American Indians – A Time of Harvest & Hope?

October 2020 is a harvesting celebration month. This October report will describe some of my research and areas of interest on the topics of American Indians. Among them, are ethnobotany (in traditional acorn gathering) and Ecofeminism. Through my internship at MOM, I look forward to exploring the Indigenous lifestyles as I work toward the completion of my advanced degree in Public History at American Public University.

Let’s Talk About Monomaternalism

Explorations and Art by Aster Woods What is Monomaternalism? Monomaternalism, as defined by Shelley Park in her 2013 academic work ”Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood: Resisting Monomaternalism in Adoptive, Lesbian, Blended, and Polygamous Families” is essentially the pervasive notion that a person can have only one mother; it also privileges the bio-essentialist belief that only theContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Monomaternalism”

When Pandemonium Hits – Caregivers Unite!

When pandemonium hits, caregivers unite! When families have to hunker down and stay put with their kids out of school, community contacts are restricted, and the workplace is disrupted, we must do everything within our power to stay positive. When healthcare concerns trump everyday freedoms, each of us must look to the future and howContinue reading “When Pandemonium Hits – Caregivers Unite!”

A Mothers’ Breastfeeding Struggles Are Not Her Fault – Blame Society

By Dee Merrit Mothers are warriors. If you look back on the history of birth in the U.S., 95% of infants were born at home with midwives. Promptly after birth, the child was placed on the mothers’ breast to nurse. Today, many women seem to doubt their ability to give birth naturally and breastfeed. OftenContinue reading “A Mothers’ Breastfeeding Struggles Are Not Her Fault – Blame Society”

Got Milk? Why Breastfeeding and Breast Milk Matters

Breastfeeding education and support for new mothers is an important ongoing issue. There are many decisions and questions regarding breastfeeding versus formula feeding. A few of those include: should you alternate between both bottle and breast, how long should you breastfeed over time, what type of latching-on techniques should you use, when is the time to start pumping, how should you store pumped milk, etc.?