About the Author

Sarah Klein Masterson is a writer in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, D.C. Her book, DC BABY: A Handbook for Parenting In (& Around) the Capitol City, was published in 2005 under the auspices of Whipsmart Press, which she co-founded with her husband, Noah, a web marketing manager in the financial sector.

The book was inspired by the Mastersons' relocation—with their then infant daughter, Ava Louise—from Texas to Washington in the spring of 2005, when Noah accepted his current position with Calvert Funds.

Sarah is a proud alum of the University of Texas at Austin, earned her master's degree from Texas State University, San Marcos, and did doctoral work in the late '90s at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has taught writing and rhetoric at University of Maryland, College Park and Texas Lutheran University, and has worked in journalism, trade publishing, and nonprofit communications since 1989 (when she started her first newspaper reporting job the morning after high school graduation!).

Sarah's professional interests have always centered around women's issues. She currently volunteers as the Washington, DC coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI) and co-facilitates a peer support group for pregnant women and new mothers in Northwest DC. Sarah recently founded a not-for-profit advocacy organization, The Perinatal Project, and is a part-time communications consultant to prominent nonprofits including the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and Partnership for Clear Health Communication. She volunteers at her daughter's co-op preschool and, in her "spare time," enjoys writing about motherhood at Don't Drink the Bathwater.

DC BABY's press run SOLD OUT by June 2006, so the book is currently out of print. However, it IS available for purchase as an e-book at www.dc-baby.com/store.php. An updated second edition of the e-book is in the works for 2007. And Sarah still publishes two free resources for pregnant women and the parents of young children: the DC BABY Blog and a monthly e-newsletter. To subscribe, click here.

Photo by Marlo Collins