Sharon Anglum-Storrs '71 describes her new business as "mommy boot camp." She and her partner provide labor and lactation coaching, nutrition and childbirth education, and referrals to doctors and counselors. That's in addition to her job as a school nurse at the ethnically diverse Gregory Elementary School in West Orange, N.J. Both jobs fit nicely into the history of Anglum-Storrs's pursuit of two lifelong passions: speaking Spanish and helping mothers with their new babies.
Upon graduating from Skidmore with a degree in Spanish, she moved to Mexico, where she'd spent part of her junior year, to marry. During 10 years in Mexico City, she had two children and found work as a doula (labor coach) and lactation consultant and also ran a childbirth and parenting education course. Next came three years in Jerusalem, before the family returned to New Jersey to find better care for their severely disabled infant daughter. After raising two more children, Anglum-Storrs earned a nursing degree, studied midwifery, and worked at St. Clare's Hospital in Newark, where she says, "I was using Spanish all the time." She observes, "Nothing that you learn is ever wasted. You don't know when you're going to need some skill, some course you took."
She found nursing and midwifery fulfilling but shift work difficult, so she decided to become a school nurse, which required further formal study. "My life is one long story of 'And then she went back to school!'" she quips.
Recently, Anglum-Storrs continued her alternative health-care education by becoming a certified holistic health counselor. She raves about her training, including Deepak Chopra's teaching of a course in meditation. She is now a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, though she says, "It's not that I never give medicine to my students." The holistic approach, she explains, "just gives me a broader set of tools with which to help them, including meditation and yoga."
For her, "Creativity is the basis for everything. It's the basis for enjoyment and for appreciating creativity in others, including children."