Posts tagged "pregnancy"

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

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 have to…

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 never been pregnant, but for the most part, it look…

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.
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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 Lively…

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. [Salon]

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 way out of the hospital. Although…

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…

By: Melissa Noble / September 12, 2014

Funny Girl Sex Guide: Some Reasons Your Period Might Be Late (Besides Pregnancy)

I’ve been having pregnancy scares since before I even started having sex. This is either a reflection of the quality of sex education in California during the early-‘90s or a sign that I’m just deeply paranoid. Luckily, I’ve never actually been pregnant … just further convinced that sometimes the body likes to play mind games.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 28, 2014

Panda Accused Of Faking Pregnancy For Air Conditioning, Extra Bamboo

“Punk’d,” panda edition: Ai Hin, a female bear living at the Chengdu panda preserve in China, had animal researchers thinking she was pregnant. She couldn’t pee on a stick or anything, but Ai Hin had shown a surge of hormones and had been laying about even more than usual for a panda. A pregnancy i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

This Is The Sweetest Vine You’ll Ever See

Vine artist Ian Padgham released his sweetest piece of work yet: a time-lapse of his wife Claire Pasquier’s pregnancy and the appearance of their sweet baby. Padgham filmed about two frames per month to put the project together, adding in the music at the last minute when he realized that Vine now allows song uploads.

By: Claire Hannum / August 24, 2014

Frisky Rant: The Public Faces Of The “Childfree By Choice” Movement Just Went And Got Pregnant

Almost exactly year ago, TIME magazine ran a cover story called “The Childfree Life” about the rising number of Americans who were opting not to have kids. One of those couples was Paul and Leah Clouse, who both felt that they couldn’t balance their creative interests (a bakery for her, a blog for him) and…

By: Lilit Marcus / August 15, 2014
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