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Icy times for mom-to-be meant bad news for baby-on-board. Shaun Best/Reuters

Mom’s prenatal hardship turns baby’s genes on and off

In January 1998 five days of freezing rain collapsed the electrical grid of the Canadian province of Québec. The storm left more than 3 million people without electricity for anywhere from a few hours…
Did you use the beaker, honey? Creativa

Mothers find safe haven on the internet to talk about sex

Who can forget “penis-beakergate”? That wonderful moment in October 2013 when a user of popular parenting site Mumsnet started a discussion thread to ask other women whether her partner’s behaviour was…
The Gillard government has pared back the baby bonus for second and higher order children from $5000 to $3000. Flickr\Brandon Doran

Time to put baby bonus myths to bed

The Gillard government’s plan to cut the baby bonus for second and subsequent children from $5000 to $3000 from July 1 2013 raises issues of equity and demographic change. Some have welcomed what they…
Representing foetuses as “babies” can have a serious impact on women’s access to contraception and abortion. Trevor Bair

Hilarious or horrifying? Foetuses Photoshopped onto bellies

I was both delighted and confused when I saw a discussion of a new “trend” in pregnancy pictures on STFU, Parents, a US blog that pokes fun at people who “overshare” information about parenting through…
Parents who are transgender tend to confront people’s ideas about the possibilities of parenthood. Presley Martin

He’s my mother: motherhood across gender boundaries

In the 2005 film Transamerica, Felicity Huffman’s character, Bree, is set to begin gender reassignment surgery when she receives a phone call from a teenage boy looking for his father, Stanley, the man…

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