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I love writing, and I love journalism. I’ve worked for 11 incredible years in this industry, sticking my elbows out at crammed press conferences, interviewing amazing people, and sweating through tight deadlines. But in 2015 I said goodbye to the newsroom so I could freelance and blog, while being home with my children.

Stick around to check out some of my recent stories about HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

Interested in connecting about freelance work? Drop me a line at kristen.thom@gmail.com.


This Is What Real Heroism Looks Like (Toronto Star)

A teen and her aunt want cancer patients at Toronto’s Hospital For Sick Children to feel like heroes — so they’re making them capes. Read story here


What you should never say to a C-section mom (Today’s Parent)

I’m not going to name names, but after my first c-section, someone had the gall to inform me I was lucky because I got to forego labour. It wasn’t the first boneheaded comment someone made about my C-sections but it was maybe the most presumptuous. Read more


Wee ones and the web (Toronto Star)

Baby Joey Marie Choi is only halfway through her first year of life, and already she’s an Internet celebrity with a tickle trunk that would make most cosplayers jealous. She’s been dressed as singers Sia, Beyoncé, Game of Thrones hero Jon Snow and even Eleven from Stranger Things — all while blissfully asleep. The photos are so excruciatingly adorable, they’ve been shared all over the web. Read more


Media and mental illness (Metro)

There are several terrible truths surrounding the stabbings of two teenage girls in an Abbotsford high school. The first and most tragic being that a young girl is dead and another injured. The second being that the young man allegedly responsible appears to have had no motive. Whether mental illness played a factor is still unclear, but that hasn’t stopped many people from jumping to that conclusion. Read more


Patient sitting on treatment couchPregnancy and Infant Loss feature (Metro)

Metro News ran six stories about miscarriage ahead of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which aims to destigmatize miscarriage. These are the stories.


When innocent comments sexualize kids (Toronto Star)

I’ll admit to having done something super cliché when I found out one of my best friends was expecting a boy after my daughter was born: I started planning our kids’ wedding. At their first play date — and let me emphasize that they were just little blobs lying on a play mat — I may have referred to him as Isla’s “little boyfriend.” Read more


breastfeeding.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoToo old to breastfeed? (Metro)

There’s a large faction of people out there who are pretty grossed out by the idea of breastfeeding toddlers and preschoolers. Opinions range from: “It’s weird and makes me uncomfortable” to “it’s tantamount to pedophilia.” The latter opinion veers well into the realm of crazy. The former, well, I used to see the point there. I now know better. Read more


Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 6.34.09 PMTrudeaus’ breastfeeding tweet an amazing show of support for moms (Metro)

Our prime minister did something really cool this week, and I’m not talking about shirtless photobombs. He tweeted a beautiful pic of his wife nursing their son, Hadrien. The caption read, “Let’s support mothers who breastfeed anytime, anywhere.” He was throwing his support behind World Breastfeeding Week… Read more


dreamstimel50397858.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoKids and food allergies (Toronto Star)

Any new parent will likely agree to at least these two universal truths: you want to do what’s best for your kid, and what’s best is often subjective. Most people will tell you just to go with your gut, but what happens when your gut is the problem? This is the conundrum for any parent who has a food allergy or intolerance. They’ll tell you that feeding their own kids can feel like playing Russian roulette… Read more


breastfeedingWe need to end breastfeeding shaming (Metro)

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this column because this has been said so many times. But, given the recent breastfeeding-shaming incidents at a Winnipeg mall and on a United Airlines flight, I guess it needs to be said again: Breastfeeding is not gross. It’s natural, it’s important and it’s really difficult. So it’s shocking to me that mothers are being shamed for doing it in public — and by other women. I nursed my daughter for 12 months. Sometimes I covered up, sometimes I didn’t, but I was always modest – as our most nursing mothers… Read more


vaccineIt’s not about just your child. The case for mandatory vaccinations (Metro)

Ready for your daily dose of controversy? I believe strongly in childhood vaccinations. Wait, I’m not done. I believe they should be mandatory. I can feel thousands of readers bristling right now. This is a sensitive topic because most of us love our children. But that doesn’t mean we are always acting in their best interest. And that’s when the government should step in… Read more

Ghomeshi Charged 20141126It’s not about Ghomeshi, it’s about sexual violence (Metro)

Let me inundate you with even more Jian Ghomeshi analysis, because I think it’s important. In fact, I think it’s a matter of life and death. So before we turn the page, hear me out. Jian Ghomeshi has been charged and the case is in the courts, but this isn’t the time to turn our backs on the story. If we do so, it will end an important dialogue about sexual violence, and that puts women in danger… Read more

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