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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...
  • Children? The only things my nannies care for are money and holidays

    08/24/2007 12:15:06 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 36 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 23, 2007 | TANITH CAREY
    A text message from a virtual stranger saying 'I want to have sex with you tonight' might, on occasion, be considered a compliment. When it comes from the nanny you just hired to look after your eight-month-old baby, it's bad news. Being a nervous first-time mother, I had done my homework to find Carole. I had interviewed her twice at length and spoken to her previous employer. As much as it upset me to leave my baby to go back to work, we needed the money - but at least I thought I had done everything to make sure Lily...
  • Polish Women Resent EU-Pushed Gov't Program Discouraging Stay-at-Home Moms

    08/11/2007 9:02:06 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 370+ views ^ | August 9, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Polish Women Resent EU-Pushed Gov't Program Discouraging Stay-at-Home Moms By Elizabeth O'Brien WARSAW, August 9, 2007 ( - Polish women are expressing their indignation at a new EU-funded government campaign that discriminates against stay-at-home moms by pressuring women to be self-sufficient wage earners outside the home, Polish Radio (PR) reports.Financed by the EU Structural Funds, the Polish government is launching a massive campaign to encourage women to work outside the home. Beginning in September, the "Woman Fulfilled in Business" campaign will launch TV ads, documentaries, billboards and a website. One of the posters to be put up around cities compares...
  • 62-year-old Redding woman gives birth to 12th child

    02/18/2006 12:20:36 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 103 replies · 2,466+ views
    SignOnSanDiego (Union Trubune online) ^ | February 17, 2006 | Staff/Assoicated Press
    REDDING – A 62-year-old woman gave birth Friday to a healthy 6-pound, 9-ounce baby boy, becoming one of the oldest women in the world to successfully bear a child. The newborn is the 12th child of Janise Wulf, who's also a grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of three. Wulf and her third husband, Scott, 48, named the red-haired boy, Adam Charles Wulf. He follows just 3½ years behind his older brother, Ian. “I hate to raise one alone, without a sibling,” said Wulf, who was impregnated both times through in vitro fertilization. Wulf has given birth to a total of...
  • The mother's war (Columnist Vox Day on Mother's Day, Secularization, Jihad and Feminism)

    05/14/2007 3:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 819+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 14, 2007 | Vox Day
    Mother's Day is, to be honest, somewhat of an annoyance. It's manifestly one of those tedious Hallmark holidays wherein everyone is supposed to run out and support the revenue stream of cardboard manufacturers in the name of expressing gratitude to mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else to whom we might be related. I imagine it won't be long until Sept. 18 is declared Anonymous Sperm Donor's Day, which will probably be celebrated by giving matching card sets to one's two mommies and lighting a candle for dear old anonymous sperm donor, whoever he might be. Mothers are not only important,...
  • What Happened to Motherhood?

    03/27/2007 7:14:40 PM PDT · by etradervic · 31 replies · 634+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 3/27/2007 | David Warren
    We used to have the expression "motherhood and apple pie," to describe things that were so far beyond controversy, that no one in his right mind would think of challenging them. It was a way to say that certain things are simply part of our nature, and thus not within our power to change. Also: beautiful, if properly understood, by a mind that accepts human life as a gift of God, rather than as a cat's cradle of rights issues. Of course, anything that is beautiful can also get ugly. I don't know where apple pie stands today (were the...
  • Hillary's New Strategy: The Mom President

    12/25/2006 10:11:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 78 replies · 2,871+ views
    FOX ^ | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    “We’ve never had a mother who ever ran or was elected president…” That was Hillary Clinton speaking earlier this week, when she appeared on the television show The View. Don’t think for a minute that she was just making an interesting historical observation. No, Hillary doesn’t work that way. She never says or does anything that hasn’t been perfectly scripted and endlessly polled beforehand. She had a message, a new strategy to try out. So look for the new “Mom Strategy” to be the anchor of her presidential run. Forget Soccer Moms and Security Moms; now it’s going to be...
  • When mommy goes off to war, it's rough on kids [sickening]

