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7 million views! The Mom of the Year video has officially gone viral. It's a national mom uprising!

May 10, 2009
Michelle Obama isn't the only one flexing her right to bare arms. The millions of women proclaiming their friends as Mom of the Year this past week is nothing short of a national mom uprising. This week 7 million people viewed the MomsRising Mother of the Year Award customizable video in honor of Mother's Day. You can watch the video at: Along with Beyonce, ponytail advice, and naked dogs, this video includes serious facts about mothers in the U.S. today. So in case you were too smitten by baby Joshy talking, and too distracted by watching...
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The Mother of All Strikes

May 9, 2009
These days between May day and Mothers’ day, it seems the perfect moment to suggest a little something for moms from the labor movement--a strike. That’s right, I want mothers everywhere to walk off the job, excepting single moms who are essential workers. For at least 24 hours, or as long as you can hold out, I want everyone to stop making breakfast-lunch-and-dinner and loading the dishwasher. Stop matchmaking socks without soul-mates. Stop combing tangles and playing lego. Sex is okay—and more enjoyable when you are released from the bondage of housework (and when your hands don’t smell...
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Celebrating Mother's Day around the Web! UPDATED!

May 9, 2009
Happy Mother's Day! Below is a list of blogs celebrating with our MomsRising Mother of the Year award. Despite our best efforts, this list isn't quite complete-- the video has gone viral, with over 2 million views and counting! Join the fun and check these out!! UPDATED 4x: over 12 million views and counting! Amazing! PunditMom BlogHer MojoMom Huffington Post Silicon Valley Moms Blog Urban Mamas MotherTalkers The Motherhood It's Not A Lecture MamaPhD ParentsWork Business and Professional Women Womenstake, Nat'l Women's Law Ctr Food For Thought ChristyTJ's blog BadLadies MyBrownBaby...
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Take Mom's Feet Out of the Ice Water

May 7, 2009
Americans are expected to spend nearly $16 billion this year on Mother’s Day celebrations. It’s an impressive outpouring of appreciation – and it’s also an aberration. The other 364 days of the year, American mothers are on their own, with profound consequences for public health. As an obstetrician, I see these consequences every day. When mom and baby leave the hospital Dad goes back to work, and older children get pulled from day care to save money. Saddled with responsibility for housework, older children and baby-care, mothers fight for even a few minutes to nurture their infants. Three-...

For Mother’s Day: Flowers, Chocolates – and Cervixes?

May 7, 2009
Seems strange to talk about cervical cancer on Mother’s Day? Well, imagine this. You’re 26 years old and you’re diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. You think you’ve beaten it, but two short years later your cancer returns and you have to have a radical hysterectomy – along with painful chemotherapy and radiation – and your doctor tells you that you’ll never be able to bear your own children. This is what happened to me. So I think Mother’s Day seems like the perfect time to discuss how to protect your right to be a mom! I tell you all this because this Mother’s Day will have special...

Mother's Day video makes the NYT today! Watch & Send to Friends

May 5, 2009
Ever secretly imagined your name being celebrated on the front page of a newspaper as "Mom of the Year" as you click through online news sites while munching on a yummy snack? Your finger poised over the mouse, about to click the next new story, and you realize: Hey, I know that person! It's me! And in the whirl of congratulations with the announcement of your award, you find George Clooney asking for your lasagna recipe, Octomom getting jealous of your adoring fan club, and moms lining up for your how-to book before it's even written. Turns out with the miracles modern technology we can do...
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New High Rates of Cesarean Section and Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM)

March 27, 2009
Why does the reality of everyday, routine care for birthing women diverge so radically from best-evidence practice?

Normal child development: time is the prescription

March 22, 2009
Pediatricians see the problem every day in their offices: so many apparently well babies, so inconsolably fretful; not sleeping well; not feeding well, or feeding too much. So many toddlers whose behavior is out of control: obstinate, hyperactive; real temper tantrum factories. Could it be ADHD? Or bipolar disorder? At such a young age?

"Case Against Breastfeeding" Overlooks Big Dirty Secret

March 17, 2009
Here’s what Hanna Rosin is missing in "The Case Against Breastfeeding" : Moms are being urged to breastfeed but set up to fail.

Paid Maternity Leave: breastfeeding won't work without it

February 26, 2009
There’s no question among health experts that breastfeeding is best for babies.