Welcome! I'm Maya, a wife and mother of two boys living in New York City. I have a couple of degrees under my belt,  with a Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences and a M.S. in Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. I believe every woman should know how her body works so that she can make educated decisions when it comes to her health and well being.

Lady Parts: The Manual was created as I realized that many women, no matter how educated, knew very little about their health. Most women were never properly taught about their own biology. This blog hopes to teach woman about their bodies, to answer those random questions that are usually too embarrassing to ask, to break down some of the health news and fads that we are constantly bombarded with, and to make this whole topic of lady parts much more approachable. 

I absolutely love to teach, and am currently teaching at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I have taught a variety of graduate classes in public health from Women's Health to Health Literacy. I'm hoping to take my love for educating outside of the classroom and help all women (and men!!) become more informed about health.

Some random facts about me:

  • I read a book or two of fiction a week. I am not the best sleeper, but I am a fantastic reader. 
  • I have a fondness for orchids, and have had some of my "girls" for almost a decade. 
  • I have been practicing yoga for 19 years, and try to make it to class at least once a week. My boys are getting an early start and can do some amazing poses already. 
  • I love to travel, and while things have slowed down with the kiddos, we still schlep them on some crazy adventures. 
  • I am part of a wonderful non-profit called Moms for Moms where we help out single moms in need.
  • NYC is where I was born, where I call home, and I think it is the best city on earth. 

Any questions? Email me at maya@ladypartsmanual.com. 

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