Comfort Measures for Expectant Mothers

Labor is a difficult ordeal for many women who experience pain. But labor doesn’t have to be like that. There are comfort measures specifically designed to relieve a pregnant mama’s pain. These positions are often done with your husband, boyfriend or support person. I wanted to learn more about comfort measures firsthand with doula Nikia Lawson, of Fort Worth, Texas. With over 22 years experience helping mothers through pregnancy and postpartum, Ms. Lawson was the Read more about Comfort Measures for Expectant Mothers[…]

African American Women DYING to Give Birth

The headline by Pro Publica/NPR caught my eye. It startled me. It read, “Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth.” Does nothing protect us? A month earlier I had learned I was pregnant with my second child. My first pregnancy ended at 26 weeks, 5 days when I gave birth to my son William. I spent 84 consecutive days in the hospital with him. I had no desire to repeat that experience but I Read more about African American Women DYING to Give Birth[…]

I Did Not See This Coming!

Black Female Writer That Is Who I Am! There was a call for Black Women Writers. It was titled “50in50: Writing Women Into Existence.” I had no idea of what piece to submit. I have written many poems chronicling the last few tumultuous years of my life. But I did not know what piece quite captured what it felt like to be a woman. Then I remembered and submitted the poem I had written entitled Read more about I Did Not See This Coming![…]

My Journey Through Reluctant Motherhood

I didn’t choose motherhood. It chose me. I was the reluctant mother. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son William. He is the apple of my eye. But truthfully I was reluctant to become his mother, even after he was born. I always wanted the career, the husband and the freedom to live life. Having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormonal endocrine disorder very common in women, made it easy for me not to worry Read more about My Journey Through Reluctant Motherhood[…]

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