IMG_7254Dara T. Mathis is a freelance writer and editor, the brains behind the blog Truly Tafakari, and an admirer of people who make great homemade soups. (No, really, if you have a recipe, spill it!) She lives in Georgia with a scientist and a comedian toddler.

Her essays often interrogate the intersection of race and gender, politics of respectability for women, concepts of femininity, and motherhood. Her writing has appeared online in xoJane, Clutch Magazine, The Root, For Harriet, Improving Birth, and The Feminist Wire, and in print via Caribbean Without Borders: Literature, Language and Culture.

She earned a BA in Creative Writing/ French Literature from the University of South Florida (2005), and an MA in African-American Literature from Florida State University (2007). She is a former college-level composition teacher.  Since 2007, she has written and edited professionally in The Apartment Guide, the mortgage servicing industry, and for Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Inc.  Through freelance work, she has edited theses and dissertations, nonfiction books, and blogs.  References are available upon request.



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  1. Hey so I just read your article about being bullied and here is my reply that won’t post.
    I am so very sorry you had this experience. You are not alone. I am a nursing student aiming towards becoming a midwife. My OB rotation just ended and I could not believe the bullying. Not just to the parents but also to the student nurses. I was basically told what an idiot I was at every turn (I have been a doula and kept up on my studies so I am not completely clueless). I was floored at how brusk everyone was. How completely rude and mean the nurses could be. It made me question if I really want to go down this path for my career and made me question if I really want children at all because I never want to be in that bed feeling utterly powerless. I am soooooo sorry this happened. I can tell you that if you decide to go for baby number two you may want to look into something called a gentle cesarean or gentle-c if you can’t have a VBAC. You pick the music in the room, the drape is lowered so you can see your baby emerge into the world, monitors and IVs are confined to one arm so the other is free for you to cradle your baby and skin to skin is encouraged while they close.

    1. Katie, I’ve never heard of a gentle C; thank you for bringing that to my attention! I will have to look into it. It’s definitely one of my concerns. Don’t give up on nursing and midwifery! The more compassion in the field, the better. We need you! Thank you so much for your kindness.

  2. Hi Dara,

    My name is Anthonia Akitunde. I am the co-founder of mater mea, http://www.matermea.com, a site that profiles moms of color. I’d love to get in touch with you about the possibility of writing for the site. If you’re interested, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!


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