The Notre Dame Social Justice Award

This year, the University of Notre Dame awarded me the Social Justice Award for my scholarship and community work on mothers, especially bereaved mothers. I'm really, really excited about it.

Paid maternity leave is good for nonprofits (including the Catholic Church)

Did you know that research indicates that there are important benefits for nonprofits who offer paid maternity leave to employees?

4 science-backed ways paid leave is good for women & children’s health

Did you know that research indicates that paid maternity leave is really good for women's and newborns' health?

We need to talk about racism in healthcare for pregnant mothers

Did you know that, in the United States: Black embryos and fetuses are up to twice as likely to be lost to miscarriage as white embryos?Black fetuses are more than twice as likely to be lost to stillbirth as white fetuses?Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related condition than white women? Read more of my latest… Continue reading We need to talk about racism in healthcare for pregnant mothers

Exploring Mary’s Birth Story: what the debate about Jesus’ delivery can teach us

As you probably know if you've followed this blog for a while or if you've met me in real life, my Catholic faith informs a lot of my understanding of birth and death. So, as a Christmas special, I want to share with you a piece I wrote earlier this year about Mary's birth story and Jesus' delivery.

Five facts about flowers as ways to honor the dead

In this month often associated with honoring the dead, you might see a lot of flowers. Here are five ways flowers are associated with honoring the dead.

How to support moms after the COVID baby bust

I recently wrote for FemCatholic a bit about my dissertation and doula work and what I've heard the most from parents and those thinking about entering parenthood in the past year: "I don't know if I can do this." Do you want to support them? I have some ideas for how you can do that.… Continue reading How to support moms after the COVID baby bust

Passionate about women’s health, from tattoos to fertility awareness: an interview with an NFP instructor

For NFP week, I sat down with Johnna Wilford, a health, wellbeing, and FEMM/SymptoPro coach in Kentucky, to ask her a few questions about NFP. We also talked about curly hair and her favorite hormone. I hope you enjoy the interview!