Reaction without reflection makes a mess.

Dr. Fiona Jardine edits neuropsychological assessment reports about children. She sometimes uses  a template called “Twice Exceptionality” when writing about children with high intelligence and ADHD. How I wish I had known this about myself before now. “Twice exceptionality means that because of the child’s high intellectual abilities, she tends to intellectualize and verbalize information.. read more →

A chronic disease

I’ve been studying white supremacy, and how it has served me. I haven’t yet seen all the ways that being born and raised white has built my life: my hospital birth and medical care, my education, my career, my opportunities, my choices, my parenting, my housing, and my safety. I am only just now beginning.. read more →

Thoughts about the power of life and death.

Yesterday, in my township, I went on a protest march. At least 500 people participated. The crowd was diverse: old and young, black and white, masked and unmasked. The local police used their cars to line the streets we walked; other officers mingled with the crowd and elbow-bumped with many.  A popular state senator made.. read more →

Health has to compete with industry

For over 40 years I have been working with mothers and babies to teach about and to encourage breastfeeding. Most mothers make milk starting in pregnancy, and will have an increase in milk volume after the placenta is delivered. Yet the big question in my work is “will the mother give this milk to her.. read more →

The second book.

I never imagined I would have enough to say to write a second book. My first book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding Therapy,  was inspired by an exciting idea that fueled 2 years of work, with the final manuscript published in 2011. 11 years ago, I started writing something to help new parents and.. read more →

Meanness breeds meanness.

I felt embarrassed by the White Hours Correspondent’s Dinner videos I saw. I saw mud-slinging. I saw KellyAnne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Saunders hold their heads up, and be gracious and polite during the onslaught of petty remarks that were neither funny nor respectful. While I disagree with their views, I give them the respect.. read more →