Name That Book! on NPT’s Instagram and Vote in The Great American Read

By Dasha Didier
NPT Intern


We’re sharing Name that book! images on Instagram over the next few weeks. Follow us at nashvillepubtv to see how many books you can identify from the list of 100 titles on The Great American Read list. We plan to post three images every Wednesday through early August and we’ll post the answers the following week with the next round of images.

The idea behind Name that book! is to create a fun way to remind people of favorite books they may have read years and years ago.

To do this, I fill our Great American Read frame with objects that represent the essence of a book from the list of 100 best-loved novels. I choose books that will be relatively easy to recognize and ones I am somewhat familiar with. After a search on Google Images and Pinterest, I make a list of important symbols and distinguishable items that best characterize each novel. I send my wish list off to the props master at the Nashville Repertory Theatre (our neighbors here at NPT) and receive a box of props in return. If necessary, I print off images to further help symbolize the book and then arrange all my objects in the most aesthetically pleasing way.

Some books are easier to illustrate than others. We had an abundance of easily recognizable objects for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: the Mad Hatter’s hat, a teapot and playing cards. Others, like Beloved, were more difficult. I tried my best to distinguish that book’s literary symbols like the black, wide-brimmed hat that represented the fear of being taken back into slavery.

Keep a look out on Instagram for Name that book! And don’t forget to vote for your favorite novel at www.wnpt.org/greatread.

New ‘Crossroads’ Travel Special Airs During NPT’s June Membership Campaign

 

NPT’s June Membership Campaign kicks off June 1 and includes music shows – some with ticket and meet-&-greet offers – and a new Tennessee Crossroads special. Just in time for summer, Weekend Getaway, a 90-minute Crossroads episode, premieres Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. and features suggested itineraries for quick trips in East, Middle and West Tennessee.

 

Road trip!

First, Danielle Allen heads home to Memphis, where she books accommodations in the elegant and James Lee House and delves into the soulful connections of a storied record label at the Stax Museum. You can’t go to Memphis and not sample barbecue, so Danielle makes a stop at The BBQ Shop. Next, Rob Wilds visits the Cumberland Plateau, checks into the Sewanee Inn, has a meal at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant and explores South Cumberland State Park. Finally, Tennessee Crossroads host Joe Elmore finds the hospitable Gracehill Inn in the Smokies, dines at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp and gets artistic at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

 

Live and in person

Celtic Woman: Homecoming ‒ Ireland airs Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m., but you don’t have to wait till then to take advantage of our thank-you offers. Call 844-213-5345 for information about tickets and a meet-&-greet opportunity with the quartet at their June 15, 2018, performance at TPAC.

NPT’s annual Appraisal Day takes place Saturday, June 23, at the Factory at Franklin. Get a preview of this family-friendly day Monday, June 4, during the 7 p.m. broadcast of Antiques Roadshow. Warwick Stone, aka the Rock Collector, will be our guest during this live television event. Warwick specializes in rock’n’roll memorabilia, but you can bring almost anything to Appraisal Day; registrations are available at wnpt.org/antiques.

Joe Bonamassa: British Blues Explosion Live airs Monday, June 4, at 8:30 p.m. In this concert recorded July 2016 at England’s Old Royal Naval College, the guitarist pays homage to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Thank-you gifts for Joe Bonamassa pledges include tickets to his Aug. 9, 2018, concert at the Ryman Auditorium. Call 844-213-5345 for information.

Brit Floyd: The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show celebrates the seminal rock band known for concept albums like The Wall. The program airs Thursday, June 7, at 8:30 p.m. Among the thank-you gifts available with your generous donation to NPT are tickets and a meet-&-greet opportunity for the tribute band’s Aug. 4, 2018, show in TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Enjoy this month’s special programming (check our schedule for additional airings) and please support Nashville Public Television.

