The Goddess Myth

How a vision of perfect motherhood hurts moms - by Claire Howorth

Giving birth to her first child at home without medication was a foregone conclusion for Margaret Nichols. Pain would yield to will, and that would be that. Throughout her pregnancy, the 40-year-old New York City meditation teacher pored over the natural-birth canon, books like Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery and Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. She becameRead the article

New Moms Have Plenty to Deal With at Work. Don’t Add More Guilt.

New Moms Have Plenty to Deal With at Work. Don’t Add More Guilt.

Spend five minutes talking to any new working mother, and you’re almost sure to hear the word guilt. I surveyed and/or interviewed more than 800 of them—CEOs and hourly workers, adoptive moms, single mothers, and traditional, married moms, too. The G-word came up again and again. Some working mothers felt “guilty,” they said, for leaving theirRead the article

The Birth of a Mother

by Alexandra Sacks, MD

For most women, pregnancy and new motherhood is a joy — at least some of the time. But most mothers also experience worry, disappointment, guilt, competition, frustration, and even anger and fear. As the psychiatrist Daniel Stern explained in the 1990s in his books “The Motherhood Constellation” and “The Birth of a Mother,” giving birthRead the article

Breast Intentions

How local experts are helping new moms learn to breast-feed - by Melissa Jacobs

Breast-feeding seems like it should be a natural, easy process. But many women have trouble initiating breast-feeding. Getting babies to “latch on” is not always instinctive or effortless. It certainly wasn’t for Donna Sinnott. After the birth of her first child, Sinnott struggled with breast-feeding. “I was exhausted with a hungry baby and had noRead the article

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