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Becoming Mars Lord

Becoming Mars Lord

Becoming Mars Lord Mars Lord 3rd May 2017 For the last few years I have struggled with my name. Not my actual name. I enjoy being Mars Lord. Easy to remember, to Google, to share. No. The name that I have struggled with is the name I chose for my doula work. The word...

#birthsowhite

#birthsowhite

#birthsowhite Mars Lord 1st May 2017 I am a black doula. At the moment, I am watching whilst the 'white' birth world are in a spin. There's a potential for a change in the status quo and they're not keen. Icons and pedestals are being rocked, things that many held...

Time to tend my garden

Time to tend my garden

Time to tend my garden Mars Lord 19th April 2017 I am tired. I'm not long home from a glorious ten days in my favourite place in the world. St Lucia. Whilst there, I didn't completely switch off (I know.. I know.. not good). I took part in a discussion about diversity...

Colouring things in

Colouring things in

Colouring things in Mars Lord 12th April 2017 Colour blind. I am constantly amazed at how many people tell me that they are colour blind. They don't see colour, therefore they don't think that anyone else should see colour. Sadly they don't see the problem that their...

Looking black

Looking black

Looking black Mars Lord 3rd April 2017 I am a black mother. I've used this subtitle before. I'm using it again. I should be happy that I am beginning to see more diverse images in the birth world. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it is all down to me. Many others...

Expecting Multiples with Mars Lord

Expecting Multiples with Mars Lord

Expecting Multiples with Mars Lord Mars Lord 21st of March 2017 I was recently in a podcast chat with Fear Free Childbirth, have a listen: Check the original page here: https://www.fearfreechildbirth.com/blog/expecting-multiples-mars-lord/ If you’re expecting...

Going back to our Roots

Going back to our Roots

  Going back to our roots   Mars Lord   18th March 2017   I'm a birth educator For a long time I have had a desire to 'train' new doulas. For different reasons I allowed myself to be knocked off course. Yet it burned inside me for years. I wondered...

Loving My Black Body

Loving My Black Body

Loving My Black Body Mars Lord 6th February 2017 My black body My curves, my lines. My soft voluptuous breasts. My small handfuls. My deep, rich chocolate. My velvet Ebony. My caramel brown. My light burnt butter. My cinnamon milk.   Who taught us fear, disgust,...

My Black Milk

My Black Milk

My Black Milk Mars Lord 2nd January 2017 Conversation I’ve been taking part in a discussion about the lack of diverse representation within the breastfeeding world.  This particular conversation came about after a breastfeeding ad was created.  None of the images were...

Laying Down The Gold

Laying Down The Gold

Laying down the gold Mars Lord 28th December 2016 Kintsukuroi When a vase breaks and you put it back together, it is never the same.  It is filled with cracks.  Some say that it makes the vase ugly.  Kintsukuroi (kintsugi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken...

‘I dream a fish’

‘I dream a fish’

'I dream a fish' Mars Lord 30th November 2016 ‘I dream a fish’ Just one of the sayings that would fall from my mother’s mouth. ‘I dream a fish. You pregnant?’ Mum would then begin to list people until eventually someone proved to be pregnant. To dream of swimming fish...

Black Mother

Black Mother

Black Mother Mars Lord 11th November 2016 I am a black mother. You might not find that relevant. It might resonate loudly with you. I look around the world that we currently stand in and think that it just got harder to be the mother of black children. I’m not going...

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