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On Being a Toxic Avenger

May 12, 2009
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the campy, B-movie, The Toxic Avenger , but the plot line is eerily analogous to many modern moms. The movie in a nutshell: weakling janitor is taunted and falls into a vat of toxic waste, which turns him into a radioactive monster with superhuman strength who...

Michelle Obama on Work-Life Balance

May 12, 2009
Cross-posted at MotherTalkers . Glad to see we have a first lady focused on the plight of working families. In a recent speech before corporate executives, Michelle Obama addressed the internal conflict faced by many working parents trying to have it all -- or simply make ends meet -- and why...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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...

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!...
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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?