Now live: MMO Pregnancy & Childbirth issue
The February/March edition of the Mothers Movement Online
is now live and ready for your reading pleasure. In addition to my editor's
notes -- in which I own up to the
distractions of grassroots activism and the impact it's had on the web
site's publication schedule -- the current issue features an interview with Judy Norsigian of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective on the concept for the new Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
Werthan Buttenwieser's interview with childbirth educator and author Lisa Gould Rubin (who explains why it's
problematic to "normalize" one particular childbirth model), and
several outstanding essays, including Unforgettable, Cater-Ann
Mahdavi's lucid and compassionate account of the life-altering impact of
In the Noteworthy section, you'll find summaries of research and reports on recent fertility trends in the United States, employed mothers' child care arrangements and expenditures, American children's living arrangements in families, and a recent study from the US Census series on maternity leave and employment patterns of first-time mothers from 1961-2003. An unsurprising finding from the maternity leave report is that today's first-time mothers are older, more educated, and more likely to be employed before and during pregnancy than new mothers thirty years ago.
Also in Noteworthy, my report on the latest attempt to meddle with the Family & Medical Leave Act to give employers more control over when and how eligible workers are allowed to take FMLA leave, and a summary of a research analysis by two social scientists from the Council on Contemporary Families, who propose that rather than pointing to evidence of a stalled revolution, the slow but steady rise in men's contribution to housework and child care over the last twenty-five years should be acknowledged as significant progress toward gender equality. Yeah, I'll get right on that -- as soon as I remind my husband (again) to throw in a load of laundry while he's watching the basketball game.
The topic of the April/May issue is
The Mothers Movement in the
After the dust-up over my endorsement
of Barack Obama on the MMO web site, I received a supportive letter from a
reader in Sydney, Australia on why electoral and local politics really do
matter to the future of women and families, and why mothers need to get more involved
Read and enjoy.