Way More Women Still Die From Childbirth Than Abortion

Anti-choicers enjoy pressuring women into giving birth by listing the various (fake) ways you can die from abortion. But having a baby is riskier than not having a baby, even in 2013. » 9/10/13 2:20pm 9/10/13 2:20pm

‘Very Photogenic’ Duo Seeks Photog to Document ‘Intimate’ Live Birth

A young and "very photogenic couple" — he keeps it real with "original (not cliche)" tattoos, she is a "beautiful and petite" goddess — seeks an imaginative yet tasteful photographer to document the upcoming all-natural water birth of their son. Ideally, said visionary will do it for free, out of the goodness of his… » 7/24/13 5:00pm 7/24/13 5:00pm

OK! Can't Even Wait 48 Hours to Start Talking About Kate's Baby Weight

OK! Magazine prepared a story about Kate Middleton's "post-baby weight loss regime" — Kate's trainer says her stomach will "shrink straight back," for those of you who were concerned — before the royal spawn had emerged from her womb. Disgusting, yes, but you're pretty dumb if you're shocked by the preemptive… » 7/24/13 12:00pm 7/24/13 12:00pm

The 1% Can Afford to Give Birth in America. The Rest Are Screwed.

Childbirth, typically a pretty straightforward (in-and-out, you might say) procedure, costs a staggering amount of money in the United States because pregnant women, uninsured or otherwise, are billed item by overpriced and often unnecessary item. Meanwhile, citizens in other developed countries enjoy the same access… » 7/01/13 4:30pm 7/01/13 4:30pm

Single Women and the 'Inadvertent Second Shift'

Juggling a career and raising children is, without a doubt, a truly impressive feat. However, as Ayana Byrd argues in Marie Claire, juggling a career and being childless comes with challenges of its own — namely, that employers assume that you don't really have any valid external demands on your time. This, Byrd… » 6/28/13 5:00pm 6/28/13 5:00pm

UK Hospitals Allow Salespeople to Target Mothers Minutes After Birth

The Telegraph reports on a new birth trend: being subjected to the disgraceful marketing strategies of sales representatives who pay British hospitals for access to new mothers, whom they hope to take advantage of for profit. Sometimes the salespeople will begin badgering new parents mere minutes after birth. So… » 6/18/13 2:00pm 6/18/13 2:00pm

Cable TV Is Some Kind of Birth Control

Fertility declined in rural villages in India and Brazil with cable TV access — because, according to two studies, women are inspired by the relatable childless ladies on soap operas (but not, apparently, to kill/cheat/impersonate their twin sister). » 6/14/13 11:45am 6/14/13 11:45am

Kindly Get the Fuck Out of the Delivery Room While We're Giving Birth

Delivery rooms increasingly resemble gladiator-style amphitheaters where uninvited family members cram in to watch women give birth, according to Today, which describes situations "rife with drama as grandparents-to-be vie for the best camera angle, or a mother-in-law angles to be the one feeding ice chips between… » 5/21/13 10:40am 5/21/13 10:40am

You Won't Find These Mother's Day Cards at the Supermarket

Most greeting card aisle offerings are geared towards the nuclear family norm. Check out the "Mama's Day Our Way" eCard series, which highlights queer moms, immigrant moms, and other moms that aren't so Hallmark-friendly. » 5/10/13 12:30pm 5/10/13 12:30pm

Here Are Two Inspiring Pregnancy Discrimination Case Victories

Some happy May Day news: the National Women's Law Center announced settlements in two pregnancy discrimination cases this week. » 5/01/13 5:50pm 5/01/13 5:50pm

Pregnant Hospital Worker Forced to Take Unpaid Leave Because She…

The National Women's Law Center filed a complaint today with the U.S. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Amy Crosby, a 30 year-old pregnant hospital cleaner in Tallahassee, Florida who had to go on unpaid leave because her employer, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, wouldn't… » 3/28/13 3:30pm 3/28/13 3:30pm

Marissa Mayer Won't Let You Work From Home, Even If You Really Need to…

Notoriously "gender blind" Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is now mandating that employees become "one Yahoo!" by "physically being together," literally: no more working from home. » 2/25/13 10:40am 2/25/13 10:40am

All the Single Ladies Were Missing From the Republican and Democratic…

If there's one cause both left and right-wing Americans can stand united behind, it's moms: both the Republican and Democrat Conventions couldn't have been more mom-obsessed if they had actually taken place in a hospital maternity ward. But almost half of all Americans are single, and 44 percent of American women… » 9/07/12 5:30pm 9/07/12 5:30pm

Parenting Makes Dads Happy, Moms Not So Much

Last week, we learned some depressing news about depressed stay-at-home moms: they're way more likely to spend time feeling sad and angry than employed moms, who are about as emotionally content as working women who don't have children. » 5/21/12 12:40pm 5/21/12 12:40pm

Stylish Mothers Of The World, Unite

What if you took two parts vintage photography, one part wacky hair, three parts adorable back stories, added lashings of reader-submitted content, and then called your mom, who loves you? You'd get the awesome blog My Mom, The Style Icon. » 10/29/09 2:00pm 10/29/09 2:00pm