Franklin Det. Leigh Ann Hester Honored in 2018 Nat’l Memorial Day Concert

NPT observes Memorial Day with a live broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 27, at 7 p.m. with an encore presentation immediately following at 8:30 p.m. The concert will be hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinese and will include a mix of performances, readings and tribute segments highlighting significant anniversaries, among them the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day itself.

Another segment will honor women in the military to mark the 70th anniversary od the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act by President Harry S. Truman. The 1948 act allowed women to officially serve in the U.S. armed forces, though women had taken part in the country’s military efforts since the Revolutionary War (sometimes disguised as men) and more prominently during the two world wars and during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Silver Star recipient SFC Leigh Ann Hester (center) in 2015 in Afghanistan. Courtesy of Capital Concerts

On Sunday, a more recent effort will be recognized. Williamson County resident Leigh Ann Hester enlisted in the National Guard as a military police officer in 2001. Four years later, she was awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat for her heroic actions during a March 2005 ambush outside of Baghdad. Hester became the first woman to receive the award since World War II and the first one to do so for valor in combat. Hester is now a detective with the Franklin Police Department.

For more on Hester’s service in Iraq and her participation in the National Memorial Day Concert, see these stories in the local media: The Tennessean; Brentwood Home Page and Williamson Herald.

 

Additionally, the 68-year friendship of Korean War veterans Joe Annello and Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura will be featured, as well as the story of Bill Rider, Purple Heart recipient during the Vietnam War.

Performers slated to appear in the 2018 Memorial Day Concert include Charles Esten (Nashville); actress/singer Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple); actor Graham Greene; singer/songwriter Leona Lewis; Broadway star Megan Hilty; tenor Alfie Boe (Les Misérables) and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jack Everly.

Also participating in the event are the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus and Army Voices, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

 

Soldiers’ stories

NPT’s Memorial Day coverage continues Monday, May 28, at 8 p.m. with Going to War, a new documentary about what it means to serve in and return from war. The film features war correspondent Sebastian Junger, Vietnam War veteran and author Karl Marlantes and other veterans.

 

We had a surprise guest at our recent Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Served Like a Girl. Nichole Alred, one of the veterans featured in the documentary joined the panel discussion. Served Like a Girl chronicles a group of women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as they compete in the Ms. Veteran America competition and work to overcome PTSD, homelessness and other challenges. Served Like a Girl airs on Independent Lens on Monday, May 28, at 9 p.m.

NPT’s ‘Aging Matters: Loneliness & Isolation’ Premiere, Preview Event in May


Decades of research have shown that social isolation and loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. On the next edition of Aging Matters, we will explore how growing older can be an isolating experience and the difference between being isolated and feeling isolated or lonely. We’ll also look at innovative ways to create communities that prevent isolation and social withdrawal as we age. Aging Matters: Loneliness & Isolation, the eleventh documentary in Nashville Public Television’s NPT Reports: Aging Matters series, premieres Thursday, May 31, at 8 p.m. on NPT. The documentary will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by a panel discussion with Gretchen Funk of FiftyForward, Brent Elrod of Urban Housing Solutions and Andrea Prince of Catholic Charities, who will discuss local resources for addressing the issue.

A free preview screening of the documentary will be offered 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at FiftyForward’s Patricia Hart Building (174 Rains Ave., Nashville 37203). The event will include lunch and a panel discussion featuring Eugene Prichard Chambers Jr., M.D., senior medical director at Cigna-HealthSpring; and Elnora Terry, a FiftyForward foster grandparent; with moderator Robin Johnson, FiftyForward’s director of volunteer engagement. The event is free, but RSVPs are required at preview-npt.eventbrite.com.

Aging Matters: Loneliness & Isolation was produced by LaTonya Turner, whose Aging Matters Nutrition & Aging premiered last fall. Turner has also worked on NPT’s Town Halls and American Graduate series.

