Meet the Japanese Moms Running a Citizens' Lab to Track Nuclear Radiation

After the 2011 tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there were widespread fears about radiation leaking into the environment. Now a group of volunteers—who are mostly mothers—is tackling the issue head-on.
Bobbie van der List
mental health

I Ate Psychedelic Mushrooms to Treat My Postpartum Depression

"Project Baby—My First Year As a Less Than Perfect Mother" author Julie Ugleholdt says that microdosing shrooms helped her mental health.
Maria Brus Pedersen

Women in Labor Are Being Turned Away From UK Hospitals

I narrowly avoided giving birth in my car after midwives said I wasn't ready to be admitted. I'm not the only mom this has happened to, either.
Carly Lewis-Oduntan

'I Squirted Milk All Over': What It’s Really Like to Be a Breastfeeding Mom

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we talked to mothers about their unexpected, yet gratifying, experiences of nursing their children.
Kimberly Lawson

Two Women Were Scolded for Breastfeeding, So a Group of Moms Held a Nurse-In

More than a dozen moms in Minnesota nursed their children at a public pool in solidarity with two moms who were scolded for breastfeeding. Public breastfeeding became legal in all 50 states in July of this year.
Kimberly Lawson
Essays on Religious Exemptions

We Were Rejected From Adopting Foster Children Because We Are Gay

There are roughly 13,000 kids in foster care in our home state of Michigan, but child-placing agencies are legally allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ applicants—and more states have recently passed similar faith-based laws.
Kristy and Dana Dumont

The Things We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Motherhood

We spoke with the author of "Motherhood," Sheila Heti, one of the strongest voices in a new literary wave discussing the shame, guilt, and expectations surrounding parenthood.
Marta Bausells
Mother's Day

Single Moms Talk About Raising Children Alone

“People always ask me why my son’s father left me. They immediately assume that, as a black woman, I’m a single mom who’s been abandoned by the father.”
Marie Declercq
Mother's Day 2018

What It's Like Being a Mom and a Sex Worker

“My son might find me on PornHub one day. And that's okay, because moms have sex. If he finds me, that'll be my response: ‘Moms have sex.’"
Juniper Fitzgerald
black maternal health

Black Mothers Share the Devastating Impact of Racism in Maternal Health Care

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, four Black women share their pregnancy and childbirth experiences to highlight the lasting impact of the racism and trauma Black women too often face when entering motherhood.
Kimberly Lawson

The Joys and Pains of Childbirth Around the World, in Photos

As part of the "Universal Motherhood" project, female photographers documented women from five different countries as they gave birth.
Tom Seymour

When Discussing Sex Discrimination, Don't Forget Pregnant Women

In the UK alone, up to 54,000 women lost their jobs in 2017 as a result of maternity discrimination. Why are workplaces failing new mothers?
Bridie Witton