Babies

America's Maternity Leave Drought

What it's really like trying to have a baby and keep your job in the United States.

Eggsurance

Why is egg freezing the most hotly discussed health benefit in Silicon Valley? Cristen and Caroline put the science and success rates of oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, under the microscope to determine whether it really is the great workplace equalizer for women.

Better Babies Contests: Eugenics Goes to the Fair

In the 1920s baby parades evolved into Better Babies Contests, marketed as public health initiatives. At these contests, often held in rural fairgrounds, babies would be disrobed, measured, weighed and evaluated for temperament and intelligence. Winning babies might claim titles such as "Heaviest Boy Under 1 Year of Age." If this sounds a lot like livestock competitions at homegrown fairs that's because it was!

The Ghost of Phantom Pregnancy

Not long ago, a Canadian woman went to the hospital intending to deliver quintuplets. But it turned out she had never been pregnant at all, despite her bulging belly. Cristen and Caroline look into the mystery of pseucocyesis, better known as phantom pregnancy.

Understanding Miscarriage

Miscarriage is one of the most common pregnancy experiences, though rarely talked about openly. Cristen and Caroline provide an overview of what miscarriage entails, what causes it, what doesn't and its psychological repercussions of pregnancy loss for women and men.

Why are gender reveal parties popular?

In recent years, parents-to-be have given birth to a new baby celebration: the gender reveal party. Cristen and Caroline discuss what exactly they are, why they exist and the pros and cons of their fast-growing popularity.

Britain Has Royal Baby Fever Like It's 1688

The Western world is pretty much freaking out over the state of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's uterus. Reuters reports that royal baby fever already has netted the UK $380 million, thanks to sales of souvenirs and collectibles, tourism and party supplies for fake royal baby showers. There's even a Royal Baby App that promises user up-to-the-minute updates on the royal baby's crowning (kidding -- but it will send out alerts when the tiny he or she arrives), as well as photo opps of "first steps, public appearances, royal visits." Really, it seems like there hasn't been this level of public hubbub surrounding a royal birth since way back when in 1688...

In the mid-18th century, when Prussian Dorothea Erxleben-Leporin became the first female doctor in modern history, the medical profession was strictly off-limits to women because people thought it would be downright dangerous to their health. The intensive thinking and intellectualizing required would certainly send members of the fairer sex into hysteria and drain their fertility, so the pre-Enlightenment sexist rationale went; not to mention women lacked the physical strength to wield such impossibly imposing tools as handheld obstetrical forceps. Around 50 years after Erxleben-Leporin successfully petitioned the King of Prussia to grant her admission into medical school, Miranda Stuart was born in 1795. Stuart also wanted to become a doctor, but she took a shortcut around medical schools' no-women-allowed policies and began living as a man when she was 18.

In "Should women donate their breast milk?", Molly and I chat about what women do with excess breast milk they can't use. That inevitably led us to a mention the Baby Gaga ice cream that made a media splash earlier this year. The Icreamists shop in London sold breast milk-flavored ice cream for a whopping $22 per serving, due to that special ingredient that came from around 15 women selling their breast milk online.

Since 1941, American men have expressed a preference for sons over daughters. Gallup poll data stretching back decades reveal that the proportion of both men and women who say that they'd rather have a son than a daughter has barely fluctuated, always hovering around 40 percent.