Give Dad A Hand This Father's Day

 father and son smiling at the beachIt's taken a long time, decades in fact, but there is real change in the lives of fathers. Finally....more

What Could A Postpartum Doula Do For You?

While childbirth is certainly a near- universal experience for women, we know that it can vary widely from mother to mother.  Not only that, no two deliveries are exactly the same - the arrival of my son was so very different from the arrival of my daughter.  This makes me very curious to know what people who see lots of new families at the very beginning may have observed.  When I met with Shannon Collier, founder of Holistic Helping Hand, I knew she could tell me....more

When Will the Senate Get Serious About Paid Family Leave?

Before fleeing town for their five week vacation, a handful of Senators paid a little attention to the startling fact that most U.S. women cannot count on single day of paid leave when they have a baby. Practically all other countries allow women several months to recover from childbirth before returning to work and provide some income replacement during this time as well. Many countries also afford new fathers paid leave too. Image Credit: Cliff1066 via Flickr...more
It's high time we caught up to the rest of the world in acknowledging family structures have ...more

Boomer to Mets Player: Real Men Don't Miss Baseball Games for the Birth of their Babies!

I've heard a lot of stupid things in my day, but Boomer Esiason stating that Daniel Murphy, an infielder for the New York Mets, was wrong for taking paternity leave for the birth of his child seems to take the cake. He went so far as to suggest that Murphy's wife should have scheduled a c-section so Murphy wouldn't have to miss the first two games of the year. No, really. I can't even. I can't—but these memes sure can....more
Daniel Murphy is a true champion for letting his wife and child have the spotlight and focus of ...more

Bloomberg did not discriminate against women by treating new mothers the same as other leave-takers

Article first published as Judge: Bloomberg Did Not Discriminate Against Women on Blogcritics. ...more

Do You Work? maternity leave keeps women coming back

I've been thinking a lot lately about being a stay-at-home mom. I am one and have been for 8 years now. I am exceedingly thankful and happy to be here and wouldn't trade the time I've spent with my three kids; especially the tiny baby time....more

Up with Washington State's Quest for Paid Parental Leave

This weekend at BlogHer in Chicago, I asked keynote speaker Elizabeth Edwards how she felt about childcare. My position, and that of many fellow BlogHers, is that childcare impacts everyone, as those who don’t have access to it can’t participate in the workforce. ...more

Do parents need time to spend home with young children? Yes. Will it help alleviate some of ...more