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I’m overwhelmed by the news about COVID-19 and don’t even know what to think anymore. A study from Dartmouth University analyzed the tone of 43,000 English-language news articles about COVID-19 written since January 1, 2020, and found that 87% of stories by US major media outlets are negative in tone. This is in contrast to 50% of COVID-19 coverage in non-US major sources and 64% in scientific journals.

The researchers find that demand for negative news stories is particularly strong in the US and that media…


Black women die from pregnancy-related causes two to three times more often than do white women

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Even though pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, Black women die from pregnancy-related causes two to three times more often than do white women, and their risk of dying increases with age. These racial disparities have not improved for decades.

According to a 2010 report from Amnesty International, Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the US , “Maternal mortality ratios have increased from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 13.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2006.”

We do tend to…


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At the end of WWI, the German and Austro-Hungarian economies were on the verge of collapse and children in these countries were starving. Moved by their suffering, Eglantyne Jebb handed out leaflets in Trafalgar Square featuring photos of starving Austrian children. She was arrested and found guilty because the leaflets had not been cleared by the government censors. The judge at her trial, however, was so impressed with her commitment to children that he paid her fine. His donation became the first contribution to the Save the Children Fund, founded in England in 1919. According to Jebb:

“We cannot leave…


Woman to woman support during labor reduces the chance of having a cesarean by 50%

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The word doula is derived from ancient Greek, and it means a “woman caregiver of another woman.” Dana Raphael first used the term to mean someone who supports a breastfeeding mother in her 1973 book, The Tender Gift.

Today, the word doula signifies a woman, hired by the expectant mother and her partner, to “mother the mother.” Specifically, a doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. There are several doula specialities:

  • Birth Doulas
  • Postpartum Doulas
  • Full-Spectrum Doulas
  • Full-Circle Doulas
  • Loss Doulas

A birth doula…


Happiness comes from personal improvement, relationships with friends and family, and a sense of being helpful

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March 20th is the UN International Day of Happiness, a day to focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. Each year, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network publishes a World Happiness Report. According to the 2021 report:

  • Finland tops the happiness rankings for the fourth year in a row
  • Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands complete the top five
  • Countries with higher levels of trust fared better in the pandemic
  • Surprisingly, there was no decline globally in self-reported wellbeing. However, some countries bucked that trend, including the UK.

According to the report, mental health has been…


Thank you for your article. I was not aware of this dangerous trend at Substack and agree that news outlets allow hate speech in the name of free speech too often. I also worry for the dear children who we must protect regardless of their sexual identities or orientations or race or anything. Thank you for speaking out for the trans community and yourself and for educating your cis allies.


How accepting things as they are can be an antidote to worry

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This has been a worrisome year. Every day there are new reports of deaths from COVID-19, possible variants of the disease, lack of vaccine availability and the adverse effects of prolonged isolation. These reports cause a constant strain, but worry is not good for us. Living in fear is detrimental to our health.

Adrenaline high

The deceptive thing about fear is that, because of its biochemical response, fear can feel exciting. In our stressful society, we become accustomed to the high of the adrenaline rush of fear and think it normal. But it’s not. …


Right on, Allison. The standards you describe are also the standards of business and personal relationships. Talk to the person you have a problem with FIRST then take it from there. There's always more to the story. You're doing important work. It's vitally important, as you say, to read and know about different perspectives. When the writing and editing of people of color is lifted up and amplified, all of us benefit. Don't be discouraged by the haters. They always attack ideas whose time has come. .

Peggy O'Mara

Peggy O’Mara is an award winning writer and editor. She was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine for 30 years. Her focus: Family, Health, Justice.

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