With dads being the primary earners in many heterosexual households, it was often the mother who gave up work to manage extra work at home during the pandemic. But what about heterosexual households where the mother was the primary earner?
While zuranolone represents an exciting advance in the treatment of postpartum depression, many questions about its potential impact remain unanswered.
Amid the fanfare about a new medication for postpartum depression, it’s important to remember that PPD is underdiagnosed and undertreated, and that safe and effective treatments already exist.
Women aren’t often given space to discuss the difficult aspects of motherhood.
Negative emotions, especially regret, are seldom expressed when talking about motherhood.
The language midwives use is an important part of the care they provide.
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Several familiar maternity terms have been abandoned after a consultation with pregnant women and healthcare professionals.
Food insecurity can impact both a mother’s ability or decision to breastfeed, and also the ability to purchase baby formula.
Low-income mothers with infants are struggling with food insecurity, which can lead to long-term health impacts for both mothers and children.
There’s a difference between the fulfilling relationship mothers can have with their children and the patriarchal institution of motherhood.
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Being a mom can be heartbreaking, empowering, scary, fulfilling and everything in between.
Moms get about 25 minutes less sleep each weeknight when their kids’ school is in session.
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Parents spend more time actively engaged with their kids – such as helping with homework or reading together – during the school year than during summer. But the difference is almost three times greater for moms than for dads.
Some trans people find gender euphoria in being mothers and being with family.
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Trans motherhood showcases the unique joys of being transgender, be it through developing a deeper connection with one’s own child or caring for others in one’s community.
Buddhism prizes both compassion and undivided focus – which can be hard to combine.
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The lines between family life and Buddhist monasticism are not so ‘either/or’ as they might seem.
Afenia Shakur (left). mother of Tupac Shakur (right).
From Tupac to Jay-Z, many a rap artist has set pen to paper to pay homage to the women who gave them birth.
Jewish mothers have created ways to celebrate childbirth with rituals old and new.
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Recent generations of Jewish women have looked to reinvent rituals marking the most meaningful moments in their lives, especially childbirth and motherhood.
Despite a social consensus regarding the importance of mothers as care providers, the crucial role mothers play in their children’s social mobility is often overlooked in research and policymaking.
Globally, mothers’ educational status has a greater influence over the level of education their children attain today than was the case for people born mid-century.
An ancient Greek relief depicting a baby with its mother and grandmother.
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Greek epic poetry often uses mothers and wives to humanize its heroes, reminding listeners of the meaning of sacrifice.
The stress of experiencing high levels of community violence harms entire families.
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Chronic stress from living with systemic racism and gun violence can lead to increased symptoms of PTSD and depression as well as elevated cortisol levels.
Interviews with mothers about children’s media use during pandemic lockdowns revealed struggles with practical and moral questions about short- and long-term effects of how children are using technology.
Policymakers, tech companies and schools should all be part of conversations about how our society is responsible for the new realities of tech in the home after COVID-19 lockdowns.
Jennifer Coolidge and Eddie Thomas in American Pie (1999).
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The milf’s appeal lies in their sexual confidence, agency and knowledge – qualities particularly attractive to young men stuck between childhood independence and adult autonomy.
Self-compassion can not only enhance physical and psychological health, but may also influence physical activity in the postpartum period.
Physical activity and new motherhood can be hard to navigate, but physiological feedback and self-compassion can help inform decisions about when and how to exercise.
Fathers’ brains adjust their structure and function to parenthood.
Neuroscientists know that pregnant mothers’ brains change in ways that appear to help with caring for a baby. Now researchers have identified changes in new fathers’ brains, too.
Till-Mobley watches the body of her son, Emmett, being lowered into his grave.
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She eventually decided to become a public school teacher so she could influence a new generation of Americans.
Responding to a baby’s needs can be akin to an advanced dance routine.
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Sensitive, responsive interactions with caregivers are crucial to babies’ brain development, social skills and even physical health.