Welcome to Alison's Wonderland!
Hi. I'm Alison Stuebe, and I'm an assistant professor in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
I live in Chapel Hill with my husband, Geoff, and our three boys, Noah, Sam, and Max.
When I was pregnant with Noah back in 2001, I thought I'd try to breastfeed. I started residency with a 3-month-old infant at home, and I came to intern orientation with
a Medela Pump-in-Style slung over my shoulder. What began as a modest plan - I wanted to breastfeed Noah for a year - became a personal challenge and a professional
As I learned more about breastfeeding, I wanted to understand its effects on mothers. I got involved with the Nurses' Health Study,
working with Karin Michels and
Janet Rich-Edwards to study the effects of nursing on a woman's risk of diabetes.
I also got interested in how the health care system helps (or hinders) a woman's
efforts to breastfeed. I joined the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, helping with their web site design and a variety of other educational initiatives. I've
also been a tireless (and probably tiresome!) advocate for breastfeeding among residents and fellows at Brigham and Women's and Mass General, working on efforts to
improve education and support from prenatal clinic to the postpartum floor.
I came to Boston from Washington University in St. Louis. In my pre-medical life, I worked for a year-and-a-half as a producer at the New York Times Electronic Media
Company, home of The New York Times on the Web. I spent most of my time there working on CyberTimes, an exclusive-to-the-web section of the Times' site, and I was also
involved with some special projects, including a special web site on women's health.
I graduated from Duke University in May of 1995,
where I was Editor of The
Chronicle, the daily campus newspaper.
I started working at The Times at the beginning of 1996, after spending
the fall traveling, first to the NGO Forum on
Women in Beijing, China, and then on a 12,845 mile solo driving tour of the United States,
featuring my 1993 Toyota Camry and a lot of AAA maps and guidebooks.
Aside from driving absurdly long distances, I enjoy writing and photography. Photos from my trip to China, as well as some (somewhat out-of-date!) writing
samples, are featured on Alison's Wonderland.
I'm also a loyal Duke basketball fan. But my enthusaism for the Blue Devils pales beside that
of my husband, Geoff Green, who is an attorney, and works part time from home while looking after Noah, Sam and Max.
I also tweet and blog on behalf of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.