Talking to Meghan Daum About Selfishness, Being Childless by Choice

Today, 19 percent of women end their potential childbearing years without having had any children—making childlessness as common as it is irrationally controversial. We had the chance to talk about the topic with Meghan Daum: author, LA Times columnist, editor of the forthcoming essay collection Selfish, Shallow and… » 3/30/15 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

'Visibly Pregnant' Girls in Sierra Leone Banned from Attending School

Sierra Leone's Education Minister has announced that school-aged girls who are "visibly pregnant" won't be allowed to attend school, take their exams, or associate with non-pregnant students. A top education official has suggested that having pregnant girls in class would "encourage other girls to do the same thing." » 3/30/15 11:30am Yesterday 11:30am

New Trend: Men Wanting Babies, Women Wanting Freedom

It was bound to happen: One day, women would awake from the fog of cultural myth-making to realize that having kids is in fact a lot of work, work that was bound to fall disproportionately on them—maybe even too much work, all said, if you want to get other stuff done or have a low-key existence. And they would decide… » 3/19/15 2:50pm 3/19/15 2:50pm

These Questions Will Help You Stop Judging Pregnant Women at Work

Do you know a pregnant colleague? Have you already drawn negative conclusions about her intentions, abilities, basic competence, and general character? Hold the phones, you're probably being a dick. Here's how not to. » 3/15/15 1:30pm 3/15/15 1:30pm

'Marlise's Law' Would Give Pregnant People End-of-Life Decision Rights

It's been a little more than a year since the family of Marlise Munoz was allowed to take her off life support. The Azle, Texas woman was kept artificially alive against her family's wishes for two months while clinically brain-dead because she was pregnant. Now her family is supporting a new bill that would give… » 3/12/15 4:30pm 3/12/15 4:30pm

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

Pregnant Women Should Maybe Eat More Tuna, Says FDA

"Should pregnant women eat more tuna?" asks the New York Times. I mean, it's something I think everyone has asked themselves from time to time, no? » 3/04/15 7:50pm 3/04/15 7:50pm

One Weird Trick Female Animals Use to Control Who Gets Them Pregnant

Much like the United States Congress, the history of science is overwhelmingly white and male, and unsurprisingly, this has led to a pretty significant lag time in scientific understanding of things that relate to women. When it comes to animal sexual selection, we know a lot about how and why males compete for female… » 2/19/15 2:10pm 2/19/15 2:10pm

If You're Giving Birth in Alabama, Better Be Ready for a Long Car Ride

A report on AL.com points to the alarming fact that only 17 out of 54 counties in Alabama contain hospitals where a woman can deliver a baby. This is a sharp decrease from 1980, when 46 out of 54 counties in the state offered L&D services. » 2/11/15 7:30pm 2/11/15 7:30pm

World's Toughest Woman Delivers 14-Pound Baby Naturally 

Avery Denton was a bit of a surprise for his mother, not only because he weighed 14 very painful pounds, but also because his mother, Maxxzandra Ford didn't realize she was pregnant until her third trimester. » 2/07/15 1:30pm 2/07/15 1:30pm

I Almost Replaced My Birth Control With an App

I don't need to tell you there's no great birth control option right now. Hormonal contraceptives are like a carnival ride for your mood, IUDs are physical sperm-gates that need to be shoved up your vaginal canal, and show me someone who tells you condoms feel good and I will show you a liar. That's why the promise… » 2/03/15 4:26pm 2/03/15 4:26pm

Very Blessed New Mom Wishes She Had Been Warned More About Blessings

Unsolicited emotional forecasting is a well-known side effect of pregnancy: the unavoidable comments, questions and advice from complete strangers thirsty to tell you how your life will change for the worse. But one new mother would like you to know that the real warning for expectant women revolves around how utterly… » 1/22/15 12:10pm 1/22/15 12:10pm

Pregnant Woman Has Emotional Breakdown Over Improperly Bagged Veggies

Pregnancy: It does things to you. And sometimes those things are the literal inability to handle someone cutting and bagging veggies. Such is the case of a woman who's nine months pregnant and is just feeling so many emotions right now. All the emotions, every one of them. Can you tell? » 1/19/15 9:50am 1/19/15 9:50am

Woman Gives Birth an Hour After Learning She's Pregnant

Menstrual cramps suck—especially when they're the kind that accompany labor because you didn't know you were pregnant in the first place. » 1/10/15 1:00pm 1/10/15 1:00pm

Pregnant Brain-Dead Woman in Ireland Will Be Taken Off Life Support

A brain-dead woman in Ireland being kept alive on life support against her family's wishes because she is pregnant can be allowed to die, a three-judge court in Dublin has ruled. » 12/26/14 11:30am 12/26/14 11:30am

Kid About to Get a Baby Brother Can't Even Handle His Happiness 

This is Ethan and he's been begging for a sibling since he was two years old. And this year, he's being surprised with the news that yes, Santa is bringing him a baby brother and oh y god he is going to need a moment. He's going to need ten moments. You guys, the club can't even handle this kid right now. » 12/24/14 4:25pm 12/24/14 4:25pm

Ashlee Simpson Gets to Have Diana Ross's Grandchild

Ashlee Simpson, the originator of the "sad clown hoedown" and the younger sibling of Nick Lachey's ex-wife, is now carrying the baby of Diana Ross's baby, E! News reports. She's having Diana Ross's grandchild. » 12/18/14 6:30pm 12/18/14 6:30pm

Brain-Dead Irish Woman Being Kept On Life Support Because of Pregnancy

An Irish woman in her mid-to-late 20s is being kept alive on life support against her family's wishes because she is 16 weeks pregnant. The woman is reported to be clinically brain-dead after suffering severe head trauma and a subsequent blood clot in her brain. The case will likely end in court, with her family… » 12/18/14 9:50am 12/18/14 9:50am

How to Put Up With Your Bitchy Pregnant Baby Mama

So, your lady is pregnant, and suddenly you feel like you're in a relationship with Mussolini — or at least an unpredictable, shouty, farty, weepy, complainy hosebeast dictator. Regardless of exactly what circle of hell you're sure she has respawned from, there is an outrageously simple solution to dealing with it. » 12/14/14 5:10pm 12/14/14 5:10pm