Whole Mother discusses the political and practical aspects of being a mother today. Hosts Pat Jones and Debbie Hull inform and educate on midwifery and natural birth, health and legal issues, and parenting. They interview parents, authors, health practitioners, and other local professionals. Recent shows have featured area birth centers, holistic health, careers in midwifery, and birth stories.
Pat Jones, RN, CNM, has been a midwife almost 40 years, assisting more than 2000 babies into the world. She is the founder and president of B.I.R.T.H., a non-profit organization of parents, midwives, physicians, childbirth educators, doulas, professional labor support, and lactation consultants. Debbie Hull, BS, CLD, CCCE, CNPE, is a doula and childbirth educator serving Houston families since 1999, developing comprehensive childbirth classes enjoyed by moms and dads alike.
Drug overdose deaths increased by 30% in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded. More than 93,000 people died from overdose last year. That is more than 250 people dying every day, more than 10 every hour! That number doesn’t include people who do not die from an overdose, but still are lost to their addiction. Addiction is not a respecter of academic achievement or socioeconomic status or nice neighborhoods or gender or race or how much a family loves a person suffering from substance abuse. It is killing real people, beloved people. It threatens others who are doing the hard work to save themselves. It threatens their loved ones and others so bound by the disease that they are too paralyzed to seek help. It is a cunning and baffling disease and so, so many people are suffering.
Whole Mother wishes to inspire discussion of this important issue and we are proud to present our series on addiction. We’ll explore how to identify addiction, how pregnancy and postpartum are affected by addiction and recovery, addiction’s effects on families, alternative peer groups, sober high schools and other local resources for families dealing with addiction.