    11/29/2006 8:36:31 AM PST · by XR7 · 301 replies · 4,932+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/28/06 | Donna St. George
    HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — When they called her name, she could not move. Sgt. Leana Nishimura intended to walk up proudly, shake the dignitaries' hands and accept their honors for her service in Iraq — a special coin, a lapel pin, a glass-encased U.S. flag. But her son clung to her leg. He cried and held tight...T.J. was 9, her oldest child, and although eight months had passed since she had returned from the war zone, he was still upset by anything that reminded him of her deployment... The faraway move to live with his grandmother. The months that...
  • Day nursery may harm under-3s, say child experts

    10/20/2006 9:38:36 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 525+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/21/06 | Ben Fenton
    Sir Richard's document in full [PDF file] An eminent group of child-care experts raises serious concerns today about the long-term effects of putting very young children into inadequate day nurseries. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, they call for an "urgent national debate" on whether children under three should be cared for by anyone other than trusted and familiar figures in their lives. The group, including the psychologist and author Steve Biddulph, Sir Richard Bowlby, the president of the Centre for Child Mental Health in London and Prof Allan Schore, the renowned American child psychologist, demand clearer vision on...
  • Archbishop warns “culture of extreme feminism” denigrates meaning of motherhood

    10/20/2006 9:23:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 404+ views
    CNA ^ | 10.19.06
    Buenos Aires, Oct. 19, 2006, Commenting on the celebration of Mother’s Day in Argentina, Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata said this week “the culture of extreme feminism, which is a culture of death and destruction of the family and of the natural order” strips motherhood of its true meaning. Archbishop Aguer warned that “ultra-feminist ideologies” distort cultural traditions by treating motherhood as a burden and a problem, ignoring mothers who confront burdens and problems with joy. He noted that feminism treats motherhood almost like a “curse in which the woman must free herself from the slavery of being a...
  • Local mom might be America's hottest (Check the pic---WOW!!!)

    10/02/2006 5:01:04 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 95 replies · 11,606+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | September 29, 2006 | PJ-Comix
    Say hello to America's Hottest Mom. At least, one of them — if you believe a new reality show. Single mom Kelly Heyniger, who lives with her two children in a tiny WPB suburban home in Lake Clarke Shores, last week answered a Miami casting call for the new program. With 200-plus contestants queueing up, she says she was pulled out of the line by producers and ushered in ahead of most people. What happened next, she says, is secret until the show airs later this year. But this much is sure: Expect Heyniger, 36, a cosmetologist who works out...
  • Prominent Nun/Professor Formally Repents of Abortion Support

    09/08/2006 1:39:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 561+ views
    LifeSite ^ | September 7, 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    NAIROBI, Kenya, September 7, 2006 ( - While in North America or Europe Catholic nuns and priests may not be censured for nuanced abortion support, the same is not true in Africa.  In 2003 a prominent nun and professor of religion at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya was sanctioned by her bishop for touting pro-abortion sentiments in an interview with the BBC.  The censure has produced positive results.  Sister Anne Nasimiyu-Wasike, PhD. has now formally and publicly repented of her erroneous stand.  Given her celebrated feminist past, that renouncement must have been all the more difficult.  In addition to her...
  • This Mommy Track May Go Somewhere ("It's All About Me" alert)

    09/05/2006 8:08:40 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 52 replies · 1,526+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | September 5, 2006 | Molly Selvin, Staff Writer
    This Mommy Track May Go Somewhere Some companies offer a chance to advance on a schedule that allows more time at home Attorney Becky Belke works at a Los Angeles law firm where colleagues regularly toil nights and weekends. But as a mother of three children under the age of 5, she wants to work only three days a week — even if it means she can't become a partner soon. No problem. Not only has Belke's firm, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, agreed to her part-time schedule, it will put her on its partnership track if she wants to boost...
  • Sorry, but my children bore me to death! (Feminism's highest honor, Grand Narcissism)

