It’s the question that women in every century, in every part of the world have asked.
It’s the question that I asked myself one fateful night before a frantic trip to Rite-Aid during my senior year of college.
Am I pregnant?
Struggling with the difficult emotions, stigmas, and decisions surrounding an unplanned pregnancy, I searched for an inspirational and practical book directed towards women like me, but found nothing. Non-fiction books in the market focused on older mothers as well as teenage mothers, with a noticeable absence on the college-aged mother.
After I successfully navigated college as a pregnant student, found the resources and help I needed, and joyfully (albeit painfully) delivered my daughter one week after graduation, Tiny Blue Lines: A Guide for Young Moms was born. Tiny Blue Lines is the non-fiction book I sought while pregnant; A slightly irreverent, hopeful and humorous, yet realistic and down-to-earth account of my story and the stories of other women, in dealing with pregnancy, classes and a newborn, telling the parents, and defying societal stereotypes.
College-aged mothers are not “Teen Mom” material, nor are they ready for the soccer-mom and mini-van crowd; Tiny Blue Lines reaches this new generation of mothers under the veil of what they really are–smart, successful, and driven individuals searching for a way to be accepted as mothers.
As the former College Outreach Program Coordinator for the pro-woman organization Feminists for Life, I have helped hundreds of student activists bring pregnant and parenting resources to their campuses. Continuing now as a professional speaker for Feminists for Life, I deliver lectures and workshops on Capitol Hill and across the country. My work with Feminists for Life has been featured in national publications, such as The Boston Pilot, and on Catholic TV. Currently, I work as a labor and delivery nurse, continuing a passion for caring and advocating for women and their children. Now married and the mother of two daughters, I am pursuing a life-long dream of writing, with my work appearing with publications like Parents, Parenting, The Bump, and Babble.
Tiny Blue Lines is the first book of its kind to reach out specifically to the one-million college-aged woman who have unplanned pregnancies each year in the United States. This is a book that will change the face of young motherhood.
Look for Tiny Blue Lines: A Guide For Young Moms coming through Ave Maria Press in May 2014!!