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

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

How I used the pandemic to strengthen my research: Notre Dame’s update on my dissertation

I was honored recently to be featured in the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters newsletter. You can find the link in this post!

Rituals sacrificed

When people ask me what it was like to have a baby during a pandemic, I have an easy answer and a hard answer. 

The easy answer goes, “It was tough laboring and pushing in a mask. I’m grateful that the nurses let me take it off a lot.”

The hard answer is more complicated. It goes something like, “I feel like we had to skip parts.”