    07/26/2006 7:17:10 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 349 replies · 5,057+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 26th July 2006 | HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOLR
    Sorry, but my children bore me to death!by HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOLR, Daily Mail 08:00am 26th July 2006It's the start of the summer holidays, when millions of mothers despair at how to entertain their children for the next six weeks. What none of them dare say is that they would rather their children were still at school or, frankly, anywhere else. Helen Kirwan-Taylor, a 42-year-old writer, lives in Notting Hill, West London, with her businessman husband Charles and their sons Constantin, 12, and Ivan, ten. Here, she argues provocatively that modern women must not be enslaved by their children. The lies started...
  • In the name of the father

    07/15/2006 7:09:34 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 558+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | Sun 16 Jul 2006 | DANI GARAVELLI
    In the name of the father DANI GARAVELLI Sun 16 Jul 2006 ONCE upon a time, I believed it didn't matter a whit whether a baby was born into a family with one parent or two. Or with two mothers or two fathers rather than a mother and a father. Why should it? What was important was not the number or gender of the parents, but whether or not they were loving and attentive. That was, of course, before I had any of my own. Now I realise that bringing up children is a challenge even for two well-meaning...
  • Being a mom could be a 6-figure job (How much would "stay-at-home mom" pay in real world?)

    05/04/2006 2:55:04 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 89 replies · 1,406+ views
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2006 | Jeanne Sahadi
    NEW YORK ( – Raising children to be productive members of society is an invaluable contribution. But you don't get cold cash for that kind of work - this society values only those economic contributions one makes outside of the home. So it's worth asking just how much would a mother be paid if she did all that she did in the world of real paychecks? [Snip] determined that a stay-at-home mother might be paid as much as $134,121 for her contributions as a housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, janitor and CEO, among other functions. The stay-at-home mothers...
  • Unleashing the Wrath of Stay-at-Home Moms [feminist screed - on Father's Day]

    06/18/2006 11:03:54 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 100 replies · 2,090+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2006 | Linda R. Hirshman
    When I set out to write a book about how the first generation of women to grow up with feminism managed their marriages, I never dreamed I'd wind up the subject of a Web article called "Everybody Hates Linda." Everybody started hating Linda, apparently, when I published an article in the progressive magazine the American Prospect last December, saying that women who quit their jobs to stay home with their children were making a mistake. Worse, I said that the tasks of housekeeping and child rearing were not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human...
  • A new awareness campaign resorts to scare tactics. (Women should breast feed or else)..

    06/14/2006 8:30:10 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 34 replies · 644+ views
    NYTimes via AOL ^ | 6/14/06 | Roni Rabin
    Warning: Public health officials have determined that not breast-feeding may be hazardous to your baby's health. There is no black-box label like that affixed to cans of infant formula or tucked into the corner of magazine advertisements, at least not yet. But that is the unambiguous message of a controversial government public health campaign encouraging new mothers to breast-feed for six months to protect their babies from colds, flu, ear infections, diarrhea and even obesity. In April, the World Health Organization, setting new international bench marks for children's growth, for the first time referred to breast-feeding as the biological norm....
  • Some women disappointed in ABC's Vargas

    06/02/2006 9:02:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 40 replies · 1,608+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 2 JUNE 2006 | AP
    NEW YORK -- Like so many women, Suzanne Holstein, a schoolteacher and mother of two, has had her struggles balancing motherhood and career. So she was sympathetic when she heard that ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas, a woman she admires, was stepping down from her prestigious evening-news perch to focus on her growing family. And yet, like many women across the country, Holstein is not only a little disappointed by Vargas' move, but a little suspicious. "I can't believe that a woman who's worked so hard to get where she is would just resign like that," says Holstein, 39. "I think...
  • Samuelson: The end of motherhood? (A vote for Kids)

