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The myth of the myth of the painful birth

The myth of the myth of the painful birth

You may have seen the article, ‘The myth of the painful birth – and why it’s not nearly so bad as women believe,’ doing the rounds on social media recently. As someone who has given birth – drug-free, because I’m an idiot – I can […]

To the congressman who doesn’t think that men should have to pay for prenatal care

To the congressman who doesn’t think that men should have to pay for prenatal care

Hey there, John Shimkus. Nice surname, by the way. It’s fun to say. Shimkus. Shimkus. Shimkus. It just kind of gets all stuck behind your teeth, doesn’t it? Anyway, I hear that you don’t support the Affordable Care Act, primarily because it requires all healthcare […]

Why I didn’t do a Beyoncé-style pregnancy announcement

Why I didn’t do a Beyoncé-style pregnancy announcement

So everyone has been going nuts over Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement photo. You know, the one where she’s kneeling amongst a bunch of flowers while wearing silky pants with a piece of green tulle draped over her head. As you do. She looks great, of course. […]

Why is Donald Trump obsessed with controlling vaginas?

Why is Donald Trump obsessed with controlling vaginas?

Image © Gage Skidmore Let’s talk about vaginas. If you have one, I assume you think you should be in charge of what goes into and comes out of it. If you don’t have one, you’d probably agree that it’s not your place to tell someone who […]

Parenting: the art of forgetting selectively

Parenting: the art of forgetting selectively

Why do baby clothes have to be so stupidly adorable? I pondered this as I started to go through the first of six bin bags of clothes the Popple had outgrown. The little animals on the bums of little onesies. The teeny tiny hats. The doll-like […]

Want to hold your newborn? That’ll be $40.

Want to hold your newborn? That’ll be $40.

Imagine this scenario: You’ve just had a baby via c-section. The nurse places your baby on your chest for some skin-to-skin. You gaze into your newborn’s eyes, amazed that you finally get to meet this person who you’ve been growing inside you for the past […]