I am the mother of three young children. Motherhood hasn't exactly come easily to me. Some of this may have to do with my personality, but most of it has to do with being extremely under supported by the community and culture in which I live.
I worked as a Physician Assistant prior to becoming a mom. Having finally made the decision to table my pre-children career--mostly due to the displeasure I experienced again and again with the very industry in which I had been trained to work, I now teach Childbirth Preparation classes on a part time basis, write for my local parenting magazine, and care for my children as a full time stay-at-home parent.
Having experienced what seemed like an inordinate number of challenges in my first few years as a mom, and during the bed rest period that encompassed the last trimester of our third child's pregnancy, I began to put my frustrations, confusions, and journey toward understanding in writing. 2 1/2 years later, A Dozen Invisible Pieces and Other Confessions of Motherhood (Cold Tree Press) was released.
Because I want to reveal the truths about our medical industry and how those truths can sometimes undermine the work we do as parents, I have made this a recurrent theme in my book. My hope is that mine, and my family's stories will provoke thought, laughter and tears in the readers who happen to pick it up...and most of all, a dialog that prompts improvement and change in the way our culture (medical, or otherwise) supports the work we do as women and mothers.
author of A Dozen Invisible Pieces and Other Confessions of Motherhood
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