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Elinor Carucci, "Feeding Emanuelle from a plastic bottle after I stopped breastfeeding" 2004. Photography, as a medium, is inextricably bound to the idea of motherhood. We see mothers (and fathers) everywhere snapping pictures of their infants. Art critic Roland Barthes rooted his discussion of the emotional power of photographs in an image he found of his mother after her death. Photography gives us a means of capturing something we know will soon be lost: the pregnant belly, the milk mustache. Read More
There's no doubt that social media and new forms of communication have made a shitload of difference in helping us connect to others. There's even a whole network of mommy bloggers and other forums dedicated to new mothers, but these connections generally can't provide the same support as the people who are close to you. A recent study shows that mothers in urban areas—who tend to be further away from their families and face more economic hardships—have a harder time recovering from postpartum depression compared to mothers in rural areas. Read More
It's no surprise these days that families are getting smaller, women are moving up in their careers, and Fox News is crying about "the war on men." TIME magazine's newest issue explores this phenomenon, simplified as the "child-free" life, discussing findings that more women are having fewer or no children than they were in previous generations. The TIME piece says that todays birthrate in the United States is at an all time low. "From 2007 to 2011, the most recent year for which there's data, the fertility rate declined 9%. Read More
Dame Helen Mirren knows sexism. The 67-year-old, Oscar-Winning actress got her start in film adaptations of Shakespeare plays, but says that gender relations back then were no better than in the time of the Bard. “The ‘60s and ‘70s were pretty ghastly, I think,” said Mirren in an interview with the Daily Mail.  “And into the ‘80s, as an actress, you would be the only female on set, apart from the continuity person, who was always a woman, and maybe your own personal wardrobe person. Read More
  When Elizabeth Mort had her newborn taken and put into foster care for five days, you'd think she'd done something horribly illicit in her short tenure as a mother. Was she a puppy killer? A drug lord? No, she had a poppy seed bagel for breakfast.  And no, I’m not kidding. Mort had eaten a poppy-seed bagel hours before giving birth, and with poppy seeds being the routes of drugs such as heroin and morphine, Mort ended up testing positive for opiates. How very Seinfeldian.   Baby and Mama Mort live in Newcastle, Pennsylvania. Read More
While modern feminist conversations frequently fall on the topic of choice for professional women – do I choose my career, or do I choose motherhood – the argument generally stops there, and never addresses the choice some women make not to be a mother at all. American culture praises mothers, and rightly so, but we are also so obsessed with them that more frequently we lean on the topic of the right to choose an abortion or not, therefore overshadowing the other more obvious right to choose to ever get pregnant or not. Read More
  Who should be the one to cut the cord? Nobody, perhaps. Mary Cealleigh, a midwife educator from Texas, believes that leaving the umbilical cord attached after birth is healthier for the baby. "Babies' immune systems are going through huge changes at a very rapid rate when they're first born," Cealleigh says. "Not disrupting the baby's blood volume at that time helps prevent future disease. Read More
Mama, I love you. Mama, I care. Mama, I love you. Mama, my friend. The Spice Girls really summed it up in "Mama," didn’t they? Moms are super special and should be honored. Share your Momma Love by helping photographer Ali Smith publish Momma Love, a book about motherhood. Watch this video and find out more:   For the past 12 years, Smith has been working on Momma Love: How the Mother Half Lives, which features compelling stories and portraits of 40 mothers. Smith says: “Six months ago, I signed a publishing deal for Momma Love. Read More
What’s the deal with Facebook hating so hard lately, taking down photos revealing realities of women’s issues?   This past week Facebook banned Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir, an Icelandic women’s rights activist, for reposting sexist comments she found publicly posted on the site.  Now we’re hearing that Facebook punished a woman for posting a photo of herself breastfeeding her daughter.   Gina Crosley-Corcoran is the creator of the feminist motherhood blog, The Feminist Breeder, and former member of the ‘90’s grunge band, Veruca Salt. Read More
Alicia Silverstone is already a successful writer with her book The Kind Diet, a guide to staying healthy and going vegan. Now she is writing two new books, The Kind Mama and The Kind Diet Cookbook. The Kind Mama will be about fertility, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy complete with info from doctors, friends, and other women, as well as her own personal parenting story. The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her first book, filled with easy, family- friendly recipes. Read More