Tag Archives: Motherhood

A Doula’s Worth Calculated: $58 Million

New research out of the University of Minnesota finally puts a price tag on support, empathy, compassion, and preparation—the key characteristics of doula support during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Associate professor in the School of Public Health and author of the study, Katy Kozhimannil, confirmed what anecdotal history and other studies have already […]

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“Count Your Eggs”: State interference in Danish women’s reproduction

Fertility rate and population growth are issues that have gained a lot of attention in the Danish media recently and various attempts were made to convince Danish women to have more children at an earlier age. I decided to take a closer look at three concurrent Danish campaigns that have put women’s reproduction on the […]

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Parenthood is NOT a Vacation

“Oh, and one last thing -don’t drink the water here, you will get pregnant.” That was one of the last sentences my on-the-job trainer spoke (albeit jokingly) during a quick briefing on my first day of work as a hostess in my current location. She wasn’t entirely wrong; pregnancies seem to come in waves in our […]

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Doulas Save the World One Birth at a Time

Imagine you’re in the most vulnerable, intense, emotional, and possibly painful moment in your life. How do you cope? Some turn to drugs, some turn to doctors, but some turn to a doula (pronounced Doo-La). Childbirth is often that moment of physical and mental truth for women. In the twentieth century natural childbirth declined in […]

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Priceless

Priceless. Seen in his smile. Seen on his hands. When my 21 year-old son contacted me from halfway around the world to ask for funds to cover the photographs for his tandem sky-dive, my mind went in three directions.  My first thought – doesn’t he know he’s not supposed to tell his mother until after […]

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Honoring Change Agent Mothers

When I opened an email from my friend Patrick with two photos of his adoptive daughter Norma attached, I caught my breath. The first was a photo of her at three months old in a Shanghai hospital awaiting surgery to remove a spina bifida induced sac on the back of her neck a third the […]

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An Economist’s Formula for Shrinking the Gender Pay Gap

The workplace just isn’t a very equal place. Women still don’t earn as much as men, even when they possess the same degrees.  Women’s progress has actually stalled since the 1990’s as Harvard economist Claudia Goldin points out. But Goldin has some solutions for shrinking the wage gap. Her recent research suggests that flexibility and […]

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I Wish My Mother Had Aborted Me

This piece is originally published on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. Lynn Beisner explains the difference between the two phrases “The best choice for both my mother and I would have been abortion” and “I wish I had never been born.” If there is one thing that anti-choice activists do that makes me see red, […]

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The Moment I Became A Feminist

Being a feminist mother means doing the hard shit. Lynn Beisner shares the harrowing incident that made her willing to do whatever it takes. Trigger warning: Article includes descriptive scenes of an injured animal. If you’re an animal lover like us, just be prepared. I became a feminist because God did not keep his end […]

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Waiting for Superwoman: Is Work/Life Balance a Myth?

The Atlantic has done it again – ignited a controversy with an article about women and the workplace.  Anne-Marie Slaughter’s piece “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” is giving Hanna Rosin’s “The End of Men” a run for its is-feminism-bad-or-good-for-women-in-the-workplace money. There has been a lot of conversation lately about women in the workplace, […]

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