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The science of treating depression during pregnancy

When I was pregnant with twins more than five years ago, I began compiling a list of my worst fears. The list included 19 items, from pesticides to roaches to blood clots to a parasitic infection that terrified me so much that I referred to it as “the disease whose name I refuse to say.” Then there …

The most important lesson I learned about motherhood? Be more selfish

When I was (much, much) younger, I thought the word “egalitarian” literally had something to do with eagles. Now, as a grown woman with young children of my own, I’m still sort of convinced this is true: Egalitarianism is a beautiful, but rare, breed.<p>I’ve long prided myself on advocating for equal …

Parenting

New baby, crying, no sleep … retreat to France!

A postnatal wellbeing week – with baby – proved a great way for Stuart Heritage and his wife to recuperate from the chaos of becoming new parents<p>Parenting really did a number on us. Before our baby came along, my wife and I were a pair of relatively healthy, relatively normal-shaped human beings. …

10 Things a Postpartum Mom (Actually) Wants

Do you know a friend/coworker/relative/deserving stranger who is about to have/just had a baby? Do you want to help?<p>I gave birth to a bouncing baby girl nearly three months ago. She is my second child, with a six-year gap between the two. It's safe to say I am removed from newborn life. I have been …

Motherhood

Blood, sweat and tears: Poignant pictures capture women during childbirth and the first joyous moments of bonding with their newborn babies

There are few life experiences glossed over more than childbirth. It is something branded beautiful and life-affirming for parents, but at the same …

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took …

Tips and resources for survivors of sexual trauma who are pregnant and their providers

By Britni de la Cretaz<p><b>Issues That May Arise During Pregnancy For People With A History of Sexual Trauma</b><p>Fear of losing control of their body, either because of normal pregnancy changes or during labor and delivery itself<br>• Need to ask a lot of questions or have a very detailed birth plan<br>• Using …

What it's like to have fertility problems in your 20s

Growing up, I never had a second thought about how or when I’d conceive, I just knew I wanted children someday. In my teens, I had irregular, painful …

Pregnancy

Every Woman Should Know These Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

Gaining weight during pregnancy is actually healthy but you cannot achieve a healthy pregnancy by eating for two. Eating healthy is of vital …

Dads want to change their babies' diapers. It's time society listens.

Do you know what's worse than babies with blowout diapers? Not having a safe place to change them.<p>The lack of changing stations is a struggle for …

5 things people get wrong about stay-at-home dads

I’m one of those guys you hear about breaking the mold on what it means to be a man today: a stay-at-home dad. I’ve been at it for five years, ever …

Parenting

43 Photos That Prove Dads Are Parents, Not Babysitters

Fatherhood comes with all the same chaos, exhaustion and love.<p>Though studies have shown that dads are more involved in their kids' lives than ever, many people still use the word "babysitting" when referring to fathers taking care of their children.<p>As HuffPost blogger Jenny Witte wrote, "Calling a …

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11 things no one admits about being a dad

Three and a half years in as a father – and with another baby imminent – I’ve been become prone to (often painfully honest) reflection on the realities of parenting.<p>Because it’s not all sweetness, light, and moments to treasure forever. Not for us dads, anyway, many of whom are still the immature, …

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The Most Underappreciated Parenting Milestones

Can I get an AMEN for these big moments that will change your life as a parent...<p>I know, I know, sitting up, walking, talking, blah blah blah. The usual milestones are all great, but what about those special unsung milestones that we don't document? Can I get an AMEN for these big moments that will …

Vitamin B8 could prevent spina bifida, study finds

<b>A study has suggested that an everyday vitamin could help prevent one of the UK's most common birth defects.</b><p>Researchers have found that conditions such as spina bifida could be prevented if pregnant women take vitamin B8.<p>They are currently advised to take folic acid to prevent neural tube defects, …

The Emotions of Motherhood

Forget night feeds, tantrums and potty training - my number one parenting struggle is trying to navigate the constantly conflicting emotions that any …

Motherhood: Will I ever know best again? - Standard Issue

Motherhood hasn’t come naturally to <i>Daisy Leverington</i>. Four years in and she remains wide-eyed, terrified and in awe of the little person she’s …

A Love Note to Myself on a Random Day of Motherhood

<b>Six things I want to tell myself:</b><p>I sat down to write a list of things that I'd tell pre-mom me, but I stopped after four items.<p>I realized that pre-mom me had been on the right track, and that my ignorance of some things -- like not appreciating those times when I could sit on the couch and read a …

Parenting

New Video Series Puts Unfiltered Side Of Motherhood On Display

"We laugh a lot. Do we eat dinner at the exact same time every night? No."<p>A new series from Scary Mommy features moms talking about the best and worst parts of motherhood -- hilarity, rants and all. For comedian Judy Gold, the emphasis is on the comedy.<p>A Web series called "Motherf*&@!ng Motherhood" …

Motherhood

What Motherhood Continues To Teach Me

As I read a story to my youngest that I read to my oldest, I glanced over and saw her freshly washed, still drying, soft hair and had déjà vu.<p>She has the same hair as her sister did 16 years ago. That makes me want to savor the "hold me" moments she has often. In her world, she's on the cusp of …

Parenting

New Parent Survival Guide

Let us guess: You've just made it home from the hospital, are totally exhausted, and starting to get a little overwhelmed by all this new mom stuff. …

Raw Photos Capture The First Moments Of Motherhood

Award-winning photographer and mother of four Leilani Rogers is one of the few photographers to specialise in capturing the magical moment of birth. Warning: graphic content.<p><b>Working as a birth photographer is one of the most rewarding jobs you could have. Leilani Rogers was hooked after</b> …

Pregnancy

New motherhood is so lonely - Today's Parent

Photo: iStockphoto<p>I don’t know why I’m writing this—I probably shouldn’t be, and I feel miserable for even feeling this way. I’m not even putting my …

Woman's Letter Defending Her Right to Be a Working Mom Goes Viral

A mom who works as a radio personality in Ireland couldn't believe one man's tweet.<p>"I blocked him straight away," Susan Keogh told ABC News of the …

Essays for Motherhood

<b>Chapter One</b><p>I Can No Longer See My Vagina (And Other Concerns): A Pregnancy Story<p><b>Chapter Two</b><p>Dressing Your Bumps: A Buyer's Guide To Clothing A Large Mammal With Dignity<p><b>Chapter Three</b><p><i>I'd Like To Be Naked, Wearing A Wide-Brimmed Hat, Listening To Sufjan, And Immersed In Water</i>: Finding A Birth Plan That …

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My mother and grandmother are proof that talking openly about sex is a smart parenting tactic

By Alanna Schubach<p>When my grandmother died last summer at 97, my family asked me to write the eulogy. The only challenge was which stories to highlight from her long life: her stint during World War II as a Navy Wave, driving ambulances and delivering ship plans? The time she chased down a …

Parenting

The Mamafesto: 10 Twitter accounts that could change the world for new moms

With the United States having the most expensive maternity care costs among industrialized nations (while our rates of maternal and fetal deaths …

7 tips on how to ask for help with your new baby

Photo: istockphotoYou’ve stocked the nursery, filled your freezer with casseroles and programmed the breastfeeding clinic’s number into your phone. …

13 Messages Nurses And Midwives Have For The Government About Bursary Cuts

"Some cuts never heal".<p>The government said this will create up to 10,000 more training places, as well as bringing "nursing students into line with the arrangements for students undertaking other university degrees".<p>But many believe the changes will mean that student nurses will effectively pay to …

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