The NPT Reports: Aging Matters series is hosted by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea. Aging Matters: Loneliness & Isolation is made possible by the generous support of the West End Home Foundation, the Jeanette Travis Foundation, The HCA Foundation and Cigna-HealthSpring. Additional support was provided by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

Additional broadcast times for Aging Matters: Loneliness & Isolation are below; the documentary will also be available for online viewing at wnpt.org/agingmatters/.

  • Monday, June 4, at 8 a.m. on NPT2
  • Tuesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. on NPT2
  • Tuesday, June 12, at 5 p.m. on NPT

Find our complete broadcast schedule at wnpt.org/schedule.

NPT’s 2018 Royal Wedding Coverage Starts May 14; Wedding Ceremony on NPT2

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace following the announcement of their engagement on November 27, 2017, in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

NPT is airing a full week of programming leading to the May 19, 2018, wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. In addition, we’ll air five hours of live BBC coverage of the event on NPT2, beginning at 3 a.m., with an encore presentation later that day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brush up on your knowledge of royal protocol, traditions and history with Royal Wedding Watch, a weeklong series airing at 9 p.m. Monday, May 14, through Thursday, May 17; and at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Each nightly episode covers a different theme and will be hosted by Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker, with the BBC’s Anita Rani reporting live each night on the preparations at Windsor Castle. In addition, English historian Lucy Worsley (familiar to NPT viewers from Tales from the Royal Wardrobe and similar programs) will provide historical tidbits and tours of royal residences.

The episodes are as follows:

Monday, May 14, 9 p.m. A Wedding Is Announced
Lucy Worsley explains how Queen Victoria started the trend of wearing white wedding gowns. Also, what a royal bride-to-be might expect in terms of training.

Tuesday, May 15, at 9 p.m. What to Wear
Worsley revisits gowns chosen by previous royal brides, while experts in the studio discuss how a royal wedding gown is not only a reflection of the styles of the day, but also of protocol, tradition and etiquette.

Wednesday, May 16, at 9 p.m. Ceremony
An exploration of previous royal wedding ceremonies and an update on preparations at Windsor Castle.

Thursday, May 17, at 9 p.m. How to Celebrate
Every aspect of the wedding celebration – from the carriage procession to the cake to the parties – is discussed. Meanwhile, Worsley visits Hampton Court (home to Henry VIII, a monarch with more matrimonial experience than most) to reveal the secrets behind a state banquet.

Friday, May 18, at 9:30 p.m. Happily Ever After
Well, we hope so. A history of Kensington Palace, traditionally the London home of royal newlyweds.

Saturday, May 19, at 3 a.m. on NPT2 Royal Wedding
Coverage on NPT2, our secondary channel, begins at 3 a.m. CT; the ceremony itself will start at 6 a.m. An encore presentation airs at 11 a.m. NPT2 is available at 8.2 over the air; Channel 241 on Comcast; Channel 176 on Charter; and on Channel 75 on Google Fiber. Unfortunately, NPT2 is not currently available on AT&T or DirecTV.

‘Call the Midwife’ Recap: Season 7, Episode 8

By Bethany Domzal Sanders
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

 

I thought I had cried all my tears after last week’s episode of Call the Midwife, but the Season 7 finale left me clenching a box of tissues. What really struck and stayed with me after the closing credits, were the words of Sister Monica Joan (portrayed by Judy Parfitt) and Nurse Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett). Sister Monica Joan frequently imparts words of wisdom, but her assertion this week that “We are not what has been taken from us” was particularly meaningful. I thought about this statement in light of the recent tragedy here in our own community. Events like this shake us to our core and challenge our sense of security. We are also afforded a chance, though, to respond to our hurting community with great love, something that can never be taken away from us.

As Phyllis sat straight-backed on her bed and said in her unflappable, no-nonsense way, “We have work to do,” I thought about how absolutely right she is. For pregnant women all over the world, the old adage “the show must go on” holds true in many ways. I thought about the midwife delivering twins in the back of an ambulance during Hurricane Katrina. I thought about women in Siberian work camps during World War II assisting each other in birth. I thought about laboring women walking through rubble-strewn streets in Haiti after the devastating earthquake to reach the hospital. I thought about the baby born in the Waffle House parking lot a couple of weeks ago while crime scene tape was still hanging.

