mothers

midterms

These Women Took Their Daughters With Them to Vote for Themselves

"I started this campaign with Mila by my side. I can't imagine heading to the polls without her," said Liuba Grechen Shirley, Democratic nominee in the 2nd congressional district in New York.
Kimberly Lawson
11.6.18
JUSTICE

Pregnant Mom Jailed for Three Weeks for Driving with a Suspended License

Sadly, Tanisha Bynum's case is far from unusual. Thousands of Americans are held in jail for minor infractions because they can't afford to pay bail—and black women are particularly impacted.
Rachel Anspach
9.1.17
parenting

People Are Obsessed with Criticizing Moms' Parenting Choices, Study Confirms

We talked to the researcher behind the study to understand how this sort of criticism can lead to further maternal anxiety and other adverse side effects.
Kimberly Lawson
6.19.17
Gaming

Why Portrayals of Moms in Video Games Are So Messed Up

In video games like "Red Dead Redemption," "Heavy Rain," and "The Last of Us," multidimensional father figures are abundant. But where are the playable mothers?
Lisa Ludwig
5.14.17
Mother's Day

'Life Without Her Is a Joy': Women Talk About Divorcing Their Mothers

"I was done with the fights, done with the criticism. I felt freed."
Samantha Ladwig
5.12.17
Sex

Women Describe Their Orgasmic Births

Giving birth is meant to be one of the scariest and most physically painful experiences in a woman's life. But according to a 2016 survey, a surprising number of women actually climax during childbirth.
Rebecca Schiller
5.30.16
motherhood

Moms Who Always Post About Their Kids More Likely to Be Depressed Perfectionists

New research shows that moms who post about their kids on social media often are more likely to be depressed. We spoke to a mental health charity and an expert in maternal Internet use to find out why.
Sirin Kale
5.26.16
motherhood

The Benefits of Slathering Your Newborn Baby with Vaginal Bacteria

Vaginal seeding is the latest postnatal practice to be adopted by new mothers—and it involves shoving a piece of gauze up the vagina and swabbing babies with it. Why are women doing it, and is it safe?
Rebecca Schiller
4.28.16
crime

Why Some Mothers Kill Their Children

According to a 2005 study, maternal filicide occurs more frequently in the United States than developing nations. We asked psychologists and researchers about what would drive a mother to kill her own children.
Mish Barber Way
12.2.15
Essays

Living with My Mother's Mental Illness

My mother has struggled with mental health issues her whole life, but we don't discuss it.
Fariha Roisin
8.12.15
family

Are We Destined to Become Our Mothers? A Scientific Investigation

If our brain is a computer, then our interactions with our parents are the default setting. And when things go faulty or get stressful in our adult lives, our neurons head for a familiar path, one usually set in early development. In other words...
Jessica Machado
7.27.15