Roots of bias about obesity.

My basic nursing education was in collegiate program from 1968 to 1972. I will always remember several patients assigned to me. One was Mrs. L, who was admitted in 1970 to the medical ICU for what was  then called Pickwickian Syndrome. Today it is called: obesity-hypoventilation syndrome, and consists of the triad of obesity, sleep.. read more →

May 14, 2022 March for Choice

Today was a sunny and warm May Saturday.  I dusted off the button I wore 50 years ago in my first protest marches, and put it on my hat. I had saved the button for half a century, thinking that my kids would be interested in a relic of the ancient, restrictive past. I never.. read more →

Breastfeeding in the 21st century.

How can breastfeeding work well when 23% of mothers are back to work within 2 weeks of giving birth, with the average length of time for maternity leave being 10 weeks? https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-long-is-the-average-maternity-leave-4590252 Here’s how:  breastfeed exclusively for as long as you can, sleep safely with your nursing baby, learn about your breast pump so that.. read more →

Postpone jury duty for breastfeeding.

In 1975 and again in 1990, I was summoned for jury duty. At those times, I was also breastfeeding my babies. There was no way I could leave my babies to give my full attention to a trial. I would have had to leave the trial every few hours to take milk out. This would.. read more →

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

A paragraph from this recent study jumped out at me:  ( Pearlman Shapiro, Marit et al. “Breastfeeding and contraception counseling: a qualitative study.” BMC pregnancy and childbirth vol. 22,1 154. 25 Feb. 2022, doi:10.1186/s12884-022-04451-2) “Among women who attended a prenatal visit at Montefiore, more than one-third did not return for a postpartum visit, highlighting a.. read more →

Observations from a 20-year old nursing student.

I did my maternity rotation at Bellevue Hospital in 1970. Even then, at age 20,  I was horrified at the care given by hospital staff. I wrote this essay for a class assignment. I wonder about the impact on all the nursing students who were taught to accept, to abet, and to function in a.. read more →