Good news everyone! There’s this new Skepchick who is awesome and fabulous and… well, okay, she’s me.
I’ve been informed that before I’m allowed to take off my pants and get comfy, I need to tell you a bit about myself. So, who the hell am I, and why are they letting weaponised awesomesauce blog in light of intercontinental peace treaties? I go by Michelle Bell, and my day job is as a birth and postpartum doula. This means that I work with pregnant people and their families, or families that are adding new children through adoption/surrogacy/etc, and help them with the rather jarring transition that can happen. It also allows me to support my research habit so it looks like I have a legitimate reason to be pawing through an obscene amount of peer-reviewed research (yes, I know how to have a good time). For some strange reason, I decided it would be a good idea to go back to school, so I’m now working on my BSN with plans to pursue a graduate degree that would allow me to become licensed as a certified nurse midwife. I also am one of the founding Queereka admins and am a wee bit queer, and write a column about LGBTQ health and skepticism. You should send me your questions. No really, do it.
I’m an aspiring cat lady (aren’t we all), have an unhealthy lust for infectious disease and microbiology, and get all a flutter about vaccines. I’ve also got a professional interest in pregnancy, uteruses and vaginas, and parenting, since that last bit usually follows the whole incubation and then subsequent pushing of a person out of said vagina. I have an unhealthy obsession with coffee and whiskey, and if you’d like to know more about that, follow me on the twitters, @MerrieMelodyxx.
So, hi! Thanks for allowing me to stick around. I’m going to go stake out in the whiskey corner with my research, and you’re more than welcome to join me!