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I Crashed A Dinner and Left with A New Theory about Motherhood

By Katy Huie Harrison, PhD | September 24, 2018 | 4 Comments

*Note: This post tells my perception of a recent experience. Because I have not obtained permission from the other individuals to use their names, I have changed names and intentionally obscured the location of this story.* Saying Yes When Fear Tells You to Say No I recently found myself in a peculiar position over dinner….

It Takes a Village, and I Want My Son’s to Be Italian

By Katy Huie Harrison, PhD | September 10, 2018 | 3 Comments
Chopping herbs at an Italian cooking class in a small village outside of Lucca, Italy

The saying–it takes a village to raise a child–is beyond cliche, but if there’s anything new parenthood teaches you, it’s that it speaks truth. Or, if it doesn’t, it’s likely because there’s no village available. To the parents who raise children without that village: I applaud you, I salute you, and I have no idea…

Reclaiming the Word “Crazy”

By Katy Huie Harrison, PhD | September 4, 2018 | 1 Comment
Reclaiming the word "crazy" for women. Feminism.

Let me be very clear about something: I don’t use the word “crazy” loosely. In fact, in writing, I don’t use any word loosely. During daily conversation, my filter and self-awareness aren’t quite where they should be. But when I write, every word is intentional. And I’ve made a decision. To reclaim some agency over…

Childbed Fever: The Epidemic Victorians Ignored

By Katy Huie Harrison, PhD | August 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

If women were dying in mass numbers in hospitals compared to home births–15 childbed hospital deaths for every 2 at home–wouldn’t you expect national, even international, outcry try to figure out why? I damn sure would. But that didn’t happen in Victorian England. Or anywhere else during the nineteenth century where the same phenomenon occurred…

Where to Give Birth Used to be a Life-or-Death Choice

By Katy Huie Harrison, PhD | August 6, 2018 | 2 Comments
Childbirth risk at home or hospital in Victorian period

Even With Medicine Where It Is Today, Childbirth is Risky Business I talked last week about maternal mortality in childbirth, a trend that is disturbingly on the rise in the United States, especially among rural women and women of color. To learn more, check out my last post (linked in the sentence above), and the…

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