Greetings Science & Sensibility Community!
It is with great enthusiasm that I have accepted the position of Community Manager for this blog—a great honor, challenge and responsibility to be sure! Amy Romano has done tremendous things with Science & Sensibility over the past one and a half years, and I am humbled to be stepping into such momentous shoes! As mentioned in her own post, Amy will not be leaving us entirely—you will continue to see occasional blog posts from her as well as updates on her work with Childbirth Connection.
As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Physician Assistant and mother of three, I have had the opportunity to participate in the medical and maternity care systems in a variety of capacities—experiences that have strongly influenced my work with expectant parents and families with young children. A contributor to Science & Sensibility as well as a freelance writer for our local Bozeman, Montana parenting magazine, I have experience in writing for both professional and lay audiences. A member of our local birth network, Montana Childbirth Collective, I meet monthly with other maternity care professionals with expertise in childbirth education, doula care, prenatal yoga and massage, chiropractic and physical therapy care.
As already established, Science & Sensibility will continue to provide professional, evidence-based articles and discussion about topics relating to pregnancy, birth and early parenting. A go-to resource for childbirth educators and other maternity care providers and professionals, we will also continue to be accessible to consumers of the maternity care system whom we all share a vested interest in educating to the best of each of our abilities.
Changes you can anticipate seeing as we move forward into the new year include an editorial calendar bringing you new posts each Tuesday and Thursday (holidays—excepted, additional posts—welcomed!) with rotating topical themes. Along with the same top-quality assessments of current and recent research and commentary on birth-related issues appearing in the media, we will also feature articles on: breastfeeding; legal issues pertaining to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and women’s health in general; labor coping techniques; highlights on Participatory Medicine; Inter- and Preconception Health; and stories demonstrating successful application of Lamaze’s Six Healthy Birth Practices. As contributors, frequent and occasional readers, your participation in this blog is a key component. To ensure the continued professional nature of this site, a comment policy statement will appear in the near future at the bottom of each comment box and will require the commenter’s agreement prior to submitting his or her thoughts. Please know, too, your thoughts and ideas are vitally important to us here at Science & Sensibility. Do you know of a study or article that you feel warrants greater attention from us? Please drop me a line. Likewise, if you have an idea for an article you’d like to pitch to me, please contact me.
My thanks go out to Linda Harmon and the rest of the Search Committee for granting me this awesome opportunity, and to Amy for her gracious time, talent and knowledge as we complete this transition.
Here’s to a great year of writing and commenting. Let us go forth to analyze, change and improve our maternity care system…one word at a time!
Kimmelin M. Hull,