Category: Notes From the Motherfield

Notes From The Motherfield is an edited column of fieldnotes, essays, and writings of various shapes and durations by motherwriters.

Unwelcome in my country, Unwelcome in my church

WHY CAMILLE DUNGY CAN’T GET OVER THIS ELECTION   First published by LitHub January 2017 During the prayers of the people on the Sunday after America’s recent presidential election, the pastor read the prayer card of a congregant who sought comfort and support for those who have been imperiled as a result of this new

Beth Alvarado

The Motherhood Poems On the birth of my first grandchild The baby was born early. Eight weeks early to be exact. They now count gestation in weeks not months. I stood in the hall and heard his first cry. Like a kitten, small and mewing. He was small. Four pounds, three ounces.

Khadijah Queen

Mothering Solo 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 paper/(in)expensive ornament on your

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 Postpartum mood disorders are far from rare. Statistics show that up to 1 in 7 women may experience postpartum depression

Toi Derricotte

Writing Natural Birth I wrote Natural Birth when my son was sixteen years old.