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The philosophical doula-mom

I’m a mother of two astounding and magnificent boys, M (3 1/2 years) and A (1 year).  They are inspiring and infuriating and incredible, and much of what I write here is dedicated to (if not inspired by) them.

In addition to mothering the aforementioned inspiring/infuriating creatures, I am a birth doula (currently certifying with DONA International) and a PhD candidate in philosophy (currently completing my dissertation on the ethics of Simone de Beauvoir). Perhaps not surprisingly, my feminist-philosphical interests both inform and inspire my work as a doula, and my work as a doula both inform and inspire my philosophical work.

In regard to Birthing Beautiful Ideas (and as I stated in my very first blog post):

The blog itself shall be devoted to my vast array of interests, ranging from childbirth and pregnancy to philosophy, from children and family to rock n roll, from politics to food.  I might write on my work as a birth doula.  I might ponder a political or philosophical issue that has been on my mind.  I might even post a photograph of one or both of my adorable children and contemplate their eternal cuteness.  And if you’re really lucky, I might post the story of the 2007 bat assault on my household.  (For those of you who don’t know the story, it was a flying, squeaking, potentially rabid bat–not a baseball bat.)  In any case, if you are looking for a coherent, single-themed blog, you won’t find it here.  (Please read the previous sentence not with a scolding, shushing-librarian tone but with the tone of a frazzled mother trying to tell her child, “Sorry, but they don’t make miniature elephants that you can keep as pets!”)

By they way, I “borrowed” the title of this blog from Socrates, who compared his role as a philosopher to that of a midwife, helping others to “give birth” to ideas.  As a PhD candidate in philosophy who is a mother and who has recently become a birth doula, Socrates’ self-assessment seems more germane to me than ever.

Please do not confuse any of the information contained within this blog with medical advice.  In regard to pregnancy and birth in particular, I write from the perspective of a “philosophical doula”–one who researches about birth, one who asks pointed questions about birth, and one who analyzes the conditions and circumstances under which women give birth.  I am not qualified to diagnose any medical conditions, to perform any medical procedures, or to recommend any particular medical remedies, but I am qualified to read and analyze information.

To contact me, please send an email to:

birthingbeautifulideas (at) gmail (dot) com.


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