Pregnancy is a temporary condition, and babies will be born without regard to weather, sociopolitical upheaval, or geography. Pregnant women, new mothers, and infants are the most vulnerable people in times of turmoil, yet they frequently receive no special attention or care.

As this season of Call the Midwife winds down, I like to think of the loss of Nurse Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) as a challenge of sorts, a call to action to look for opportunities around the world and in our own community to respond to the needs of vulnerable pregnant women. It is fitting that this episode aired on the first day of Maternal Health Awareness Week, a time dedicated to advocating for better resources for pregnant and postpartum women in order to decrease the rising maternal mortality rate. We can take the love that cannot be extinguished within us and channel that energy into our continuing work. After all, that is what Barbara would want her fellow midwives to do.

Bethany Domzal Sanders, MSN, CNM, is a member of the Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives, the clinical practice of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing located at West End Women’s Health Center.

Free Screenings in May: Ric Burns Event & Veterans-Themed Indie Lens Pop-Up

NPT is hosting two free documentary screenings this month including a May 23 event with filmmaker Ric Burns and a May 17 veterans-themed event.

Served Like a Girl, the final film in our 2017 – 2018 Indie Lens Pop-Up series, is a candid look at a shared sisterhood aiming to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. By entering the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing women unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope as they overcome PTSD, sexual abuse and other traumas.

This event takes place on Thursday, May 17,  from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Watkins College of Art (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 37228). It is a free event, but RSVPs are required at served-npt.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating in the Watkins Theater will be first come, first served.

 

 

A panel discussion after the film will feature U.S. Army veterans Mary Ross and Marjorie K. Eastman, along with Dr. Denice P. Fish, a licensed professional counselor specializing in treating combat trauma.

Independent Lens airs Mondays on NPT.


 


On Wednesday, May 23, NPT will host a free screening and discussion of The Chinese Exclusion Act at Vanderbilt University’s First Amendment Center (1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville 37212). This timely documentary from PBS’ American Experience series reveals the connections between the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act – the only federal legislation in United States history ever to bar a specific race and nationality from immigration and citizenship – and the history of American civil liberties, immigration, labor and culture.

Following the screening, Ric Burns and Li-Shun Yu, the documentary’s producers, will take part in “Who Is American? Immigration, Exclusion, and the American Dream,” a panel discussion. They will be joined by a representative from the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and moderator Renata Soto, co-founder and director of Conexión Américas. The Chinese Arts Alliance will also be represented at the event.

This event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m.; doors open for a reception at 6 p.m. and the screening begins at 6:30. The event is free, but RSVPs are required at ricburns-npt.eventbrite.com. Seating will be first come, first served.

Find more NPT events at wnpt.org/events.

‘Call the Midwife’ Recap: Season 7, Episode 7

By Michelle Collins
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Call the Midwife is back for a seventh season and so are the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a weekly guest blog. Watch the show Sundays at 7 p.m. through May 6, then read our blog each Monday morning for historical and contemporary context about the previous night’s episode. SPOILER ALERT: Some posts may contain spoilers.

Heed the above spoiler alert before reading further – and if you have not watched last night’s episode, be sure to have tissues handy when you do.

In the previous episode of Call the Midwife, beloved midwife Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) became ill with what seemed like a run-of-the-mill upper respiratory infection. In Sunday’s episode, we learned that it had progressed to widespread meningococcal septicemia (infection). While at one point it looked as though she would rebound, Barbara eventually succumbed to her illness leaving Tom (played by Jack Ashton) a distraught widower.

