Sophia Wilhelm


Senior Psychology major Leah Daniel volunteers as a Doula at the UNC Hospitals.

Midwives continue to serve mothers in the modern age of medicine

Though the practice has fallen in and out of popularity in the U.S. as medicine has become increasingly professionalized, midwives today deliver about 15 percent of births at UNC Hospitals.   “There’s a lot more interest today in women to have more say in their healthcare and more involvement in their labor and pregnancy,” said Kathy Higgins, the division director of midwifery services in the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  “For midwives, that is their basic philosophy, in providing education and supporting them in their desires for their pregnancy and birthing experience.” 

Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill Public Library, from their book "Courage in the Moment. The Civil Rights Struggle 1961-1964" photographed by Jim Wallace. Protestors had to agree to practice nonviolent resistance by neither assisting or resisting arrest, here the demonstrators are lying on Franklin Street, according to the book. 

Gone but not forgotten: Chapel Hill School District's slow start to desegregation

The Brown v. the Board of Education Supreme Court decision was made in 1954, but the Chapel Hill school board didn’t start desegregating schools until 1960, and desegregation wasn’t complete in Chapel Hill until the summer of 1966.  “Even in progressive Chapel Hill and Carrboro, it wasn’t smooth and some very hurtful things happened,” said Mia Burroughs, a member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

Kelie Roy is both a mother to Jonah Roy and a full time student at UNC.

She's a single mother recovering from addiction. Soon, she'll be a UNC graduate.

Kelie Roy, 23, will be getting her UNC cap and gown in just three months. But she won’t be the only one wearing a party hat that month — her son will also be celebrating his fourth birthday. Philosophy major Roy was 20 years old when she found out she was pregnant.  Three years prior to her pregnancy, Roy was in high school. She was suspended for possession of drugs and was diagnosed with PTSD from sexual assault.  She switched high schools, hoping to get a fresh start, but then ended up eating lunch in the school bathroom.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Buckmire.

Local nonprofits help North Carolina combat food insecurity

With one in four children facing food deprivation, North Carolina has one of the highest percentages of children who are food insecure in the U.S., according to a report by NC Food Banks. Staff writer Sophia Wilhelm looked into three local organizations that help children's food insecurity in Orange, Chatham and other surrounding counties.