did whatever I thought would provide the best start for my daughter and cement me as a “good mom”. And as a young 21-year-old, unmarried, Black mother I felt even more pressure to prove this to others since I knew my age, amongst other things, unfortunately said otherwise to some people. Absent the knowledge and support of any family or friends that breastfed their children, I did my research and decided to breastfeed my daughter and enrolled in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, infants, and Children). I was doing what I was thought was best for my daughter while simultaneously, purposefully performing an act that I thought would shatter anyone’s doubt that I could be a good, competent parent.
By Danielle Dallaire, PhD (Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary) and Rebecca Shlafer, PhD (Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health) at the University of Minnesota) Since 1990, the number of women incarcerated in the United States has more than doubled. Although much has […]
By Walker Karraa, PhD (www.walkerkarraa.com) (APA Division of Trauma Psychology, 2014 Program Co-Chair; Perinatal Mental Health Contributor, Science and Sensibility; American College of Nurse-Midwives) In 2010 a crowd gathered at the United States Capitol to celebrate the passage of the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act—legislation dedicated to comprehensive federal research, education and voluntary support services for […]
By Joan Chrisler, PhD (Chair, APA Committee on Women in Psychology) Decisions about whether – and when – to bear children have long-term consequences for women’s lives. In order to make those decisions, women need to be able to control their own bodies and exercise their rights. Too often women are unable to make those […]