It's time for "Backline Love," where we post Q&As with some of the people in the movement we love most. This month we introduce Rachel Herndon, who is Director of Birthparent Services at Adoption Connection and a regular participant and presenter in our Bay Area Pregnancy Options Workshops. Can … [Read more...] about Backline Love: Rachel Herndon
by Shantae Johnson This post is a part of the Strong Families Mamas Day 2014 blog series and was originally posted on the Western States Center blog. Shantae is a doula, breastfeeding advocate, mother to six, and a board member of Backline. “Freedom is not given; it is won.” -A. Phillip Randolph on … [Read more...] about Becoming BRAVE
On infertility, grief, and hope
by Lindsey O-Pries This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. It also marks the 3rd anniversary since my partner’s first artificial insemination. It will mark the 4th Mother’s Day that has passed without a baby for my partner and I. As a longtime activist who works towards reproductive … [Read more...] about On infertility, grief, and hope
Backline Love: Gloria Malone
Welcome to the latest edition of "Backline Love," where we post Q&As with some of the people in the movement we love most. This month we are excited to bring you Gloria Malone, advocate for young parents, writer, and blogger behind Teen Mom NYC. Can you describe your work (paid, volunteer, … [Read more...] about Backline Love: Gloria Malone
Talkline Advocate profile: Chantal
Welcome to our monthly Advocate profile, offering you a chance to get to know some of the folks who hold space and offer unconditional support on our national toll-free Talkline. This month we introduce Chantal, who joined the Portland Talkline team in the Spring of 2013! How/when/why did you first … [Read more...] about Talkline Advocate profile: Chantal
The Job of Motherhood: All the Performance Reviews and None of the Benefits.
As Chris Gottlieb wrote for the NY Times Motherlode blog, even for women of privilege, mothering is a minefield of judgment—judgment which increases exponentially for women who don’t fit the Betty Draper picture of white, married, hetero, cis-gender, able-bodied, middle-class motherhood. I’ve had … [Read more...] about The Job of Motherhood: All the Performance Reviews and None of the Benefits.