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  • Heroic Polish athlete dies to save life of unborn child

    06/16/2008 2:00:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 177+ views
    CNA ^ | June 16, 2008
    Agata Mroz celebrating a win in volleyball Rome, Jun 16, 2008 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- Thousands of Poles lined up to say their final goodbyes to Agata Mroz, a young volleyball star who died on June 4 after postponing a bone marrow transplant in order to allow her daughter to be born.At the age of 17, Agata was diagnosed with leukemia. She battled the disease and ended up becoming one of the top athletes in Poland, winning the European Volleyball Championship twice with her country’s team. She joined the professional volleyball team CAV in Murcia, Spain, where she also...
  • Breast-Fed Children Smarter, Study Finds

    05/07/2008 12:11:01 AM PDT · by fishhound · 19 replies · 77+ views
    Aol/Reuters ^ | 2008-05-06 | Will Dunham,
    WASHINGTON (May 6) - A new study provides some of the best evidence to date that breast-feeding can make children smarter, an international team of researchers said on Monday. Children whose mothers breast-fed them longer and did not mix in baby formula scored higher on intelligence tests, the researchers in Canada and Belarus reported. About half the 14,000 babies were randomly assigned to a group in which prolonged and exclusive breast-feeding by the mother was encouraged at Belarussian hospitals and clinics. The mothers of the other babies received no special encouragement. Those in the breast-feeding encouragement group were, on average,...
  • When motherhood comes at an inconvenient career moment

    04/21/2008 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 36 replies · 116+ views
    AP ^ | 04/18/2008 | JOCELYN NOVECK
    NEW YORK (AP) — You didn't have to know anything about Spanish politics to be fascinated by the striking photo that came out of Spain this week: The new defense minister, 37 and seven months pregnant, reviewing her troops in a chic maternity outfit. But some women who felt a jolt of sisterly pride from across the Atlantic also felt a pang of empathy at another part of the story. In Spain, some were questioning whether Carme Chacon should be able to take her state-mandated 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, given the importance of her job. And that kind...
  • Why motherhood is the greatest job of all

    02/29/2008 9:55:09 PM PST · by Stoat · 39 replies · 545+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 29, 2008 | Allison Pearson
    Why motherhood is the greatest job of all22:13pm 29th February 2008 Motherhood is denigrated as never before. Yet here, in a tribute to Mums everywhere, the Mail's Allison Pearson says it's still the most joyous (and important) job in the world. Situation vacant: challenging managerial position in busy small organisation. Would suit flexible, energetic female who doesn't need any sleep. Shifts last 24 hours a day. Boss comes on holiday with you. You will be expected to be a teacher, a cook, a nurse, a chauffeur, a health and safety adviser, a cleaner, a management consultant and an agony aunt. Must...
  • DWP bid to hire lactation specialist draws howls

    02/14/2008 4:52:58 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 64 replies · 77+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/14/08 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power came under fire today for trying to hire a specialist who would be paid to show new and expectant mothers at the utility how to properly breastfeed their children. The plan to issue a DWP-funded "lactation services" contract drew howls from taxpayer advocate Walter Moore, who pointed out that the utility's five-member board voted just last week for a package of new rate hikes. "You couldn't make this up," he said. "This is such a rip off. You've got to wonder if somebody's cousin runs the lactation business." Lactation proposals are due...
  • It's not easy being mean (Moms take a lot of heat from kids)

    01/10/2008 9:44:04 AM PST · by Cagey · 28 replies · 890+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 1-10-208 | MICHELE MANDEL
    have often proudly claimed the title for myself. And sometimes my three teenagers have bestowed it upon me. I was crowned after I decreed that they can no longer go to house parties if the parents aren't present after one gathering turned into a vomit fest with Grade 9s chugging vodka out of water bottles. I was nominated again when I insisted they can't go out on the eve of a test. And I'm always a clear winner when I dare to insist that my oldest return our car before I head off to bed so that I can sleep...
  • Giving birth the latest job outsourced to India ("Rent-A-Womb")

    12/30/2007 1:06:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 274+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 30, 2007 | Ajit Solanki
    ANAND, India - Every night in this quiet western Indian city, 15 pregnant women prepare for sleep in the spacious house they share, ascending the stairs in a procession of ballooned bellies, to bedrooms that become a landscape of soft hills. A team of maids, cooks and doctors looks after the women, whose pregnancies would be unusual anywhere else but are common here. The young mothers of Anand, a place famous for its milk, are pregnant with the children of infertile couples from around the world. The small clinic at Kaival Hospital matches infertile couples with local women, cares for...
  • Abortion is murder, but… [It's all about me!]

