Avital Norman Nathman

Mommie Dearest: Doulas Should Be A Birth Option For Everyone, Not A Status Symbol

The New York Times, once again, is on it. Much like their report on midwives as a status symbol that appeared in their style section a couple of years ago, they've again turned their focus on the birth world. And this time, in a piece from last week, they're zeroing in on doulas.
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 21, 2015

Mommie Dearest: I’m A Parent With Postpartum Anxiety

When it started, I thought it was just a stomach thing. I had probably unwittingly eaten some dairy, my usual digestive foe. But the mild nausea showed no signs of letting up. Two weeks, then three. I couldn't ignore it anymore. It had gone from a minor inconvenience to an omnipresent feeling, lurking deep dow…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 6, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Similac Takes On The Mommy Wars

Have you seen the new Similac Formula ad? You must have, it's everywhere. All up in my Facebook and Twitter feeds, with everyone posting it along with a "Hell, yeah!" or some other affirming shout out. The video takes on the "Mommy Wars," pitting all the different stereotypical parenting ideologies against each other. We've got…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 28, 2015

Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

My Facebook feed is exploding with new babies. Adorable, squishy, big-eyed baby pictures are popping up all over the place, and most of them belong to first time parents. One of the great things about social media is that I have easy access to an array of newborn cuteness, from friends across the globe. At…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 20, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Pope Francis Gives Breastfeeding In Public His Holy Endorsement

Breastfeeding in public just got a major, holy, endorsement. Pope Francis recently told mothers that they could breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. While presiding over the baptism of 33 babies, the leader of the Catholic church said, “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 13, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Parenting Is A Fear-Based Industry

In the latest issue of Porter magazine, actress Emily Blunt discusses motherhood -- she and her husband, John Krasinski, are the parents of 10-month-old Hazel -- stating that raising children “...is such a fear-based industry.” She goes on to clarify that “there used to be one book that everyone read, now there’s How to…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 4, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Mom Issues That Deserve Media Coverage In 2015

The media loves a good "mom story." Flip through the TV or hop on a news website and there will invariably be some sort of story with a mom at the center. Whether it's celeb-based or breaking news, moms make good media. Why? Because everyone can connect to them -- whether they are one or…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 2, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women In The U.S. Deserve Access To Midwives

Earlier this month, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a U.K. organization that provides national health care advice and guidance, released a report on the care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. The report stated that low-risk women would actually be safer delivering with a midwife -- either at…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 19, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Sister Wife-ing It Up

I used to watch TLC's "Sister Wives" -- a reality show about a Mormon household with one husband, four wives, and a combined 17 children =- with a mix of shame, incredulity, and, dare I say it, jealousy. While I couldn't imagine sharing my husband like that, there was something appealing about the way…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 12, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Why Are Kids’ Toys So Crappy?

One of the coolest parts of childhood is definitely all the toys. But as a parent today -- especially a feminist one -- toys can be one of the more frustrating aspects of raising a child. Marketing and branding has increased tenfold, and even kids who don't regularly watch TV are aware of all the…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 5, 2014

Mommie Dearest: No, Feminism Is Not About Stripping Boys Of Their Masculinity

Recently, Tara Kennedy-Kline, a mother of two boys, took to the internet to proudly declare that she cannot (and will not) support feminism. If the title of the piece didn't send up a bevy of red flags, the fact that it appeared on Thought Catalog should have clued me in to the fact…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 24, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Seriously, Stop Policing Mothers’ Bodies

Kim Kardashian recently posed naked for Paper magazine, and despite the prediction, she did not actually break the internet. Instead, she got a whole lot of people talking. While many people are naturally talking…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 18, 2014

Are Women The New Face Of Marijuana Use?

What comes to mind when you picture someone who uses marijuana? For many it's the stereotypical image of a lazy, spacey, and possibly dirty stoner who listens to The Grateful Dead, prefers hemp as their jewelry of choice, and is always good for a laugh or two. Recently, however, mainstream publications like Vogue, Elle and…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 15, 2014

Mommie Dearest: The “Mommy” Problem

"Mommy!" Coming from anyone other than your child it can certainly sound sickeningly saccharine, diminutive, and even mocking. But at the moment, all things Mommy reign supreme. This past weekend, Heather Havrilesky (who writes the awesome advice column Dear Polly, BTW) addressed this dichotomy for the New York Times Sunday Review in her piece,…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 11, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Lena Dunham & Teaching Children About Boundaries And Consent

This post isn't about Lena Dunham… really. So many others, including The Frisky's own Amelia, have written about Dunham, her book, and the passages about her sister that have led to claims of molestation. But, I'm writing this because of the conversation that's currently being had about Lena Dunham, so we can't not talk…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 4, 2014

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & “Boys Will Be Boys”

Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one,…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 27, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Moms & The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana For Sick Children

In their new documentary, "Weed The People," filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein profile the story of Sophie Ryan, who at seven months, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. After much research and investigation, Sophie's parents turned to medicinal cannabis oil, and the results were almost unbelieveable -- the treatment was shrinking Sophie'…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 24, 2014

Laverne Cox’s Documentary Special “The T-Word” Is Groundbreaking, Must-Watch TV

"When a baby is born, one of the first question asked when is it a boy, or is it a girl? But what if it's not that simple?" The question, posed by actress and advocate Laverne Cox, sets the stage for the hour-long documentary, " Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word." Cox, an executive producer…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 17, 2014

Mommie Dearest: From Helicopters To Lawnmowers, With Free-Range In Between, What Kind Of Parent Will You Be?

Parenting can be overwhelming. Not the actual act of being a parent -- although that certainly has its challenges -- but the whole world of parenting philosophies. It seems like every other week we're bombarded with a new way to parent, each one promising even more chances of insuring your offspring's success. For a new…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 14, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Some Thoughts For Blake Lively On “Preserving” Her Pregnancy

If you haven't heard already, let me be the one to fill you in: Blake Lively is pregnant! Lively, an actress and Martha Stewart wannabe (without the jail time, one hopes), announced her pregnancy via her lifestyle website Preserve. I'm actually fairly surprised that no media outlet hasn't jumped all over writing "Will Blake…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 10, 2014

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