Bethanie Verduzco is a certified professional birth doula, blogger and owner of Hello Sunshine Birth Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as mama to two wild and silly kids, Noa and Asher. When she's not writing or at a birth, she hopes to find herself knitting, reading Jewish historical fiction, watching old episodes of ‘Rick Steves’ Europe’ with her husband Bhadri, or having a family dance party in the living room. You can visit her Hello Sunshine birth blog here and follow her on Twitter.
This article is part of the Here. Now. essay series, which seeks to de-stigmatize mental health treatment, and improve accessibility to treatment and support for teens and parents in metropolitan…New York. Being a mother of an anxious child has taught me many things. It’s taught me new forms of empathy, tolerance, and the depths of real, parental love. And it’s also taught me how easy it is to quickly crumble into a million pieces and completely lose your sh*t. Anxiety can feel like a… >> Read More
It was the fourth time this week my daughter Noa had asked me the question. “Mommy, are you coming to my Spring Party?” I looked into her eyes, sighed, and said, “Of course not, Sweetie.” Noa…took a deep breath and let it out. Then the smile began to grow as she leapt at me with arms wide open. “Oh, thank you, Mommy, thank you!” >> Read More
Just like millions of little girls and boys across this country, my daughter is pretty enthused about the movie “Frozen.” Obsessed, really. She runs through the hallways with her long blue cape…(or, more specifically, my formerly-favorite scarf that I got on our honeymoon to Italy) flowing in waves from her shoulders, leaping and singing "for the first time in forever…." She has refused to be called anything but Queen Elsa at dinner on more than one occasion. Every Lego tower built is now “The Frozen Ice… >> Read More