How to Avoid Birth Violence – in 17 Steps

Don't get raped

We all know the onus isn’t on women to behave, act, or dress a certain way in order to not be raped. Yet, because the dominant culture has yet to fully insist that men be held accountable for their actions, many of us generally take certain precautions in an attempt to keep ourselves safer. Which led […]

An Interview with Kimberly Turbin

Kimberly promo

Almost a year ago, Kimberly Turbin’s forced episiotomy video went viral when Improving Birth shared it as part of their Break the Silence campaign. When I watched the video with a colleague via Skype, I knew this had the potential to be a game-changer. Now, Kimberly, armed with a prominent civil rights lawyer, has filed […]

Sorry, Not Sorry


We hear the stories frequently. The Midwife-Gone-Medical or the Doula-Acting-Renegade. They exist as platforms for the need for well-defined scopes of practice. But it’s not often we get to put a face or humanity behind the stories. They exist as pure propaganda, Allegorical creatures conjured for the greater good, our own stay-in-line benefit. The Person […]

She Violated One, Simple Rule


The bloody scenes of women are always suspect. Our insides, the things our bodies expel – the mucous, the shedding, the clots and clumps of uterine lining and pre-formed babies. We must keep it neat. We must follow the rules. ………………………. “I can’t find you. For three days you’re consumed…. I don’t know where you […]

Activism in the Birth Room – Part 1: With Guest Aimee Brill

Activism in the birth room

I’m excited to offer this introductory conversation into “Activism in the Birth Room” with Aimee Brill of Doula Trainings International. As Aimee and I started brainstorming about how to be sure to package this content in just the right way, we found that there are really several parts to this discussion, all of which deserve their […]

When the Pro-Choice Movement Deployed Paternalism in the Vaccine War

Pro Paternalism

I’ve never understood why being Pro-Woman is a leftist value and being Pro-Parent is a rightist value. Why, in the pro-choice conversation are women abandoned by the feminist movement once they become parents? Why are women the most invested people in their own bodies and in their fetuses, but not trusted as invested caretakers once […]