    05/23/2006 12:59:05 PM PDT · by Tulane · 25 replies · 725+ views
    MSNBC/ Newsweek ^ | 5/23/2006 | Samuelson
    American fertility is roughly at the replacement rate, 2.1 children per woman. Nor does the U.S. rate merely reflect, as some think, a higher rate among Hispanic Americans. The fertility rate is 1.9 for non-Hispanic whites and about 2 for African-Americans, reports demographer Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute. What explains the American exception? Eberstadt cites three differences with Europe and most other advanced countries: greater optimism, greater patriotism and stronger religious values. There's some supporting evidence. A survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago asked respondents in 33 countries to react to this...
  • New baby shock for 'menopausal' Deryn

    05/22/2006 2:47:04 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 4 replies · 455+ views
    IC Wales ^ | May 21, 2006 | Rachel Mainwaring
    WHEN Deryn Minn stares down at her gorgeous baby boy Harry, she can't help but delight in his happy face and chubby fingers. But the 46-year-old mum is the first to admit her blue-eyed cutie was certainly not planned. In a new relationship with farmer Dave Jones, Deryn was told by the doctor that she didn't need to take the contraceptive pill because blood tests showed she was menopausal. So she concentrated on training to be a nurse, looking after her two teenage girls Victoria and Laura, and enjoying a hectic social life with Dave in their home of Welshpool,...
  • Putin's Baby Love

    05/21/2006 8:26:09 AM PDT · by XR7 · 11 replies · 760+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/21/06 | VIKTOR EROFEYEV
    Moscow SINCE my daughter Maya was born 10 months ago, I've noted that many of my Russian friends are more likely to express amazement than to share my joy. "Do you really like fussing around with kids?" asked one of them, a television journalist, with sincere incredulity. It might be that this notion of children as a burden, as an unnecessary bother, is the psychological reason for the catastrophic decline in Russian birth rates (the average woman has 1.34 children, and for every 16 Russians who died in 2004, only 10.4 babies were born). It's hard enough to get by...
  • Dozens of babies being born to mothers over 50

    05/16/2006 7:29:10 AM PDT · by billorites · 12 replies · 585+ views ^ | May 7, 2006 | Breezy Marsh
    Dozens of babies are being born every year to women over the age of 50 who have had IVF (in vitro fertilisation) at British clinics.Each year, about 100 women aged 50 or more receive treatment at private fertility clinics, which charge about £5,000 for each attempt to give them a test-tube baby, using a donor egg from a younger woman. More than 20 go on to have a baby.   Patricia Rashbrook is seven months pregnant According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), between 1992 and 2002 the total number of IVF births to women of all ages...
  • Seattle's single moms find strength in one another ( Liberals in a Blue State )

    05/13/2006 3:19:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 127 replies · 2,212+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 13, 2006 | PAUL NYHAN
    Randi Anderson knew she was on her own the day her son was born 22 months ago when she drove herself to the hospital. Long before Anderson pulled up to Swedish Medical Center, her film-school boyfriend was gone. Twenty hours after she arrived at the hospital, she joined the growing ranks of single mothers. It is a group that often feels isolated, suffers higher-than-normal rates of depression and believes it carries a stigma in a culture that celebrates marriage. "I certainly feel like it's written across my face," Anderson, 34, said. "We've been told it's not OK to be a...
  • Girl, 11, will be Britain's youngest mother

    05/12/2006 11:01:16 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 72 replies · 1,692+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 12, 2006 | IAN DRURY
    A girl is to become Britain's youngest mother after becoming pregnant at 11. The girl smokes 20 cigarettes a day despite being eight months' pregnant. She conceived aged 11 when she lost her virginity to a boy of 15 on a drunken night out with friends. The 15-year-old has since been charged with rape by police, and is due to appear again at Edinburgh sheriff court on July 10. Her 34-year-old mother, who gave birth to her youngest child eight months ago, said she was 'proud' of her daughter. She will be 12 years and 8 months when she has...
  • For healthiest babies, it's all in the timing

