Category: Columns

Khadijah Queen

Mothering Solo by Khadijah Queen   Mothering is the ultimate convergence of public and private. From the moment your belly swells, the fact that you are/have been sexually active becomes publicly displayed. The implicit questions: Who has impregnated you? Does he have cultural/institutional permission? Do you, expectant mother, have permission? Where is the piece of

Pooja Makhijani, Sharline Chiang, Tyrese L. Coleman, MK, & A’Driane Nieves

Saving One Another’s Lives: A Conversation with Women Writers of Color About Postpartum Mood Disorders by Pooja Makhijani, Sharline Chiang, Tyrese L. Coleman, MK, & A’Driane Nieves Postpartum mood disorders are far from rare. Statistics show that up to 1 in 7 women may experience postpartum depression, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive disorder. These disorders make it hard

Toi Derricotte

Writing Natural Birth by Toi Derricotte   I wrote Natural Birth when my son was sixteen years old. He was away on an Outward Bound expedition in the mountains of Washington State. It was the first time we had been separated for such an extended time, not even in phone reach, and it brought up some

Christine Simokaitis

It Happens Like This by Christine Simokaitis   I think I’m having a miscarriage. Yesterday morning I took the pregnancy test and told Tim the happy news, but then at the park, after dinner, the cramps began. We were watching Caleb on the curly slide, and I had to sit down all of a sudden from

Adria Bernardi

motherhood is requiring that much listening / over time by Adria Bernardi   “Between 10 and 18 months a baby’s emotions are developed. Emotions are clearly connected with long-term memory.” “The brain is shaped most during the first 10 years of life. . . Teaching music, language, and other lifelong skills will be easier during these