In a room filled with bright lights, Janeal, entered her active stage of labor. With each contraction, she yelled and screamed. I held her hand and reminded her to breathe. Her hands were warm and soft. This was her second Read More »
Last year’s presidential campaign trail banter was not unlike that of election year’s past, in that it was full of nasty, backhanded, gender-based undercuts aimed at delegitimizing opponents and drawing out emotional responses at the ballot box. Noticeably different from Read More »
Pregnancy is one of the most life-changing times in someone’s life — usually in multiple lives. My five year journey into reproductive health was ignited after attending my first birth as a doula (a non-medical support person). I’ve had the Read More »
Today marks three years since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer. That’s three years that his mother, Lesley McSpadden, has mourned her son.
Ms. McSpadden and other mothers of black people slain by police in Read More »
For years, the anti-abortion movement has popularized the myth that patients regret their abortion, or are somehow coerced into having the procedure before they are ready. This falsehood forms the foundation for many restrictive laws that states have enacted in Read More »
Current data indicates that black women have the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the US. There are many reasons for this, including lack of access to resources, substandard healthcare and historical trauma. But what is not true however, are popular Read More »
Last week, I got my life when New York Times best-selling author (and friend) Janet Mock appeared on The Breakfast Club. She discussed her most recent memoir, Surpassing Certainty, and gracefully shared her story of living as a bold, bad-ass Read More »
Feelings of forced vulnerability and exploitation cycled through my body as I waited for my number to be called at a local HIV testing clinic. I didn’t know what to think of my predicament. I was the girl who always Read More »
When the American Health Care Act(AHCA) passed the House, my first thought was: Shit, would I have to stop having sex?
The AHCA, the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, will roll back advances the previous Read More »
Graphic designer and illustrator Micah Bazant is an “artivist” whose work goes beyond political propaganda. Using vibrant colors and bold statements about social justice, the Bay Area resident creates posters, T-shirts, and digital postcards featuring real and imagined people, ancestors Read More »