Yes, I am mom enough

Thanks, but no thanks, TIME magazine. We don’t need you to ask us if we are “mom enough” or to define the standards of acceptable or “extreme” parenting. We mothers ARE enough, without apology or justification. I’d rather focus on ways that I and other mothers can feel positive and confident in our ability to … Continue reading

Parenting / Spirituality

The soul of motherhood

In response to the recent spate of articles sensationalizing parenting choices and emphasizing negative attitudes towards motherhood (just in time for Mother’s Day!), I wanted to offer a different perspective that examines motherhood as a transformative, empowering, and sacred rite of passage and how we can support that process. The psychiatrist Carl Jung defined an … Continue reading

Advocacy / Maternal Heath Care / Parenting

Maternal health care is a right, not an option

In March 2o11, The Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011 (H.R. 894) was introduced by Rep. John Conyers, D-MI to reduce maternal mortality in the United States, provide greater transparency for reporting on pregnancy-related deaths and improve outcomes through research, education and awareness.(See italicized text below for a summary of the Act’s provisions.) According to … Continue reading