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Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez is a diversity content specialist whose work can be seen in The Washington Post, InStyle, The Guardian, and many other places. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez 's Articles

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How Interracial Friendships Impact Black Female Mental Health

Growing up, I had a lot of access to people who looked like me. I was completely unaware of the struggles that accompany interracial friendships.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   03.12.19 12am   |   SHARE
I can't help but think that my lack of hair resources reminds me that I live in a land that wasn't intended for me.

My Black Hair In My Mostly White Town Reminds Me I Don’t Belong​

We all need our hair done. I can't help but think that my lack of hair resources reminds me that I live in a land that wasn't intended for me.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   10.22.18 12am   |   SHARE
Things need to change to increase Black breastfeeding rates.

Before You Tell Black Women To Breastfeed, Consider This

A clear medical bias and the stresses of new motherhood, often leaves Black women unsupported on their breastfeeding journeys.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   10.12.18 12am   |   SHARE
I couldn’t believe the medical system and several of my peers had me obsessing about my food consumption. I was experiencing food shaming during pregnancy.

Food Shaming During Pregnancy Is More Stressful Than Weight Gain 

I couldn’t believe the medical system and several of my peers had me obsessing about my food consumption. I was experiencing food shaming during pregnancy.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   09.25.18 12am   |   SHARE
I'm afraid of the day that I have to explain sexism to her. I get teary-eyed at the thought of explaining racism to her.

I Feel Like I Owe My Black Daughter An Apology — And She Isn't Even Born Yet​

It's strange to think that at the end of the year I will be the mother of a daughter. I... Read...
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   09.20.18 12am   |   SHARE
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Navigating The Complexities Of My Sexuality As A Black Woman

I don’t know how long it will be before I stop allowing others' fears of sexuality as a black woman from affecting my views on sex.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   03.27.18 12am   |   SHARE
Moms flying alone with kids need more support and less judgement.

5 Easy Ways To Help Moms Flying Alone With Kids

Next time you see moms flying alone with kids, try some of these tips. You might make someone's day.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   09.25.17 12am   |   SHARE

Sex, Shame, And Sex-Esteem: Unlearning Harmful Attitudes Toward Sexuality

It’s time we stop teaching shame and start spending more time fostering healthy sexual identities in young girls.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   08.31.17 12am   |   SHARE
The liberation of Black Americans from physical chains is deeply intertwined with the modern chains of today.

The Importance Of Teaching My Son About Juneteenth In Trump's America

By educating my son on Juneteenth, I am able to make it clear to him that we may live in a nation that wasn’t established with us in mind, but we continue to find freedom anyway.
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   06.19.17 12am   |   SHARE
"Would I be in pain forever? Would my periods ever regulate? Will we be able to have more children? And would I be forced to have a hysterectomy like my mother?"

I Didn't Know Uterine Fibroids Ran In My Family Until I Had Them

A quick google search revealed that fibroids are noncancerous uterine growths. They can grow very large, cause extreme pain, and often lead to the removal of the uterus, like they did in my mother's... Read...
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   05.9.17 12am   |   SHARE