Carrie Lee Ferguson

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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

“Surely the women of America could do better than the hyenas.” Surely.  But let’s put this in perspective.  A mere forty years ago my mother’s generation put forth a novel notion- women could do what men could do, and we deserved the opportunity.  A new concept in the collective mindset (just forty years ago)! Yes, a woman deserves equal opportunity to do whatever a man can do.  But here’s the question of… 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