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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, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, 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 writes two popular weekly feminist columns for SheKnows.com: The Mamafesto and Ask a Raging Feminist. Her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality, came out in January 2014 from Seal Press. She is currently working on her second book about the idea of a “Perfect Birth” within the U.S. birthing industry.
Avital just wrapped up a stint as a contract employee with the Yale School of Public Health where she has helped launch a research-based prenatal education program. Avital was able 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 eight-year old son, Avital 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.