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Avital Norman Nathman is a former teacher and lifelong learner turned freelance writer. Her work, which places a feminist lens on a variety of topics, including motherhood, maternal health, gender, and reproductive rights, has been featured in Bitch magazine, Bamboo Family Magazine, Every Mother Counts, Kveller, The New York Times, CNN, HLNtv.com, RH Reality Check, Offbeat Mama, and more. In addition to her blog, The Mamafesto, Avital has a regular series, “The Femisphere,” for Ms. Magazine’s site, as well as a regular feminist parenting column, “Mommie Dearest,” for The Frisky. Her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality, came out in January 2014 from Seal Press.
In addition to her freelance work, Avital is currently a contract employee with the Yale School of Public Health where she is helping to launch a research-based prenatal education program. Avital gets to combine her passion and knowledge for maternal health to create curriculum and content for both web and print publications related to pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding and all related topics.
While teaching high school social studies for a number of years, Avital completed her Masters thesis at Wesleyan University, with a concentration in Women’s Studies. Her thesis, which focused on the status of feminism in the lives of women in their twenties, only fueled her interest in investigating and commenting on the role of feminism for women in other aspects of their lives, including motherhood.
Based in Western Massachusetts with her husband and seven-year old son, Avital also considers herself a working, play-at-home mama who enjoys digging in her urban garden, hosting dance parties in her kitchen, tweeting (follow her at @TheMamafesto), and searching for the perfect cup of Chai.