuts and shellfish but, thankfully not peanuts (yet). I developed a serious reaction to nuts and peanuts later in life (my early 20s) and my shellfish allergy has always been there. We have come a long way since my childhood with […]Read More A plea from a mom with allergies: Ask, don’t tell
You can see I’ve changed the blog – right down to the fact that we have our own domain now, folks! I was inspired. I just got an awesome new job. Leaving the old one wasn’t easy. I loved my coworkers, I felt valued, my work was meaningful. I was helping at-risk people and representing […]Read More Time for A Change (and Growth)
Common wisdom about pre-eclampsia seems to be that it ends after pregnancy. Most people know pregnancy hypertension means you need to get the baby out before mom’s blood pressure spikes even more. Because it is usually successfully treated, I’ve heard people say that it’s “no big deal”. Still, between 5 and 8% of births in […]Read More Pre-Eclampsia and Heart Disease: Why We Need Medicaid Expansion
As someone who has devoted her life to empirical research, it is really, really hard to read journalistic accounts of “studies” which totally miss the mark. In my younger years as a hungry PhD student, I taught methods labs to aspiring political scientists and double-majors in journalism at a university with a top J-School. My job […]Read More How NOT to write about the science in sleep training literature.
Today, I’m talking about an issue that does not attract much attention even in the circles which discuss pre-natal and post-natal depression. Honestly, even in the discussion of mental illness, this topic is often left out even if it is an especially common issue. Today, I am approaching drug abuse in pregnancy and in struggles […]Read More Substance Abuse is a Feminist Issue and a Maternal Issue
When R was born, I wanted to see the placenta. I asked about that in our birth class. Everyone in the room thought I was weird for asking, “Can we see our placenta”. Much to my husband’s dismay and horror, I did see it (and so did he). I grew up with horses giving birth […]Read More I’m Officially Opposed to Encapsulating Your Placenta Now