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Enough With the 'Open Letters' to Moms

What parents need is actual, real-life help: columnist

(Newser) - They're all over the web: the open letter to a mom with two kids under 2. The open letter to a mom with a difficult child. The open letter to a mom who's exhausted and feels like a terrible parent. And though these letters are written with "... More »

What It Means When Moms Go Baby Crazy on Facebook

They might be trying to live up to societal expectations

(Newser) - Baby pictures clogging up your Facebook feed could signal a new mom on a risky search for approval, according to a study of 127 working moms from Ohio. The fact that 98% uploaded photos of their baby to Facebook wasn't surprising. What interested researchers, however, was that those who... More »

Women Deserve Maternity Leave, Baby or No

Meghann Foye is tired of working moms having all the fun

(Newser) - Fed up with working moms getting all the perks, 38-year-old magazine editor Meghann Foye writes in the New York Post that it's time for childless women to start getting theirs. "There’s something about saying 'I need to go pick up my child' as a reason to... More »

Pro Runner Inspires With Post-Pregnancy Instagram

'I can run 5:20 pace for a half marathon, but I still pee my pants'

(Newser) - Six months ago, professional runner Stephanie Rothstein Bruce gave birth to a baby boy—her second in 15 months, Self reports. Now she's rocking her stretch marks proudly as she trains with the goal of representing Team USA at the Olympics while simultaneously inspiring thousands of women on Instagram.... More »

Mom's Age Affects Child's Intelligence

London School of Economics researchers cull the data

(Newser) - Think a mother's age at childbirth plays any role in her child's intelligence? According to data on British kids, it sure does. Using information on 18,000 children gathered over "an extended period of time," researchers from the London School of Economics say kids born to... More »

My Untrendy Confession: I Love Being a Parent

But it's cooler, these days, to complain: Jennie Yabroff

(Newser) - There was a time mothers bemoaned the fact that people weren't more honest about how hard it is to raise a kid . Not anymore: Nowadays, "bad mommy" bloggers abound, and your Facebook feed is likely "a stream of reposted studies claiming that having a child is more... More »

The 5 Strangest Places Women Have Given Birth

From an airplane to a McDonald's

(Newser) - For most women, the ideal place to welcome your child into the world is a hospital surrounded by doctors or home with a midwife nearby. For others, however, their deliveries came unexpectedly in unusual settings.
  • Airplane: A 23-year-old Canadian gave birth on a flight from Calgary to Tokyo. Apparently, Ada
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Mom Left Girl, 7, in Dumpster Outside Spa Overnight: Cops

Take alcohol, add criminal charges

(Newser) - A mother has been charged with abandoning and endangering a child after police say she left her 7-year-old daughter in a dumpster overnight outside a spa in Dallas. Spa workers say they kicked Alicia Carroll out about 10pm Saturday after they discovered her group had been drinking inside. An affidavit... More »

New Mom Leaves Hospital Early, Loses Baby for a Week

Health workers thought mother was on drugs: report

(Newser) - Advocates for pregnant women are raising their voices over what they say is growing suspicion over substance abuse—suspicion that is often unfair. At , Ada Calhoun recounts the story of one California mother's nightmare: When Tiffany Langwell, 38, gave birth to a daughter, she left the hospital... More »

More US Moms Waiting Until Late 30s to Have Kids

Birth rates for those 35 and older rising sharply

(Newser) - More and more Americans are waiting to have kids until they're in their late 30s or even 40s, according to a recent Pew study and CDC figures released today. In 2012, 15% of first-time moms were over age 35, up from just 1% in 1970, the Wall Street Journal... More »

More Moms Staying Home Full-Time: Pew

Decades-old trend is reversed

(Newser) - Fifteen years ago, only 23% of moms didn't have jobs outside their homes—a modern low. If 2012's numbers are any clue, however, things are changing: The figure rose to 29%, Pew Research reports. The climbing numbers turn a three-decade trend upside down. What's changed? The AP... More »

Do Men Need More Rights on 'Forced Fatherhood'?

Two bloggers disagree on consequences of unplanned pregnancies

(Newser) - With Father's Day near comes a debate about "forced fatherhood." The phrase refers to guys who get turned into fathers against their will through unplanned pregnancies, explains Laurie Shrage in the New York Times . Men in this situation "have few choices," she writes. It's... More »

Flu During Pregnancy Hikes Risk of Bipolar Baby

But risk is pretty small regardless

(Newser) - Apparently getting sick while you're pregnant sucks in even more ways than you realized. Children are more likely to develop bipolar disorder later in life if their mothers caught the flu while pregnant, a new study published yesterday in JAMA Psychiatry suggests. The effect is fairly small, amounting to... More »

Premature Babies More Prone to Mental Illness

Meanwhile, another study says fear makes labor last longer

(Newser) - A pair of new studies today took a look at pregnancy, birth, and the brain, with one focused on the baby and the other on the mother. The breakdown:
  • The first found that babies born very prematurely—at less than 32 weeks of gestation—were twice as likely to be
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Stay-at-Home Moms Suffer More Sadness

Cite more depression, anger compared to employed mothers: Gallup poll

(Newser) - Stay-at-home moms struggle with sadness, depression, and anger more often than employed mothers do, according to a sure-to-be-controversial new Gallup poll. While 26% of stay-at-home moms reported feeling sadness much of "yesterday," that figure was just 16% among employed moms. Some 28% of stay-at-home moms said they have... More »

Time's Nursing Mom: I Expected the Uproar

Jamie Lynne Grumet says it's 'not the way we breastfeed at home'

(Newser) - The brouhaha over Time magazine's breastfeeding-mom cover came as no surprise to the cover-mom herself: I "knew what we were getting into," Jamie Lynne Grumet tells the Today show. Grumet says she understands Time's decision to run the image, which doesn't represent "the way... More »

Worst Place to Be a Mom: Niger

US inches up from 31st to 25th: Save the Children report

(Newser) - Good news for American moms: The United States is a slightly better place to be a mother than it was last year, according to Save the Children's 13th annual report on the topic. The US rose from 31st to 25th place in its look at 165 countries. For the... More »

3 Girls, Mom Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide

Bodies found at campground, handgun nearby

(Newser) - A mother and her three young daughters were found shot to death near a Missouri campground in what police believe was a triple murder-suicide. Each was killed by a single gunshot, and the weapon was found near the bodies, according to police. The four were not staying at the Bourbon... More »

Woman Has 75-Day Labor to Save Twins

Also: Joanna Krzysztonek did this lying upside down

(Newser) - It's hard to pick what to emphasize: That Joanna Krzysztonek endured labor for 75 days to save her twins or that she did so lying virtually upside down. Reuters explains: Krzysztonek was supposed to have triplets, but she went into labor in her fifth month. After one baby died,... More »

Pregnant Women in 50s Do Just Fine

In-vitro pregnancies of older women show no rise in complications

(Newser) - Women in their 50s who receive donated eggs have just as healthy pregnancies as their younger counterparts who do the same, a new study shows. In the largest analysis to date, researchers found that 101 women age 50 and older who used in-vitro fertilization had no more complications than women... More »

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