What struck me about the episode was the display of devout service by midwife Phyllis (Linda Bassett). We watched Phyllis tend to Tom’s physical and emotional needs during Barbara’s illness and we saw her rally the other midwives to cover Barbara’s patients so their care would continue without a hiccough. Lastly, we saw Phyllis attend to Barbara’s needs by organizing the visitors with all the orderliness of a drill sergeant. In the quiet moments, we watched Phyllis sit and listen to Barbara’s realization that things were not improving (once she began to lose feeling in her hand). Phyllis didn’t try to placate or offer false hope; she was just there for Barbara.

In what was maybe her greatest act of friendship, Phyllis took on the heartbreaking task of sitting with Tom in Barbara’s final moments. Phyllis was as adept at “midwifing” Barbara out of this world as she had been at midwifing so many souls in. Phyllis’ last act of caring is escorting Tom back to Nonnatus House to deliver him into the loving embrace of friends after Barbara’s passing. Once Tom is safely surrounded by others capable of caring for him, we see Phyllis relinquish her responsibility and slip out onto the porch where she breaks down weeping. I found this to be one of the most compelling moments of the episode.

We midwives spend the majority of our careers caring for others. We walk with our patients through many wonderful moments, as well as many that are bleak and horridly painful. Thus, midwives (and other healthcare professionals) may reach a point when we have spent all that is in our emotional purse, so to speak. This can lead to compassion fatigue, a form of burnout that can develop when caring for others. Manifestations of this phenomenon include sadness, an inability to concentrate, feeling exhausted despite adequate rest, and loss of joy in activities that formerly brought pleasure. Most concerning is that this can lead to general apathy, wherein the provider just doesn’t have the capacity to care any longer. Losing the ability to care is obviously devastating for someone who has entered a caring profession.

Caregivers caring for themselves is imperative; just knowing that compassion fatigue can occur is the first step. Strategies like eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly – all of these activities that keep us physically healthy – can also help to prevent burnout. Recognizing the signs in ourselves, and perhaps in those with whom we work, is also crucial. It takes time and acceptance of help (including that from an experienced therapist) to refill one’s emotional purse, and caregivers can rebound from compassion fatigue. The most important thing to remember is that one’s capacity to care and empathize does not come with a guarantee of perpetuity.

Michelle Collins Ph.D., CNM, FACNM, FAAN is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program, at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

NPT’s ‘Next Door Neighbors: Between Two Worlds’ Premieres Thursday, April 26

Between Two Worlds, the 11th documentary in NPT’s Next Door Neighbors series, premieres Thursday, April 26, at 8 p.m. This edition of Next Door Neighbors highlights members of Middle Tennessee’s Indian, Chinese and Filipino communities. These groups represent the largest source countries for U.S. immigration through the H-1B visa program, the temporary work visas issued to foreigners in “specialty occupations.” H-1B recipients must have a bachelor’s degree at minimum and the visa allows them to work in the U.S. for three years with the possibility of extensions after that.

Though H-1B visa recipients come to the U.S. with educational and professional connections that other immigrants may lack, they often still face the challenges of adjusting to life in a new environment. “They have to deal with being caught between expectations of making it in this new place and also maintaining traditions and culture,” said Shawn Anfinson, producer of the Between Two Worlds documentary.

Prior to the 1960s, fewer than 500,000 Asian immigrants lived in the United States. Today, there are more than 20 million Asian Americans, an increase that began with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which lifted quotas based on nationality and welcomed a diverse generation of newcomers.

Among the stories told in Next Door Neighbors: Between Two Worlds is that of Vijay Bhaskar Reddy Dasharadi, an IT worker whose family’s plans to return home changed after the birth of their special-needs daughter. Another segment introduces Helen Libanan, who put herself through college and law school after her marriage to an American ended in divorce. Chongbin Zhu, LAC., Ph.D., combines Chinese medicine and conventional Western medicine when treating patients.

“I truly believe that people who come to America come here to pursue a dream,” Sri Pallavaram, president of the India Association of Nashville, says in the documentary. “This is the land of opportunity. It’s still true and this is truly one of the kindest countries in the world towards immigrants.”

