There’s a special kind of annoying man who says “we’re pregnant!” by way of announcing that a fetus he intends to care for is growing in a uterus somewhere. That fetus may be inside his wife or his girlfriend. It may be inside a gestational carrier. But it most certainly is not inside him and he should really stop trying to take credit for something that is entirely taking place inside someone else’s body. This pisses off Mila Kunis, too, and she had a little something to say about it on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Childbirth is a miracle. It’s a miracle that I intend to experience (hypothetically, in the distant future, maybe) with an epidural and as many pain-numbing drugs as they’ll give me.
Some moms-to-be go the other extreme: giving birth outdoors, literally on the floor of the fuckin’ woods, sans a doctor. And because this is America, there’s a new Lifetime reality show about them called “Born In The Wild.” Keep reading »
She’s five-foot-nothin’, but Hayden Panettiere is about to pop out a very large baby, y’all. The 24-year-old “Nashville” actress is officially expecting her first child with longtime fiancé and incredibly tall human, Wladimir Klitschko. As excited as I was to hear the news about Hayden, who’s previously stated she was “born to be a mother,” my knee-jerk reaction was “OH MY GOD, this gives the ‘Nashville’ people SO many possibilities for her (soon to be “pregnant”?) character, Juliette Barnes.” Naturally, I’ve compiled a short list of ways the folks over at ABC could play out Hayden’s real-life bun in the oven. Warning: *Show spoilers* Keep reading »
In addition, to celebrating our own mothers this Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate all of the loving mothers around the world. Noodle & Boo creates products that are recyclable, nontoxic, biodegradable, natural, organic, and sensitive enough for the most delicate skin. This environmentally and socially conscious company has a variety of skin care products for mommy and baby. Looking for a product that will make a special someone feel great inside and out? The Circle of Love campaign aims to prevent the spread of HIV from mother to child in Africa, and 100 percent of the profits from the sale of the Believe Honey Bar and “Our World” T-shirt will go to mothers in need. [Noodle & Boo]
It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a “trend.” Odds are, that “trend” has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New York Times Style section covered it, did using a midwife become a trend. Nevermind the fact that midwives remain the only option for maternal health care in much of the developing world! They’re also the preferred choice in places like the UK: midwives perform 80 to 90 percent of all low-risk births in England.
Recently the “trend” of doing stuff with your placenta post-delivery seems to be resurfacing. I say resurfacing because I feel like I’m always hearing stuff about other people’s placentas and what they’re doing with them. From burying them under a tree in the front yard to dehydrating them them into capsules, eating them , or using them as art pieces. Recently, Nick Baines wrote a piece for UK Guardian in which he described in great detail the various ways he ingested his wife’s placenta after the birth of their son. Keep reading »
NPR recently reported that thirty years ago, Denmark, SC, had one of the state’s highest teen pregnancy rates. Due to comprehensive sex education starting in middle school, students in Denmark, SC now have the lowest pregnancy rates in South Carolina. For the United States as a whole, it is a tiny step; yet a step in the right direction because the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized world despite easier access to birth control and sex education. Read more on Your Tango…