Stuff in the News
There’s a lot going on in current events right now that connects to women’s lives and our abilities to thrive, especially as parents and we have a lot of reading to catch up on. I mentioned several thought provoking books and articles on this week’s episode of Common Sense Pregnancy, Parenting & Politics and I promised to share the links. Here’s what we’re reading now:
I spoke with two authors this week that I admire a lot – Heather Armstrong, (AKA Dooce) and Emily Oster. Heather is the author of the newly released book, The Valedictorian Of Being Dead, a memoir about her participation in an extreme medical study that ultimately helped her recover from severe depression. Emily Oster is the author of Expecting Better, and the newly released, Cribsheet - A Data Driven Guide To Better, More Relaxed Parenting from Birth to Preschool.
Both women tell the truth and talk about motherhood in ways we haven’t heard before and I am grateful for it. Smart women who are willing to share their stories, experiences and knowledge and to write, speak and fill space with critical information we desperately need - those are my people! Pick up their books and do some learning. They’re excellent writers.
I also mentioned several news articles that discuss:
The resolution Senator Kamala Harris introduced to improve maternal healthcare for Black women:
The Georgia abortion ban:
A new breakthrough treatment for postpartum depression:
How women are penalized for motherhood at work:
I know that’s a lot to read, but I also know you’re up to the task because you’re some of those smart women I mentioned above, my people! Let’s do our homework together, shall we?
Oh and one last thing: We also talked more about why I want you to pick up your copy of Mom’s Side of the Story. Part journal, part workbook, it’s a guide to help you chart the course of your own pregnancy and birth and write your pregnancy into your life story. That’s how we change the narrative – by writing our true stories. Seriously, it’s a game changer.