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The unbearable speed of lightning: On the fragility of life, and the dignity of death.

Published on April 12, 2011 By Meghan

Bad outcome. That’s what we call a dead baby, or a hysterectomy, or a badly-damaged mom or baby. Bad outcome. It’s not because we don’t care, because we do. It’s because there is only so much grief, so many shattered plans and dreams, so many small funerals that one person can absorb. Approximately five babies […]

Watching women move through life: On abortion, birth, and choices.

Published on March 24, 2011 By Meghan

I think a lot about choice these days. It may be an occupational hazard — for the first time in a decade I’m working directly in non-pregnancy reproductive health care — and it may be because we talk so much about choice in our house these days. Choose your clothes, choose your fruit, choose your […]

A Name for Who He Is: On getting an Asperger Syndrome diagnosis.

Published on March 15, 2011 By Meghan

Four years ago this week, Max was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. We took him to a small office on the 12th floor of the Metropolitan Building at the edge of downtown Seattle, where Capitol Hill drops abruptly off to the freeway, a few blocks from the Re-Bar. I don’t know what they did in the […]