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In the After, I Will Say ‘No’

Turns out a pandemic offers great practice for setting boundaries

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I was 25 weeks pregnant when my state’s governor issued the nation’s first shelter-in-place order. As the world around me became unrecognizable, I clung to the security of my birth plan. I would deliver in a birth center rather than a…

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Ellen O'Connell Whittet

Ellen O'Connell Whittet

Ellen is the author of the memoir What You Become in Flight, the story of her exodus from ballet. She lives in California.

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