Features & panels
At Berlin Cameron’s “Reframing Motherhood” Conference, on Monday, May 13th — I held a breakout session as part of the day’s programming of events. My session was, “The Non-Judgmental Mom Zone” (see pic above), in which I led a talking circle, about the value of having vulnerable conversations around judgment and motherhood — especially as working moms. If we want to change society’s perception of working moms, we first need to change the way we judge ourselves. Honest conversation has to start internally — among us, and can then expand to larger conversations to effect change. Attendees shared the ways in which they judge themselves as mothers, how they compare themselves to other moms in their communities, how they judge themselves as working moms, and how they feel judged as working moms.
They say becoming a mother is the best thing that will ever happen to you. They say that the first second you see your baby’s face you will instantly fall in love and live happily ever after in motherhood bliss. But what happens when after 9 months of nurturing this baby in your womb, prepping a nursery, changing your life and anticipating their birth, you look at your baby and think, “My baby is trying to kill me.” When Alexis Barad-Cutler realized she couldn’t relate to any of the warm and fuzzy feelings mom blogs talk about, she felt ashamed and alone. Read the rest here.
The REturnity Project (TRP): feature story, jan 17
Excerpt: TRP: “You recently held an event at The Motherhood Center in New York with over 40 women, where they all talked about mental health, their sex lives, their feelings about their postpartum bodies, and deep-rooted biases they experienced in the workplace. What do you think inspires these women to open up and talk about their experiences?” ABC: “I think, as an organizer, I make it really clear that the intention of the evening is to share, and that the space is one in which they will not be judged. But you can’t just come out of nowhere, as a stranger, and ask people to tell you their secrets. You have to build a trust.” Read the rest here.
Tips By Trimester Event, Oct 13
I had the opportunity to moderate a frank and open discussion on the evolution of the Mom Bod with some stylish panelists. Read more here:
milk podcast Episode #44: Aerial yoga, Writing Your Feelings and Not Safe For Mom Group (NSFMG) with Writer Alexis Barad-Cutler, dec 26
I join Mallory in the Moms I’d Like to Know (MILK) Studio. The MILK Podcast talks to moms with honesty and humor about what it's like to evolve as a person after becoming a mother. MILK’s conversations help women feel less isolated, less competitive, and more tethered to each other. Listen to the episode here.
Rockaway Baby SAHMxStories, Oct.
RB: “Give us a personal or professional background about your life before staying home.” ABC: “My pre-baby career was in children’s book publishing. I spent over a decade as an editor, working my way up to running the New York arm of a French children’s book company.” Read the rest here.
supportful’s “Raising a supportful generation” event, nov 30
For Supportful’s inaugural event, I participated in a panel discussion about helping our children make sense of empathy, and their responsibility to translate that empathy into action.
I Will Not Be Quiet: nsfmg StoRYTelling workshop , Nov 9
During the November meeting of community group, I Will Not Be Quiet, I was featured as the special guest to lead a storytelling workshop. I led the group through a loving dialogue around how we can use and channel our anger, frustration, and trauma to share a personal and compelling message.