Additional Between Two Worlds interviewees include: Joy Ruth Matanguihan, president of the Filipino-American Association of Tennessee; Guangping Zheng, Ph.D., director of MTSU’s Confucius Institute; Mei Han, Ph.D., director of MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music and Culture.

Next Door Neighbors: Between Two Worlds will be available for online viewing at ndn.wnpt.org/documentaries; additional broadcast times for the documentary are:

  • Saturday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. on NPT2
  • Sunday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. on NPT2
  • Sunday, May 27, at 10 p.m. on NPT

Next Door Neighbors: Between Two Worlds is made possible by the generous support of The Nissan Foundation.

NPT’s award-winning Next Door Neighbors series looks at Nashville’s status as a destination city for refugees and immigrants and explores the rich diversity of people now calling Nashville home. Through documentaries, extensive outreach and continued relationships with Nashville’s immigrant and refugee communities the Next Door Neighbors project aims to increase understanding of unfamiliar cultures, highlight the experiences and successes of Nashville’s immigrants, and mediate a community-wide conversation about who we are as Nashvillians.

‘Call the Midwife’ Recap: Season 7, Episode 6

By Bethany Domzal Sanders
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Call the Midwife is back for a seventh season and so are the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a weekly guest blog. Watch the show Sundays at 7 p.m. through May 6, then read our blog each Monday morning for historical and contemporary context about the previous night’s episode. SPOILER ALERT: Some posts may contain spoilers.

I have very distinct memories of being in fourth grade, about 10 years old, and being shepherded into a dark classroom with all the other girls in my grade to watch a movie entitled Growing Up and Liking It. Embarrassed giggles masked our curiosity as the teachers displayed samples of feminine hygiene products, much like the scene in this week’s episode of Call the Midwife. It may be hard to believe that teaching basic human biology could evoke controversy, but the debate about how reproduction and sexual health should be taught continues even today. With the average age of menarche, the first period, being about 12 years old, mothers may find themselves having uncomfortable conversations about puberty earlier than they expected.

Fortunately, women have more choices in products for period management than ever before. Disposable and reusable menstrual cups, cloth pads and panty liners, menstrual sponges, and special absorbent underwear are newcomers to the scene once dominated by sanitary napkins held in place with girdle-like belts and rubber sanitary aprons. Intrauterine devices, extended cycling birth control pills and other hormonal birth control options provide some women with a desired benefit of fewer, lighter or even no periods.

Menstruation has recently stirred up political controversy. Taxes on feminine products continues in most states, although some states now include pads and tampons as tax-exempt necessities. Critics of the “tampon tax” hold that women are being discriminated against simply for their biology given that menstruation is not a choice and must be contained somehow. In 2016, when New York decided to make feminine hygiene products tax-free, it was estimated that the state’s revenue would decrease by $10 million annually.

Access to products is another issue. Advocates for incarcerated women, for example, have voiced concerns about restrictions on the number of pads women were allocated monthly and the total number of pads women were allowed to have in their possession. While incarcerated women are able to purchase additional supplies, women would need to work more than 20 hours to buy a 20-count box of tampons under current prison wages. Federal prisons changed their policy in 2017 as public awareness of the issue grew, and women gained free access to unlimited pads and tampons. The majority of incarcerated women are held in state facilities, however, and many of those institutions still have restrictions on menstrual supplies.

While discussing menstruation and female biology may have us sympathizing with Nurse Lucille, who was visibly uncomfortable during the presentations, Nurse Valerie’s advice to look young women straight in the eye and answer their questions is sound. For many people, talking about periods in public is taboo, but it is important for women of all ages to have trusted people to turn to for answers about their gynecologic and sexual health. Midwives can help fill that role.

Bethany Domzal Sanders, MSN, CNM, is a member of the Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives, the clinical practice of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing located at West End Women’s Health Center.