    12/26/2007 6:28:25 AM PST · by Alouette · 101 replies · 513+ views
    YNet ^ | Dec. 25, 2007 | Yael Mishaeli
    For some people, ending a pregnancy is the only way to keep on living Yael Mishali Published: 12.26.07, 00:39 / Israel Opinion Abortion is a type of murder; I have no doubt about that. In this context we can debate over questions such as the duration of a pregnancy and when exactly do several cells turn into a person with a soul, but I have no interest in doing that. I accept the universal assumption that as of a certain moment, we are talking about a real person, and “aborting it” is a type of murder. And still, as a...
  • Julia has three mommies

    12/19/2007 11:00:10 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 56 replies · 171+ views ^ | January 2007 | Lisa Kogan
    The love of my life is seeing other women. It started innocently enough, a bite to eat, a stroll through the park -- the stuff I never have time for. Then came the private jokes, the pet names, the stolen kisses, the bubble baths. At first I was crushed. What did these women have that I didn't? Sure, they're gorgeous, but I happen to look very nice in navy; and, yes, they're bright, but I scored unbelievably high on the SATs ... if you don't count the half with all that math. I told myself it was just a fling,...
  • Do Polls Matter? "Ask President Dean," Says Jeri Kehn Thompson '88 (DePauw University)

    12/17/2007 4:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 698+ views
    DePauw University News ^ | December 15, 2007
    Greencastle, Ind. - "Four years ago in this cycle there was a front-runner and his name was Howard Dean," recalls Jeri Kehn Thompson, in an interview with Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader. "John Kerry was running about eighth. You can ask President Dean how things went in Iowa." Thompson, a 1988 graduate of DePauw University, is the wife of Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, who is currently running third among GOP candidates in an Iowa poll. She was in Louisville campaigning for her husband yesterday. The article notes that Jeri Thompson returned home to Washington immediately following her Kentucky stop so she...
  • Honolulu's Future Is Too Serious A Matter To Be Left To Transportation 'Experts'

    12/17/2007 11:09:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 228+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | December 16, 2007 | Daniel P. de Gracia II
    French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau is credited with the famous remark, "La guerre! C'est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaries" -- war is too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military. The idea that Clemenceau was trying to project through these words is that experts are often incapable of seeing beyond their profession and understanding the greater domains of necessity. Here in Hawaii, we are facing a transportation infrastructure crisis of the highest degree of peril. I assert to every single man, woman, and child of these Hawaiian Islands that our future is too...
  • Iranian "Mothers For Peace" Protest To Ahmadinejad

    12/09/2007 11:35:27 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies · 2,500+ views
    Iran Press Service ^ | 12/08/07 | Iran Press Service
    Iranian "Mothers For Peace" Protest To Ahmadinejad Tehran, 8 Dec. (IPS) In a move to demonstrate their, and the nation’s preoccupation from the antagonistic attitude of the Iranian Government with the international community, more than 600 Iranian women told the clerical-led authorities that they would not support the regime’s nuclear ambitions if war is the price to pay for it. United in a new organization named “Mothers For Peace”, the signatories of a petition warned the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he should stop at once all nuclear activities if it is to cost Iran a war: “We all know...
  • Flexi-hours and longer maternity leave: A trimph for feminism? Anything but!

    11/23/2007 6:15:54 AM PST · by marthemaria · 10 replies · 70+ views
    A part of a new frontier for the British welfare state, the Government wants to encourage more women to go to work while their children are looked after in council nurseries. There will be nine months' maternity leave, more flexible working hours for parents and pressure put on businesses to allow mothers to take time off if they have a child under 17 who is taking exams or is ill. These family-friendly policies were announced in the Queen's Speech this month and won approval of female MPs, many who whom cut their teeth in politics during the feminist heyday of...
  • Mother-To-Be Flees As Social Workers Warn Her They Will Take Her Baby Away At Birth

