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.
Just when we thought we had everything figured out about magically predicting how the sexual organs inside a fetus will turn out (barring telepathy -- although I could probably sell a TV series called "Mind Reading Mommies" faster than you can say 'breastfeeding'), some Japanese scientists had to come along and shake things right back up like a hysterical baby rattle.
Teen parents are more likely to produce boys while middle-aged parents are more like to produce girls. Satoshi Kanazawa over at Psychology Today breaks down this pattern by the numbers and comes up with a couple stunning observations:
Diapers would seem to be an indispensable necessity for new babies, but some people argue that they're wasteful and unnecessary. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss baby poop, elimination communication and the pros and cons of diapers.
Like placenta, the blood contained in the umbilical cord isn't always considered a waste product of birth. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss why some people choose to save their baby's cord blood -- and where they store it.
There's a prevalent belief that children need both a father and a mother for healthy development, but a recent study suggests otherwise. Learn more about parenting and gender in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
For some people, placenta isn't just a byproduct of birth to be disposed of. They use it in a variety of ways, including consumption. In this episode, Molly and Cristen ponder the ways women use placenta after giving birth -- and why.