Posts tagged "pregnancy"

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 from…
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 say…
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 through birth just fine,…
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…
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…
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 ha…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 2, 2014

5 Interesting Facts I Learned From The Times‘ Graphs On Birth Control Effectiveness

The New York Times compiled data about birth control effectiveness for 15 different methods, over time, with perfect use and with typical use, and sorted them into handy-dandy interactive graphs. Birth control is sort of nightmarish for me because the least effective methods are non-invasive and non-hormonal, but those are the methods I…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 19, 2014

America Is Basically Criminalizing The Fact Of Being Female (And Pregnant) With Personhood Laws

America is, in effect, criminalizing the very fact of having a female reproductive system. [NY Times] Bangladesh had its first trans* pride march. [Raw Story] Comedian Tig Notaro performed a comedy set topless after a double mastectomy. [Bitch]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 10, 2014

Kourtney Kardashian’s Most Glowing Maternity Looks

As much as I detest the narcissistic mega-empire that the Kardashian sisters stand for, I can't help but admire their style. While Kim's high fashion look is objectively the most chic, I love Kourtney's feminine and bubbly sartorial tastes -- especially her maternity style. I've…
By: Claire Hannum / October 28, 2014

5 Technological Breakthroughs That Will Change The Way Men & Women Interact

Many of society's roles and traditions that govern the male/female relationship have their roots in a single biological imperative: to procreate. We long understood that in order to keep our species from going extinct, certain rules and guidelines must be put in place to help men and women get along and keep it together long…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 21, 2014

Tech Companies Want To Help Female Employees Freeze Their Eggs, But What We Really Need Is Better Paternity Leave

Apple and Facebook are going to start helping female employees cover the cost of freezing their eggs -- some employees, anyway; Apple’s benefits vary depending on your position -- so that those women don’t have to choose between having a family and working through some of the prime years of their careers. This i…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / 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

New Hampshire Candidate Scott Brown Thinks No One Cares About Birth Control

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown thinks that no one cares about birth control or equal pay, of course. [Huffington Post] Tennessee has a new law that treats narcotics addiction during pregnancy as child assault, which is keeping women from getting effective treatment for narcotics addiction.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 1, 2014

Creative Ways To Announce A Pregnancy In Any Profession

Facebook is overrun with pictures of baby bumps or "side belly cleavage," as I like to call it, originating with women announcing their journey from TTC (trying to conceive) to TWW (two-week window after ovulation) to Chosen Ones With Tiny John McCains in Their Bellies. As friends, we’re overjoyed when we see these in our…
By: Janet Manley / October 1, 2014

Pregnant Woman Runs Down Thief, Gives Birth, Is Toughest Broad in Michigan

A woman in Flint, Michigan demonstrated that having a baby in the womb makes you superhuman: After getting her purse snatched in a Kroger parking lot, the woman, who was nine months pregnant, ran down the thief, who proceeded to push her over (BASTARD!).  I say was pregnant because later that day she gave birth…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 17, 2014

The Soapbox: We Need To Talk About Criminalizing Pregnancy

A new Tennessee law makes it legal to charge a woman with child abuse and assault if she takes illegal narcotic substances while pregnant. The first woman who was arrested under this new law was a 26-year old woman whose baby girl tested positive for methamphetamines after being born. The woman was reportedly arrested on her…
By: Deborah Jiang-Stein / September 17, 2014

True Story: I’m Freezing My Eggs

"If you want to have kids you'd better do it while you’re young. The women in our family go through menopause early — 38 to be exact. Your grandmother? 39." My mother said that to me every few weeks from the moment I started menstruating until I hit 30. But at 25, I was more…
By: Melissa Noble / September 12, 2014
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