Monday, December 14, 2015

My two new articles on ParentMap.com

Just out on ParentMap.com this month are two very different articles I've written over recent weeks.

The first piece is about Centering, the method of group-based prenatal care that improves confidence during pregnancy and labor/postpartum outcomes. (Think of it as the PEPS group support model for *before* the baby is born.) Swedish Midwives and other midwifery groups have been offering it for years but now Swedish's Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency Clinic is onboard as well. This signals a confidence in the methodology and a great prenatal care option for parents-to-be. Special thanks to Dr. Jeremia Bernhardt for the story idea and the Centering Healthcare Institute for their significant input on this story.

Swedish Ballard Midwives during a Centering session

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The second is a Q & A with author/activist Sharon H. Chang. She just released a book called Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World, about the challenges facing mixed race Asians and deconstructing the unique experience of prejudice and bias that face mixed race people. This book emphasizes how mixed race Asian people in our society are viewed in relation to how white or not-white they are, effectively measuring their proximity to 'whiteness.' The book asserts that this in turn causes mixed race Asians to bury overt/covert experiences of racism to fit in--to the point that we Hapas may not even know we're doing it.
As a mixed race Asian myself, I have conflicting feelings about this because I also spent a summer in Japan during high school and I will be the first one to say that some Japanese people don't look too kindly upon mixed race Asians either but from the other direction. The book seems to assert this comes only from the white direction but I say it can also comes from the Asian as well.
But there just aren't a lot of books about mixed race experience and it's really surprising given that the population becomes more mixed (with all races) by the second. Definitely a thought-provoking read with a definite mission to cause mixed race Asians (and parents raising mixed race Asians) to closely re-examine their worldview and sense of self within it.








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