Body Image, Meet Baby

About four years ago, after half a lifetime of irregular cycles, a new gynecologist identified the shadowy barnacles invading the ultrasound screen. “They’re cysts. It’s going to be very difficult for you to have children without intervention,” she said casually as I buttoned my jeans, “but we’ll cross that bridge… » 6/26/15 8:10pm 6/26/15 8:10pm

There Is Still Only a 50 Percent Chance Kim and Kanye Will Have a Boy

Now that Kim and Kanye have confirmed that they’re pregnant—well, she’s pregnant, but if anyone’s going to use the “we” it’s Kanye, am I right?—sources have been coming out in droves to let media outlets know the sex of the Wests’ upcoming collaboration before it drops. Allegedly, the new baby is a boy. » 6/10/15 1:20pm 6/10/15 1:20pm

Anti-Abortion Groups Super Confused that NARAL President is Pregnant

Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, chose to make a pretty stupendous birth announcement today, via a big story in the Washington Post. Hogue, 45, is pregnant with twins, due to give birth in July, and just really, really freaking out anti-abortion activists who don’t get how such a thing might… » 6/08/15 8:05pm 6/08/15 8:05pm

An Afternoon Visit to a Chinese Maternity Hotel

After driving 30 minutes east of downtown LA, I reached the apartment complex in Rowland Heights, California, that was rumored to contain a so-called Chinese “maternity hotel”: a place of questionable legality, where wealthy women seeking American citizenship for their children and a way around the one-child rule come… » 6/08/15 12:10pm 6/08/15 12:10pm

Poll: How Many Fertilized Eggs Are Inside Kim Kardashian Right Now?

On Sunday Kim Kardashian revealed her pregnancy in the promo for next week’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians. But that’s not the end of the story! Rumors are currently circulating that Kardashian has not one, but two buns in the oven, and that she withheld the news out of respect for Caitlyn Jenner and her big… » 6/03/15 10:10am 6/03/15 10:10am

Nonprofit With 'No Pregnancy in the Workplace' Policy Loses Lawsuit 

Resource technician Shamira Johnson filed a lawsuit against her Houston-based employer United Bible Fellowship Ministries, Inc., a care facility for disabled people, after they fired her for becoming pregnant. According to the EEOC complaint, the nonprofit maintained a “no pregnancy in the workplace” policy that meant… » 5/30/15 2:15pm 5/30/15 2:15pm

Elon Musk Denies Scolding Employee for Missing Work for Birth of Child

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is disputing two particularly bizarre quotes in the new biography of him written by business journalist Ashlee Vance: that he once referred to himself as a “samurai,” and that he chided an employee for missing work due to the birth of his child. Musk called the childbirth quote “total BS” on… » 5/12/15 12:10pm 5/12/15 12:10pm

A Third of American Women Don't Allow For Enough Time Between Births

The average American mother spaces the birth of her children two and a half years apart. But one-third of women don’t allow enough space between children. A study released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 30 percent of mothers become pregnant again within 18 months.
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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 3/30/15 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 3/30/15 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