The Wonderful Things You Will Be is by far my favorite book for parents with a new baby — whether they are in the NICU or not. It is such a beautifully written narrative of all the hopes and dreams parents have for their little one.
Life has really been turned upside down since I last posted on this blog. My hiatus was mostly due to needing to take a step back after my Fall quarter of my MSW to really focus on the intensity of my practicum placement and coursework. However, I have still been reading and engaging in grief dialogue that I have been eager to share on this platform.
Something that I am working hard at in my daily conversations and advocacy efforts for endometriosis is using trans-inclusive language. I am embarrassed to admit that for awhile, this wasn’t a part of my thought process. It wasn’t until I engaged with more diverse voices talking about women’s healthcare issues that I realized how alienating these conversations can be without remember that more than just women experience pelvic pain and reproductive disorders.
I have been trying to focus more on the things that give me joy lately, and one of those things, as silly as it sounds, is the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Angela Garbes takes the most common rhetoric about pregnancy and birth, and turns it on its head. She draws from her experience of confusion and bewilderment when she was a first-time mom trying to shift through pregnancy book after pregnancy book, figuring out what advice to take and what to ignore.
Just a reflection of my first experience providing grief and bereavement support as a social worker.
I am one of those people that love to read material, whether it’s fictional or not, that relates directly to my current life experiences. The Midwife covers a range of topics about family planning in the 1950s, such as premature birth, infidelity, intergenerational trauma, child labor, and grief.
I wanted to spend sometime on a post to articulate some of my goals for this quarter, and let you all know what I will be up to from now until December.