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“Pregnant Teen to PhD: How I Did It – An Open Discussion”

by on January 23rd, 2014

Hey folks, feel free to join us in the Teen Center this Saturday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for an open discussion with a former teen mom.

What was it really like? How did she survive financially? Did she finish high school? Make it through college? What about the dad? Dating after baby? Bring your questions! This is an open, safe space for all of us.

(Description from the Conscious Birth Summit’s 2014 schedule.)

About the Speaker: Shell Feijo is a survivor of the foster care system. She had a baby at 15 and decided she would make a better life for him than she ever had. Over the next 20 years, she did all she could to get through college, and worked as a doula whenever she could. She earned her PhD in Race, Class and Gender at the University of Iowa in 2009.

Currently an Academic Advisor at the University of Iowa, she has written for HipMamaMagazine, Motherverse, Offbeat Families, and GirlBodyPride, and was featured in the anthology, Without A Net: The Female Experience Growing Up Working Class. Shell can most often be found snuggling her youngest daughter or writing (or both), and is usually planning her next tattoo.

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