Posts tagged "pregnancy"

Placentae & Umbilical Cords: Eat, Donate, Bury, Or Burn Them, Just Don’t Throw Them Away

“So what did you do with your placenta and umbilical cord after you gave birth?” I’m coming onto the blossoming revelation that this is a conversation that a lot of women have, these days.

It’s true enough that there are a variety of cultures around the world that have had specific customs pertaining…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 11, 2015

Mommie Dearest: TLC’s “Labor Games” Pushes Reality TV Too Far

May the odds of tearing your perineum be ever in your favor! …

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 6, 2015

The Soapbox: On Nick Loeb & His Whiny Demand For Ex Sofia Vergara’s Frozen Embryos

Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé is determined to get the last word on the whole frozen embryo fiasco. To recap: Back when actress Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb were engaged, they had embryos created out of her eggs and his sperm. Two viable embryos were then frozen for possible future use. When they split, Vergara wanted nothing…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 30, 2015

Congress Votes To Allow DC Employers To Fire Women For Using IVF, Getting Pregnant

Hey! Guess what, residents of D.C.! Congress did something pretty exciting for you. You may soon be able to fire a woman for having in vitro fertilization, just like you always dreamed. You can also fire her for getting pregnant out of wedlock! Women who have IVF, or choose to have a child without being married,…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 23, 2015

Nashville Is Using Sterilization As A Bargaining Tool In Plea Deals For The Most Vulnerable

Nashville prosecutors are returning to the dark ages when it was common to use sterilization as a bargaining tool for plea deals for society’s most vulnerable: minorities, the poor and the mentally ill. The most recent case in Nashville is one of four that has occurred over the last five years, and involves a mentally…

By: Katrin Higher / March 30, 2015

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Pregnant Women In UPS Case

Peggy Young wins in court, Rebecca Martinson’s “cunt punt” email inspires performance art and Gloria Steinem gives Black women their due, in Today’s Lady News…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 25, 2015

The Marines Are Testing Female Soldiers For Front Lines

Women in combat, frats being fratty(terrible) and so much more. …

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 20, 2015

Amnesty International: Iranian Women Are Being Made Into “Baby-Making Machines”

An Iranian bill restricting the availability of contraception and abortions in order to boost the country’s population is effectively going to turn Iranian women into “baby-making machines.”…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 11, 2015

Brazilian President Rousseff Has Signed A New Femicide Law

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed a femicide bill into law, which increases the penalties for the murder of women relating to domestic violence.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

Mike Brown’s Family Will File A Civil Suit Against The City Of Ferguson

Ferguson shooting victim Mike Brown’s family will be filing a civil suit against the City of Ferguson and Officer Darren Wilson.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 5, 2015

With So Many Trans Women Murdered In 2015, How Are We Not Outraged?

At least six trans* women have been murdered this year. Why are we not outraged? [The Daily Beast]
Turkish men are protesting in skirts for women’s rights, in memory of rape and murder victim Ozgecan Aslan. [CNN]
British Labour Party MP Rachel Reeves is dismissing claims that her pregnancy will keep her…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 23, 2015

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

Hillary Clinton Is Having Brainstorming Sessions With Elizabeth Warren

Hillary Clinton met with Elizabeth Warren to brainstorm policy in December. [New York Times]
A new strain of HIV has been identified in Cuba. [MSN]
Women scientists in Nigeria are killing it. [NPR]
Sexual harassment at work has only become more complicated with the advent of social media. [Cosmopolitan]
Science…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 17, 2015

Frisky Reads: After Birth By Elisa Albert

To get this out of the way from the get-go, Elisa Albert’s After Birth is going to offend a lot of sensitive people, some for the following reasons:

Some mothers won’t like the fact that the novel takes place in the depths of post-partum depression and will claim that they got…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 22, 2015

This Photo Booth Pregnancy Announcement Is Giving Me So Many Feels

I’m clearly a sucker for emotional photo booth moments, because I can’t even watch 10 seconds of this video without tearing up. From their very first date, Jessica Devins and her husband have been fans of photo booths. When the couple ducked into one in a Minneapolis pizzeria, she orchestrated the perfect surprise to share with…

By: Claire Hannum / January 9, 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 a…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 19, 2014

Pregnant Woman Fired Over Frequent Bathroom Breaks

When Dawn Steckmann, an employee at a cellphone chip manufacturer in Beaverton, Ore., told her supervisor she was pregnant in 2011, she says he told her not to worry about clocking out during her more-frequent bathroom breaks. But when she became pregnant again in 2013, a bladder issue that arose during her first pregnancy had…

By: Newser / December 5, 2014

A Supreme Court Case Could Protect Pregnant Workers

The Supreme Court is going to hear a case that could result in greater job protections for pregnant women who need leave but don’t have maternity benefits. [NY Times]
The Chicago City Council has voted to raise the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour by 2018. [Salon]
Fast Company…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 2, 2014
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