Because no baby should have to grow up without knowing her mother

While wondering today how I would segue into writing about model Christy Turlington and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's recent campaign for maternal health, I unexpectedly came across a blog post about that very subject that stopped me in my tracks and left me in tears. The post was on Single Mom Seeking by guest blogger Matt Logelin who lost his wife and mother of their child just hours after she gave birth. ...more

 great post amy!


reminds me how lucky i am to survive cancer + enjoy ...more

Unemployment Discrimination

I can’t help but get a little outraged every time I tread a news headline here in my home state of Montana about how Montana’s unemployment rates are down.  I have often wondered how many families have found themselves in the situation we are in.  Let me explain. ...more

Raising Third Culture Kids

Two years ago our family packed up and moved to Haiti. Prior to our move we were hearty Minnesotans living a normal suburban life. In the past two years I've watched as my children, ranging in age from 1 to 18 have tried to reconcile their two worlds. They have lived in the land of vast prosperity; they have lived in the land of complete devestation. They are changed. Their life-experience will forever make them odd to the kids they meet in America. ...more

Ain't no power like the power of the mama

About nine months after I had my first child, I went (with the kiddo in tow) to my first Mothers Acting Up meeting. It was my first foray, at least post-children, into an organized activist group. While the timing wasn't right for me to become a regular member, I gleaned a piece of knowledge from that meeting that I think will always stay with me. That is that mothers as a whole are a very, very large group, and if they use their power for good, they can become a force to be reckoned with. ...more

I think one of the main keys to unlocking this issue is the mindset so many mothers get ...more

As my daughter turns 4, I'm thankful for health care

In less than a week, my firstborn child, my baby girl Ava will turn 4. While this isn't often considered a major milestone, it is still very dear to my heart, being her mother and all. It got me thinking about how good we have it here in North America. I feel fortunate to live in a country where we have access to things such as clean water, nutritious food and medical care. ...more

 When my daughter was about 5, she got the flu. It was one of the worst cases ever. She ...more

Hitting Home

So it just hit me this morning while I was brushing my teeth that we are in a serious state of flux in this country. There is the real possibility that a man of African descent could possibly be the president of the United States. That is an exciting prospect since I didn't believe that could be a reality after Jesse Jackson lost back in 19(mumble, mumble). ...more

The election is sneaking up on me in little ways too.

My 12-year-old has been an Obama ...more

Raising Awareness about the Life-Shattering Condition of Obstetric Fistula

If you had asked me a few days ago what an obstetric fistula was, I'd have shrugged my shoulders and told you, "I don't know." Thanks to advances in modern medicine and in obstetric and midwifery care, fistula has been eradicated in North America for over 100 years. Although the condition has been long since forgotten here, there are at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with fistula, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. These estimates are believed to be low. ...more

I first found out about this condition while watching Oprah who was showing portions of the ...more

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights (May 15) is another opportunity to raise awareness about maternal health, Myanmar relief

On Thursday, May 15, is challenging bloggers to Unite for Human Rights by posting words, pictures and/or videos. While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. ...more

Thank you all for posting the links to your Bloggers Unite posts. I added them to a post on ...more

The uninsured children health care crisis in the US--The surprising cost to us all

In this post, read about the uninsured children crisis in the US (including some facts, statistics, numbers and costs that might surprise you), how I'm promoting the Healthy Kids Campaign, what Moms Speak Up is doing for Cover the Uninsured week, and how to survive on potatoes, black beans and ponytails. Oh of course...and three things you can do. <!--break--> ...more

Those are the very questions I have, and I do have some answers. That's Phase II.

I'll ...more

Annual 21 Leaders of the 21st Century Gala Benefit Dinner- Wednesday, May 21st 2008

One gives scholorships to survivors of domestic violence. Another helps incarcerated mothers maintain relationships with their children. 21 individuals share a vision of a better world for women and will be honored by Women eNews at their annual gala. Those to be honored at this event include: Anucha Browne Sanders- recently awarded $11.6 million dollars in punitive damages in a highly publicized sexual harassement suit ...more