Thanks for considering adding me to your inbox each week. If you subscribe, every Sunday at 7 a.m. (Pacific time), you’ll get a round up of recent news related to disabled children, paired with an original essay, cartoon, or a link to my original reporting published with partner news organizations.

Who am I?

My name is Shasta Kearns Moore. I’ve lived in Oregon almost all my life, graduating from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication with top grades and several languages under my belt. I fell in love with newspapers and community journalism around the same time that the world fell out of love with newspapers and traditional reporting.

I still have the reporting skills and approach, but a funny thing happened on the way to becoming a traditional reporter: I had twin boys three months premature. Their resulting disabilities led me to enter the topsy-turvy Special Needs World, which has now become the focus of my reporting. I see now why certain topics need a first-person viewpoint and I am not afraid to share the conclusions I’ve reached about the solutions to some of the problems families of disabled children face.

I still spend most of my days navigating the high seas of caregiving, but in May 2021, I started this weekly newsletter/podcast for parents like me. I call it Medical Motherhood as an alternative to the "special needs mom" label. (If you’re unsure why that’s problematic, read this.) Subscriptions to Medical Motherhood are free with optional tiers of support.

What do I get as a paid subscriber?

All the support Medical Motherhood as gotten so far has been very encouraging and proves to me that a news source like this is needed. I am plowing all of the proceeds back into this publication because I feel like this information needs to be out in the world. I am a community journalist at heart and medical mamas are my community. So few professional reporters are really paying close attention to the policies, trends and issues that affect this population in particular.

If you become a paid subscriber, you’ll be supporting this work, offsetting the costs associated with it and helping me spread this valuable information.

In return, paid subscribers get exclusive quarterly reports showing how Medical Motherhood is growing, as well as access to physical and online events.

This is independent journalism funded by you, for you. Join us!

What people are saying…

“Shasta writes all the thoughts in my head. Just in a way that makes sense to other people.” — Calli

“A great resource of information about raising disabled children." — Lyndsey

“Incredibly informative, eye-opening, real-world and well-written information source on a ‘medical motherhood’ journey. It’s based on her experiences and research (she’s a journalist by trade). Whether you want to feel a sense of community and solidarity, learn from her experiences or increase your own awareness, I highly encourage you to take a peek. I subscribed and am so glad I did.” — Keli

“Shasta is using her journalism background and her way with words to get our plight out there for all to digest one article at a time. I encourage anyone who is living this life as well — or those who want to be allies and have a taste as to what we are dealing with — to sign up for a subscription.” — Jenny

“Wow!! This is so needed!” — Lisa

“You have the eye for the stories that count, and this is one that few will tell.  I’m grateful to you, and this mom, for that.” — Tamara

“These are (no surprise) extremely well-written, powerful essays.” — John Schrag, executive editor, Pamplin Media Group

“I love what Shasta does. She makes people feel less alone. She listens and articulates very well and she is so compassionate. She is a great writer and journalist and we truly need people like her to tell our stories.” — Lorri

“It's real and refreshing. Sometimes makes me cry, but that's not a bad thing. It's great to be understood. You say what only another medical mama in the trenches could say. Thank you!” — Marti


Shasta Kearns Moore
Writer mama to identical twin boys with several medical diagnoses and a whole lot of personality. Former newspaper reporter, lifelong Oregonian, polyglot.