Neldara A. Dowell, CNM from Woman Care Center in Norfolk, VA

This midwife is extremely ableist. She argued with me that autistic people don’t get pregnant, repeatedly ignored my requests for simple accommodations (like something to cover my eyes from bright lights or to be told when touched), said only combat veterans get PTSD and I was making it up, stripped my membranes without my consent (didn’t tell me until after it was done), and when I panicked during labor made no attempt to calm me down. Called me selfish and ordered nurses to hold me down. For hours. She is NOT a good choice for neurodiverse or disabled people for any procedure in my opinion, lacks both concern for consent and empathy.

Air Force Memorial by Creese1979 on Flickr.

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has some spectacular sunrises, like this one from Hazel Mountain Overlook. Just 75 miles from Washington, DC, Shenandoah offers an escape from the city with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and quiet wooded hollows. National Park Service photo.

A Virginia pastor has been arrested for lying to police officials after he filed a report stating he had been robbed at gunpoint by a muti-racial couple (Black man and White woman) after he acted like a “Good Samaritan” and stopped to help them with car trouble, CBS6 is reporting. Pastor George Hunley of Louisa, Virginia, was taken into custody and then released after being charged with making false statements to police, which is a misdemeanor. Full Article.

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Check out this gorgeous sunset pic from Assateague Island National Seashore. A 37 mile long island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia, Assateague Island gives visitors an chance to explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent at Assateague. Photo courtesy of Bob Ferralli.