    04/20/2006 3:59:52 PM PDT · by twippo · 21 replies · 591+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 19, 2006 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    CHICAGO - Women can maximize their chances of having healthy babies by spacing their pregnancies at least 18 months but no more than five years apart, researchers say. The researchers reached that conclusion after an analysis of 67 international studies involving more than 11 million pregnancies. The analysis found that spacing babies too close together or too far apart raises the risk of such complications as premature births and low birth weight. The findings suggest that millions of infant deaths could be avoided worldwide with better family planning, said one of the authors, Dr. Agustin Conde-Agudelo of Santa Fe de...
  • Banking on science for future fertility

    04/18/2006 7:24:22 AM PDT · by qam1 · 11 replies · 733+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/18/06 | Joan Morris
    From the moment a baby girl is born, her fertility clock begins the countdown. Though she has millions of eggs in her immature ovaries, by the time she's a woman, the viability of those eggs has already started to diminish. By age 40, her chances of conceiving have declined, while her chances of having a child with chromosomal abnormalities have increased. And if she's like thousands of women in their 30s who have yet to meet Mr. Right and whose careers and personal choices don't include, for now, child rearing, she may find herself wishing that should could freeze time....
  • The ‘new woman’ is a housewife (educated women has discovered the secret of a happy marriage)

    04/17/2006 5:10:26 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 75 replies · 2,437+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 16, 2006 | Sarah Baxter and Tom Baird
    A NEW breed of educated women has discovered the secret of a happy marriage — opting to stay at home instead of pursuing a career. The phenomenon, in which wives prefer their husbands to be the main breadwinner, has been identified by American sociologists and is now gaining a foothold in Britain. Unlike the housewives of the 1950s, who had little choice over rearing children and acting as homemaker, this generation of women is building on the advances of the feminist movement to determine their optimum lifestyle. The women are predominantly drawn from the middle classes and have young offspring....
  • Katie Holmes Agrees Motherly Contact With Infant Is Bad

    04/11/2006 7:42:36 AM PDT · by Blogger · 99 replies · 1,716+ views ^ | 4/11/06 | Starpulse Blog
    Katie Holmes Agrees Motherly Contact With Infant Is Bad Katie Holmes has been banned from speaking to her baby for a week after it is born, it has been reported. The pregnant actress has agreed not to talk to her new arrival, believed to be a girl, for at least seven days after she has entered the world, in accordance with fiancé Tom Cruise's Scientology beliefs. Katie, who is due to give birth any day, has already promised Tom she will deliver the child in complete silence, and she will also have very little contact afterwards. A source told Closer...
  • Dutch MP says Stay-At-Home Mothers should be Punished for “Throwing Away” Education

    04/04/2006 4:57:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 65 replies · 1,012+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/4/06 | Hilary White
    AMSTERDAM, April 4, 2006 ( – An MP of the Dutch Labour Party has suggested that stay-at-home mothers who used state subsidies for their education should pay the government back since their work at home is “wasted” on child rearing. Sharon Dijksma believes that punitive measures should be taken against women who choose to stay at home with children after graduating from university instead of entering the paid workforce. “A highly educated woman who chooses to stay home and not to work: that is destruction of capital,” said Dijksma, deputy leader of the Labour Party (PvdA) in 'Forum', a...
  • Mommy, Daddy, please come home (What children really want)

    03/15/2006 8:46:15 AM PST · by Hannah Senesh · 80 replies · 1,727+ views
    Ynet News (Israel) ^ | March 15, 2006 | Anat Lev-Adler
    Who has time to spend an afternoon at home, standing aside and watching the ordinary lives of our children?"You wouldn't believe what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks," said my friend Shirley as we both eyed the sophisticated basket of baked goods at the trendiest food shop in the city, and pick at a bowl of freshly-cut vegetables gleaming with just the right amount of spiced virgin olive oil. "Every evening I try to recreate the taste of the omelet and the salad my mother used to make, and I can’t do it. I use different vegetables, I...