A Conversation with Maggie Nelson About The Argonauts, Motherhood, Love

Maggie Nelson writes like no one else on the planet. Her work dives—headlong, yet gracefully—into the ugly, messy, or simply complicated; she treats our bodies’ instincts, whether fear, desire, or violence, with the same erudite analysis more often accorded to art and literature, the offspring of those instincts. She… » 5/18/15 1:45pm Monday 1:45pm

Gender Inequalities Reduced When Children Have a Working Mother

Though most American mothers work — nearly three quarters — broadly speaking, culture has never quite accepted the reality of mothers in the workplace. See for example, a recent Pew report that found 41% of Americans thought that working mothers were probably tearing the very fabric of our society to shreds (or, at… » 5/17/15 12:15pm 5/17/15 12:15pm

Black Women In Missouri 'Wonder' If Their Babies Were Stolen 


In April a viral video showed 50-year-old Melanie Gilmore reunited with her birth mother, 76-year-old Zella Jackson Price. The video, featured by nearly every news organization, showed an emotional reunion between Gilmore, who is deaf, and Price who believed her child had died immediately after birth. But now it looks… » 5/02/15 1:00pm 5/02/15 1:00pm

A New Way to Banish Baby Weight, and Other Advice for Moms

If you’ve had a baby or plan to have one or know someone who might have a baby or already did — in other words, if you’re human — you’ve heard of the struggle to regain the “old self.” This is the person you were before a whole ‘nother person came along and the struggle to regain the old self is real. I spoke with my… » 4/29/15 11:15pm 4/29/15 11:15pm

Pregnant and Single at 50: An Interview with Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins is a singer, songwriter, and activist with a catalogue that's five albums deep, though most people of a certain generation know her best from her 1992 chart-topping smash, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover." She's currently working on the follow-up to her bluesy 2012 album The Crossing, but lately she's… » 3/05/15 2:00pm 3/05/15 2:00pm

YouTube CEO: 'Paid Maternity Is Good for Business'

Susan Wojcicki wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal earlier this week making a pretty good case for longer, paid maternity leave. The YouTube CEO is a bit of a trailblazer in the tech industry, she joined Google while it was still a start up and, more interestingly, while she was four months pregnant. Wojcicki… » 1/17/15 3:15pm 1/17/15 3:15pm

The Legend of Countess Margaret, Who Birthed 365 Mouse-Sized Children

Here is how the story goes: One day, the Countess Margaret of Henneberg met a poor woman who said she was carrying twins. The countess was confounded by the prospect of birthing two children at the same time. She told the poor woman that the only way twins were possible was if they had two different fathers. Outraged,… » 1/05/15 1:10pm 1/05/15 1:10pm

An Unnatural Birth: In Praise of the Caesarean Section

I'm sitting, exhausted, in a tiny circle of new mommies, almost all of us first-timers, with our two-month-old babies in our laps. Some of the babies are sleeping, some are awake. For most of us, I assume, it was a struggle to even get here, to this meetup. It certainly was for me. The mommies are trading birthing… » 10/09/14 1:10pm 10/09/14 1:10pm

Seven Valuable Pieces of Advice Just for Teenage Girls

There comes a day when you realise you cannot continue as the child you are now — fashioned in an unfashionable decade by your poor parents, and at a time when they were inadvisably discombobulated by Caesarian stitches, fundamental disagreements with their own parents, retrospectively laughable hair-cuts, and… » 9/23/14 5:30pm 9/23/14 5:30pm

We Need to Talk About Women Who Regret Motherhood

It's hard enough for women to talk about not wanting to become mothers at all, or to admit it isn't all its cracked up to be, but imagine the experience for women who straight-up discover it is not a good fit, a troubling experience, a series of disappointments, a bum deal? There is no good way to discuss this. » 9/18/14 11:50am 9/18/14 11:50am

51-Year-Old Pregnant Single Mom Defies Age Barriers Using Lots of Cash

There is a single 51-year-old entrepreneur in New York City preparing to be a mother for the second time — she had her first daughter at 49. Flush from her successful jewelry publicity business, Tracey Kahn is embracing motherhood thanks to IVF and doesn't care what you think. » 9/09/14 11:40am 9/09/14 11:40am

Another Mom Is Arrested for Letting Her Kid Go to the Park Alone

Fifteen days ago, we heard about South Carolina mom Debra Harrell, who was arrested when her 9-year-old daughter was found playing in a park alone. On Wednesday morning, the Today show aired the story of Florida resident Nicole Gainey, who was arrested when her 7-year-old son was spotted walking to a park by himself. » 7/30/14 4:20pm 7/30/14 4:20pm