BuzzFeed News: She Was Single. She Wanted A Baby. So She Did It Herself.

BuzzFeed News: She Was Single. She Wanted A Baby. So She Did It Herself.. “In recent years, SMBCs have formed small but rich and tight-knit online communities like the 4,000-member-strong Single Mother by Choice subreddit, where they help one another navigate the complexities of this path. Topics include how to find a sperm donor, what to say to your friends and family, whether to do insemination through a fertility clinic or the ‘DIY’ method, and how to prepare your finances for a child.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online

Digital Library of Georgia: Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online. “The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla, Georgia, and the Digital Library of Georgia have worked together to digitize and present online the birth registers of the mothers and babies born at the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home between 1949-1971.”

Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions

Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions. “Social media has become a platform for new mothers to openly share their experiences of the joys and challenges of parenthood. Researchers at Penn State and Dalhousie University have unraveled the sentiments in nursing mothers’ tweets to better understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors. They hope the findings can inform policies and interventions to support and improve resources for nursing mothers, such as breastfeeding support, workplace accommodations and technological aids such as apps.”

New York Times: Real Life Horror Stories From the World of Pandemic Motherhood

New York Times: Real Life Horror Stories From the World of Pandemic Motherhood. “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted this spring for the express purpose of providing workers with expanded family and sick leaves for reasons related to Covid-19 and its accompanying school and child care closings. But between April and June, caregiver-related calls to our hotline at the Center for WorkLife Law, which provides legal resources to help workers claim workplace accommodations and family leaves, increased 250 percent compared to the same time last year. We’ve heard from lots and lots of workers, many of them mothers. And the stories they’re sharing make it clear that Families First is falling short.”

EurekAlert: Apps help with breastfeeding — at a cost

EurekAlert: Apps help with breastfeeding — at a cost. “The objective approach of most infant feeding (IF) apps gives mothers a perception of greater control, confidence and efficiency at a time of transition and stress in the early stages of parenting an infant, the study found. However, with more than 100 such apps available, the mobile content can also present new mums with another set of potential worries, including feeling overwhelmed by the information, concerns about over-reliance on the app, and even questioning the app’s advice.”

CNET: Facebook apologizes for showing baby product ads to woman who lost her child

CNET: Facebook apologizes for showing baby product ads to woman who lost her child. “Facebook has apologized after a British woman who lost her child continued to see baby product ads after changing her advertising preference on the site. Anna England-Kerr found that her feed ‘was filled with ads for baby things’ despite using the social media site to share the news that her daughter had been stillborn and changing her settings to avoid such advertising, she wrote in an open letter to the company.”

Research: New Mothers and Facebook Postings

What kind of new moms post the most to Facebook? “The study looked at a specific group of moms – highly educated, mostly married Midwestern women who had full-time jobs – and found that those who felt societal pressure to be perfect moms and who identified most strongly with their motherhood role posted more frequently than others to Facebook. These same mothers who posted most frequently also reported stronger emotional reactions to comments on the photos they posted of their new baby – such as feeling bad if they didn’t get enough positive comments.”