Carrie Lee Ferguson

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People from all over the world gather today for the largest global meeting of the decade focusing on the health and well-being of girls of women.  The Women Deliver Conference, kicks off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and I sit at my computer in my backyard and wonder, like everyone else: what can we do to improve the condition for the girls and women of the world? It’s only when I move out… Read More

Today I am wondering about power.  I am thinking about how empowered the American woman claims to be.  We have, after all, made huge strides in the workplace, and have brought certain women’s health issues, breast cancer, for example, to the attention of everyone (including the National Football League!)  When we compare ourselves to other cultures where things like sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, acid burning and child marriage exist, we feel… Read More

The time is ripe for improving the status of motherhood in this country.  While we’ve become more empowered in our right to choose whether or not we want children and how we balance family life, we’ve not fully claimed our power in the way it all begins: birth. You would imagine that living in the wealthiest country in the world, our right to a positive and safe birth experience would be a… Read More

The Jacksonville Birthing Project, a local chapter of Birthing Project USA, whose mission is “to encourage better birth outcomes by providing practical support to women during pregnancy and for one year after the birth of their children,” held their second annual Baby Shower on June 25.  The event, funded by a March of Dimes community grant and organized by project coordinator Charlotte Clark-Rowe, was open to any pregnant woman or mom with… Read More

A group of us gathered in my home to view No Woman, No Cry. My intention in bringing this group of women together was to raise awareness for maternal health AND to create an authentic community in which something can be born.  Collectively, we are capable of more than we can do alone.  So we began in silence in order to create a resonate circle and attune our minds and hearts to… Read More

Fate. Providence. The Universe Conspiring.  The Impulse of Evolution. The Journey of the Soul.   It doesn’t matter to me what you call it.  All I know is that a couple years ago, my journey toward some unknown destiny began.  It looked, back then, as if I were coming apart.  And I guess you could say I was- I was in pieces, my head reasoning I must be crazy- how could I possibly… Read More

I’m held in a place where the ordinary intersects the extraordinary and my daughter is born at the height of my feminine being.  At the same time, many miles away, a woman sharing with me her femininity, does not share my ever after. Every minute a woman dies in childbirth.  In Malawi, where Joyce Banda serves as Vice President, more women die from becoming pregnant than from any other cause.  She calls… Read More