Why I Had My Babies With a Midwife Instead of a Doctor

“Are you having an ultrasound?” the midwife asked, at my first appointment. I thought there had been a miscommunication: nobody had told me whether I would have one. “Well, it’s up to you,” she said. She could explain the pros and cons, but the decision was mine. Welcome to the midwifery model of care. »11/20/15 10:39am11/20/15 10:39am


New Startup Asks Women to Review Companies' Maternity Leave Policies

Many companies’ maternity leave policies are profoundly insufficient —but women often struggle to access this information before accepting a job offer. Fairygodboss, a new startup where women review their places of employment, offers a database that should provide future parents with the transparency denied to so many… »11/05/15 7:00pm11/05/15 7:00pm

A Day in the Life of a Teen Mom in Feminist Utopia

The excerpt below comes from The Feminist Utopia Project, an anthology of essays and art that imagines what a feminist world could look like, featuring contributions by Melissa Harris-Perry and Sheila Heti. Writer Gloria Malone lays out a fictional schedule for a young parent, with a simplicity that makes a radically… »10/26/15 1:30pm10/26/15 1:30pm

Chrissy Teigen Shares Pregnancy Photo, Internet Lectures Her About Her Body 

Chrissy Teigen shared a perfectly mundane photo of her “baby bump.” Though “baby bump” is a phrase that I deeply despise, it’s really the best way to describe the genre of photo Teigen shared—the mirror-reflected selfie meant to document the shifting contours of a pregnant woman’s body. It’s the kind of photograph… »10/18/15 2:00pm10/18/15 2:00pm

Former Teen Mom Bristol Palin Is Very Upset That Washington Teens Can Get IUDs

Bristol Palin, scion of Sarah Palin, seven months pregnant in an “I got ahead of myself” situation, is mad about birth control. Specifically, she is mad about Washington teenagers having access to low-cost, long-acting, reversible birth control like IUDs. OK, Bristol. Let’s do this. You really want to do this?
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Senate Blocks 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill, But Republican Political Theater Continues Apace

The Senate has voted down a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks. This is good news. It’s also part of an elaborate build-up of infuriating political theater that will result in Congressional Republicans throwing a tantrum next week and shutting the government down over abortion. »9/22/15 3:35pm9/22/15 3:35pm

This Fetal Monitoring System Is The Best Thing Apple Has Ever Done for Women

Of the many new experiences you might have during a high-risk pregnancy, one of the least fun is a fetal monitoring test called a Non-Stress Test, or NST. It really should be called a High-Stress Test because of the anguish it puts parents through. Apple just made it a little bit better. »9/09/15 4:09pm9/09/15 4:09pm

Watch This 5-Year-Old British Lad Learn He's 'Going to Be a New Big Bruvva!'

How do you keep your pregnancy reveal video from being cloying and obnoxious? Hire this little boy to act as your shocked and thrilled son. Or at least hire someone (preferably a child) who can deliver a line like “Are you really having a bay-bay? Is it in your belly now?” with a similarly adorable inflection. »8/27/15 4:50pm8/27/15 4:50pm