We dream for our children

My children are 10 years apart in age, and one thing that has struck me since Maeve’s birth almost 13 years ago is how much more complicated the world grows as they get older. When children are small, you can … Continue reading

Putting motherhood on the clock

One of Hanna Rosin’s grievances against breast-feeding in “The Case Against Breast-Feeding,” her article last year in The Atlantic, is that it prevents women from doing work that would be more productive, or at least more lucrative. “It is a serious … Continue reading


Amber Strocel is one of my favorite bloggers. A Vancouver, B.C. “crunchy granola mom” (and engineer), Strocel writes with equal aplomb about the pleasures of domesticity and more serious issues like Internet privacy. Strocel also writes a good bit about childbirth, and one … Continue reading

The latest edition of doctors’ book on birth

Often, the annual meeting of a medical group produces a flurry of scientific papers, but the meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists seems more like, say, a bunch of writers  getting together. (I attended the 2009 meeting … Continue reading

The Goodriches one year later

Charles Moses Goodrich celebrated his first birthday on Sunday with several of his “moms,” the women who joined together to breastfeed the little boy after his mother, Susan, died of an amniotic fluid embolism hours after his birth, one year … Continue reading