childbirth

Stuff Mom Never Told You about C-Sections

Past Stuff Mom Never Told You guest and Longest Shortest Time podcast host Hillary Frank tasked us with a mission: find out why we care so much about c-sections and why that guilt persists. And, oh baby, did we learn a lot.

Podcasting Women: The Longest Shortest Time

Bedridden following a difficult childbirth, radio producer and author Hillary Frank started a podcast as a "3 a.m. bedside companion" for parents like her who might feel alone in navigating new motherhood and fatherhood. Cristen talks with Hillary about the evolution of The Longest Shortest Time, childbirth taboos and tips for bridging the parent vs. non-parent divide.

If Judd Apatow had decided to film "Knocked Up" as a period comedy set in 1938, that scene might not have made the final cut since Seth Rogan and his cronies wouldn't be anywhere near the laboring Katherine Heigl. At that time, barely half of American births were even happening in hospitals, and they were largely all-female affairs.

Gallup poll finds American men prefer sons

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.

Childbirth Changes Moms' Brains

Having a baby bring about a host of changes in new moms' lives -- and their brains. A recent neuroimaging study suggests that women experience gray matter growth in certain brain regions during the first few months of motherhood. The added gray matter volume was concentrated in the prefrontal cortex, parietal lobes and midbrain areas that are associated with maternal care. Mothers who openly doted on their babies the most showed the greatest amount of gray matter growth, indicating that the neurological adjustment is the body's way of prepping women to be good mothers.