    11/20/2007 7:17:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 82 replies · 119+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 20th November 2007 | PAUL SIMS
    Mother-to-be flees as social workers warn her they will take her baby away at birth By PAUL SIMS 20th November 2007 A mother-to-be has fled her home after social workers threatened to take her baby within minutes of the birth. Fran Lyon, 22, hopes a new local authority will take a different approach. She insists that the mental health problems she had as a teenager - she started self-harming at 15 and has been treated at psychiatric hospitals for borderline personality disorder - are now behind her and there is no evidence she will harm her child. Miss Lyon moved...
  • Knocking Yourself Up, The ongoing debate over going it alone

    11/02/2007 11:08:40 AM PDT · by varyouga · 32 replies · 105+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 11-5-07 issue | Lorraine Ali
    Some women laugh about turkey basters replacing Mr. Right. The ongoing debate over going it alone. "Sex And The City's" Carrie Bradshaw once asked, "What if Prince Charming had never shown up? Would Snow White have slept in that glass coffin forever? Or would she have eventually woken up, spit out the apple, gotten a job, a health-care package and a baby from her local neighborhood sperm bank?" Though it's hard to say how Disney would have grappled with a no-show prince, if Ms. White were to awaken alone today, it's possible she'd take the advice of Louise Sloan, author...
  • The Stupidity of Sally Field’s No Wars If Moms Ruled the World Claim

    09/17/2007 11:33:53 AM PDT · by teddyballgame · 152 replies · 434+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 9/17/07 | Noel Sheppard
    Sure, it was just an acceptance speech at some silly awards ceremony. However, when Hollywoodans say ridiculous things on television that media applaud along with the Hollywoodans in attendance, someone's got to point out the inanity. As such, when Sally Field said at Sunday's Emmy awards ceremony as reported by the MRC's Tim Graham, "And, let's face it, if the mothers ruled the war, there would be no (expletive) wars in the first place," I can't sit idly by without contesting such nonsense. After all, it appears Field has never heard of some famous female leaders who brought their nation's...
  • 'Mommy Gene' Will Make More Kids, Doc Says

    09/22/2007 10:23:35 AM PDT · by Abathar · 31 replies · 396+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | September 21, 2007
    A researcher is trying to figure out if more women are deciding not to have children because of changes in economics and birth control, or if genetic changes are affecting choices and goals. Lonnie Aarsen of Queen's University in Canada said the trend of childlessness in developed countries will ease because of biological evolution, despite the fact that women with more financial freedom may decide to pursue leisure and other personal goals, not parenthood. She said this is because the women who leave the most descendants will be those with an intrinsic drive for motherhood. Over time, she suggests, those...
  • Sally Field Does Not Speak for Me, Motherhood requires ferocity.

    09/19/2007 9:19:24 AM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 31 replies · 946+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Sept 19, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Hollywood can afford to indulge Sally Field’s inarticulate naivete. America cannot. And the very moms that Sally Field claims to speak for know it. This weekend, I met dozens of military mothers in Washington, D.C., who fervently oppose the Sally Field/Cindy Sheehan model of maternal submission and immediate surrender. They were among several thousand grassroots activists who turned out for the “Gathering of Eagles” counterdemonstration on the National Mall. Deborah Johns, mother of William, a Marine who has served three tours of duty in Iraq, condemned the Left’s demonization of Gen. David Petraeus and urged Congress to oppose a precipitous...
  • Michael Reagan: Tough Love ("My mother made me the man I am today")

    09/14/2007 9:40:47 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 1,066+ views
    Townhall ^ | Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Michael Reagan
    We buried my mother, Jane Wyman, today and as I stood at her grave the words of Abraham Lincoln came back to me: "All I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother." Everybody talks about my dad Ronald Reagan, and what he did for America, and many people think that because he set such a great example for his fellow citizens in so many ways, he was also responsible for making me who I am today. While that may be true in some ways, if anybody really wants to know who and what I am,...
  • Dogs in prams

    09/09/2007 10:08:43 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 14 replies · 847+ views | 5 September 2007 | Carolyn Moynihan
    Carolyn Moynihan | Wednesday, 5 September 2007 Dogs in prams Childless Japanese women push the country's culture of cute too far. It is not unknown for little girls to try and dress the family cat or puppy in baby clothes and wheel it about in a pram. Mostly they don't succeed but the instinct is understandable enough. A live pet is much more interesting than an inanimate doll, having the warmth, cuddliness and cuteness of a real baby, and it makes playing mothers so much more fun. It seems perfectly natural and predictable behaviour. An adult woman trying the...