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

'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

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

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

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