For ProvidersThe Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood By Barbara AlmondMixed feelings about motherhood—uncertainty over having a child, fears of pregnancy and childbirth, or negative thoughts about one’s own children—are not just hard to discuss, they are a powerful social taboo. Barbara Almond brings this troubling issue to light. She uncovers the roots of…

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We know it all too well, don’t we? The pressure to be that perfect mother. The one who is smiling in the grocery store, who looks like she has it all together? The one who is a full-time stay-at-home mother or a full-time working mom and all of the posts on Instagram are of smiling…

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It can happen to anyone. We make a mistake and we get down on ourselves. We say things like “I should have known better,” or worse yet, “I’m so stupid. I always make the worst decisions.” Regardless of the exact words we say to ourselves, making a mistake or not predicting a left turn in…

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Could you tell us about yourself and your family?My funky little family consists of my son (Little Padraig), and my two partners (Big Padraig and Nic), and me. All three of us adults are some flavor of gender non-conforming–I am a trans man, Nic is non-binary trans masculine (identifies as masculine-of-center but not male), and…

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A small qualitative study published in the March 2017 issue of Perspective, the journal of Britain’s National Childbirth Trust (NCT), focused on the experiences of the non-birth mother in a lesbian partnership. The hetero-normative language used around pregnancy and birth was a meta-theme that arose within each sub-theme the researcher identified. For the purposes of…

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I wanted to write something truly profound and thought provoking. Really, I did. I wanted to talk to you about getting help when you need it and remind you that there are people who can support you in the first months after having a baby. I wanted to tell you to give yourself some grace,…

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