Sex Ed Failed Me

Sex Ed Failed Me
As a woman who went through sex ed in public schools, I felt I was sold a bill of goods. It failed to prepare me for cervical fluids, cleaning my vulva properly, choosing the right menstrual products and more. Sometime in my early 20's after being on hormonal birth control for several years already, I woke up. I read "Cunt, A Declaration of Independence" and it was raw. It stirred up feelings of anger and betrayal. I wasn't sure what to do with this newfou

Are Doulas Just for Natural Birth?

Misconceptions about birth doulas abound. Ever heard Ali Wong’s bit about doulas? (Spoiler: I don’t even like quinoa. Marci might, though. I speak only for my own taste.) White hippie witch or no, I spend a lot more time reading Evidence Based Birth than I do perfecting my quinoa recipes. (Seriously though, I ate it once on my first foray into Paleo, ten years ago, and thought it was gross. Has it improved?) I SWEAR I HAVE A POINT. Lots of them,...

Why I March: Radical Reproductive Awareness

When I first heard there was going to be a Women's March in Washington, D.C. I wanted to be there, on the National Mall with what would turn out to be a massive crowd of women and men. A women's strike. A strike against the new administration. A march for so many reasons and causes I care deeply about. I care deeply about reproductive issues. As a doula who works with women every day, I have seen fear in their eyes. I have heard their struggle to rationali