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Jen Babakhan

location-pin San Francisco, California

School: University of San Diego

Expertise: Jen writes about parenting, terminal illness, and other major life transitions, including the stories of people managing difficult diagnoses, navigating medical mysteries, and overcoming health crises.

Jen Babakhan

  • Jen is the author of Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey From Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom.
  • She’s recently published her second book, Love Has the Last Word: Finding Peace With A Parent's Terminal Illness.
  • Jen is also a ghostwriter for Guideposts book division and previously worked as a marketing specialist for the MedicAlert Foundation.


Jen is a journalist and author with more than ten years of writing experience. For Reader’s Digest and The Healthy, Jen has interviewed people from all walks of life to share their stories of parenting challenges, health crises, mental health journeys, and even long-lost love. Her work has also appeared in Guideposts,, Yahoo! Lifestyle, and other national news outlets. Jen is also the author of two wellness books, a memoir detailing the bumpy transition to embracing stay-at-home motherhood and a book of stories and advice in coping with a loved one’s terminal illness.


University of San Diego, Secondary Teaching Credential, English/Language Arts Teacher Education, 2013 California State University, Stanislaus, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Elementary Education and Teaching, 2008 California State University, Stanislaus, BA, Communication and Media Studies, 2004