Amialya Durairaj
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I am a freelance writer, consultant, and advocate. I specialize in writing and communications for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and nutrition programs.

My unique benefit is my ability to marry the research/technical and communications worlds to deliver products that are both substantive and engaging. (But don’t just take my word for it— read my testimonials!)

Before starting my boutique consulting firm Little Octopus LLC, I worked in health communications and knowledge management roles for large non- and for-profit organizations such as Save the Children, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Aetna, and UnitedHealth Group.

My work has been featured in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental NutritionFood Tank, The Mighty, and the Healthy Newborn Network.

In 2015, I graduated with a Master of Science in Nutrition from George Mason University, where I was awarded a Provost’s Office research fellowship. (Check out a piece written about my original, mixed methods research of women of reproductive age in Uganda.)

I created Little Octopus after my life was transformed when my twins were born three months early. Because one of my daughters has a congenital heart defect, my family has spent more than a year and hospital. That is why I am now so passionate about devoting my professional talents to support vulnerable children and their families.

I currently reside in San Diego, CA. When I am not juggling client deadlines, I enjoy volunteering as the Cardiac Family Advisory Chair for the Rady Children’s Hospital Heart Institute.

I am also a proud member of the Preemie Parent Alliance:

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