HealthPregnancy & Childbirth

The CDC Can Rip the Wine Glass Out of My Childbearing-Aged Hand

New CDC recommendations released Tuesday state that all women of childbearing age should abstain entirely from alcohol, unless they use contraceptives. Come again? On first reading, one might think that they are on to something. Everyone knows that drinking during pregnancy is bad. Well…the research is actually mixed. But, aside …

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Pregnancy & ChildbirthPseudoscience

Please Don’t Eat Your Placenta

I am guessing you clicked on this post for one of two reasons. You are so grossed out by the thought of eating your own or anyone else’s placenta that you wanted to read more out of morbid curiosity. You want to skip to the end and tell me that …

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Media & TechnologyPregnancy & Childbirth

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Health Starts In The Womb

Hey there Derby Fans! I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. My holidays started early with a November road trip to Skepticon 8 where I had an incredible time meeting awesome folks from across the atheist/skeptic/humanist movement and drinking their whiskey. I’ll have a write up on that soon …

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Pregnancy & ChildbirthReproductive Rights

We’re Pro Choice… Deal With It

So I caused a little flare up on the Grounded Parents Facebook Page when I shared this satisfying rant from friend of the network and FtBlogger Dana Hunter at En Tequila Es Verdad  Two old white men whine about abortion. (Well, they also lie extravagantly, but I just want to …

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ActivismFeminismFertilityHealthPoliticsPregnancy & ChildbirthSex and Sexuality

How Planned Parenthood Saved My Life

I have been having sex (both consensual and non-consensual, and with some significant hiatuses) since I was 12 years old. I am now 45. In all that time, I have never had an unplanned pregnancy. I have never had an abortion. What I did have (and might still have) was …

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ActivismBabiesPregnancy & Childbirth

I Don’t Need Your Birth Feminism

Mariah Sixkiller’s Why I Am a Birth Feminist is one of the most privileged and myopic pieces of drivel I have ever read. Why exactly is she a birth feminist? Is it because she wants to see improved birth outcomes for women in third world countries? No. Is it because she wants to fight …

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AtheismBabiesPregnancy & ChildbirthReligion

Reader Question: How Do You Handle Anti-Vax Relatives?

Sometimes, we get letters from our readers looking for specific articles. (We do read all the emails that we get!). Recently, we received this letter on how to deal with anti-vax grandparents: My husband and I are planning to have kid(s) in about a year or so, and my parents …

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Mother and newborn
BabiesPregnancy & Childbirth

Nineties Song “Closing Time” Isn’t About the End of a Night Out

Readers, please join me as I take a break from my science advocacy writing and reminisce. Four years ago around this time, I was large, uncomfortable, and more than ready to evict my first child from my fatigued body. Fast forward to the end of January, and with an audible …

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scared girl
BabiesHealthPregnancy & Childbirth

Can We Please Stop Scaring the Crap Out of New Parents?

I breastfed my son behind a curtain in the step down nursery, where babies rested in open cribs for a day to a week of monitoring. It was a huge difference from the intensive care nursery where my sons spent months. From the other side of the curtain, I heard a mother yell at …

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FertilityPregnancy & ChildbirthUncategorized

Dear Girlfriend

Dear Girlfriend/Sister/Cousin, I am really excited to hear about your impending bundle of joy! I will try to be a great friend and confidant. But I can’t guarantee it. When you go on at length about how easy it was to get pregnant, when you heard that a majority of …

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