Tag: motherhood

After Backlash, Nike Puts Protections for Pregnant Athletes in Writing

Alysia Montano runs in the Women’s 800 Meter during Day 1 of the 2017 USA Track & Field Championships on June 22, 2017 in Sacramento, California.Photo: Andy Lyons (Getty Images) Protections for their pregnant athletes? After facing criticism for not including allowances for maternity and postnatal leave in its sponsorship contracts, Nike has decided to […]

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They Get It From Their Mamas, Too: How Some of Our Favorite Celebs Celebrated Mother’s Day

(l-r) Diana Ross (L) and Tracee Ellis Ross attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, poses with her newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England; Sandra Layne (l) and KiKi Layne attend the 91st […]

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‘Cuz She’s Your Favorite Girl: Very-Last-Minute, Love-You-More-Than-Anything Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifting

Photo: iStock Did you forget? Freeze up? Been feeling broke? Or have options just been feeling flat when it comes to honoring the mother(s) in your life? Whatever your reason, if you now find yourself scrambling to find a Mother’s Day gift that makes an impact, never fear: The Glow Up is here! If you’ve […]

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Save Our Moms: Lena Waithe Joins MTV and the Black Mamas Matter Alliance to Fight Black Maternal Mortality

MTV/YouTube Of the many ways in which the United States has long been considered a global leader, there is one which is deeply shameful. “In the past three decades in the U.S., the number of women who die from pregnancy-related complications has more than doubled,” says Lena Waithe, in a new PSA . “Over half […]

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In the Face of the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis, This Doula Is Providing Expectant Mothers With the Support and Care They Desperately Deserve

The story has to be told in such a way where we’re not making people lose hope. The specific “story” Chanel Porchia-Albert is referring to is that of the black maternal mortality crisis. She knows all about the daunting statistics surrounding black motherhood as a mother of six and the CEO of Ancient Song Doula […]

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For Essence’s Mother’s Day Issue, Diddy and Family Pay Tribute to Kim Porter

(l-r) Quincy, Jessie, Christian, Diddy, Chance, D’Lila and Justin; Center cover, clockwise from top center: D’Lila, Diddy, Chance and Jessie.Photo: Dana Scruggs (Essence Communications) “Puffy, take care of my babies.” Sean “Diddy” Combs tells Essence that longtime love Kim Porter said those words three days before her sudden death from pneumonia last November, after sending […]

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Breastfeeding Mother Hit with $115 Ticket for Breastfeeding in Midtown NYC Traffic

Image: Getty Images Guillermina Rodriguez, a mother of four, found space to pull over after it took her about an hour to get from 42nd to 30th street in midtown Manhattan. She had a crying three-week-old baby crying in the back seat. “Even though I saw it was a commercial area I’m like, ‘I’m not […]

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Mommy & Me: Serena Williams and Olympia Ohanian Are the Pick-Me-Up We Need Today

Screenshot: Pampers (YouTube) True Confession Time: Sometimes, when we’re having a particularly terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, we’ll skim the Instagram feeds of some of our favorite famous families for a pick-me-up—and Serena Williams and daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian never disappoint. Everyone recognizes Serena as a fierce competitor and savvy entrepreneur, but her […]

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Challenges for Moms Who Have OCD

I have written before about the challenges children face, and the lessons they can learn, when one of their parents is dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In this post I’d like to focus more on moms who have OCD, and the difficulties they might deal with. I won’t be focusing on postpartum OCD, but rather on […]

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Alfre Woodard Proves the Party Don’t Stop after Motherhood in Netflix’s Juanita

Who said that life ends after giving birth? And furthermore, why are adult children so damned ungrateful to their mothers in the first place? I’m no mother, but if Beyoncé can head a clothing line, a production company and sit on top of an empire, all while having have three kids, then your kids can […]

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How Busy Working Moms Can Take Meaningful Breaks

When you’re a working mom, it can easily feel like you have no time for genuinely restorative breaks—or any break for that matter. Which can quickly lead to everything from resentment to burnout. But mothering doesn’t have to be one massive hustle without any respite. We just think it does. And these narratives dictate how […]

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