‘These were babies, not numbers’: New website documents deaths in mother and baby homes (The Journal)

The Journal (Ireland): ‘These were babies, not numbers’: New website documents deaths in mother and baby homes. “INSPIRED BY HIS own family’s connection to Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork, Daniel Loftus has committed to compiling an online database that documents all the people who died in these institutions in Ireland. The 18-year-old student started Project Infant in July and is currently going through records for various mother and baby homes, county homes and other institutions in a bid to compile a comprehensive list of all the mothers and children who died there.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Some women extend breastfeeding to get COVID antibodies into their babies

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Some women extend breastfeeding to get COVID antibodies into their babies. “At just 19 months old, Ashley Bournias’ son, Theodore, is too young to receive any of the COVID vaccines. But Ms. Bournias has found a way to give him some protection against the virus: through antibodies in her breast milk…. Ms. Bournias, of McCandless, is part of a group of women sometimes referred to as long-haul breastfeeders, who are continuing to breastfeed longer than they had planned, in order to protect their toddlers from COVID-19.”

NPR: Moms Describe Preparing For Another Pandemic School Year

NPR: Moms Describe Preparing For Another Pandemic School Year. “One year ago, August 2020, I got on the phone with some other moms. We were all staring down the back-to-school season in the middle of a pandemic. Our kids were reporting to school in their pajamas in front of a laptop. Well, somehow we all managed to navigate an academic year like no other – same for teachers, who we heard from on the program yesterday. Today we are going to check back with a couple of those moms, share some thoughts as we gear up once again for a school year that is not looking normal. Dominique Spencer, you first. You have two kids. You run a child care center in Washington, D.C. What grade are your kids now going into?” 8 minutes of audio with transcript.

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah mothers share how it feels living ‘on the edge’ during COVID-19

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah mothers share how it feels living ‘on the edge’ during COVID-19. “Janel Hulbert was juggling her part-time customer service job with her four children’s schooling when her 4-year-old son was left unattended on a school bus for nearly two hours after being picked up for preschool in September. ‘That was the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ the 37-year-old mother said. Hulbert, who lives in Roy, quit her job to focus on her family. And she’s not sure when — or if — she’ll look for another one.”

Harvard Business Review: How AI Could Help Doctors Reduce Maternal Mortality

Harvard Business Review: How AI Could Help Doctors Reduce Maternal Mortality. “The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of all high-income countries. Compared to women in Canada and France, women in the United States are twice as likely to die from childbirth complications. This crisis is especially pronounced in ethnic and racial minority populations: Black and Native American women in the United States are much more likely to perish from pregnancy-related complications than their white counterparts and are more likely to suffer severe maternal morbidity due to postpartum hemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, and sepsis.”

We’re back to panicking’: Moms are hit hardest with camps, day cares and schools closing again (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘We’re back to panicking’: Moms are hit hardest with camps, day cares and schools closing again. “Panic is setting in among America’s 46 million parents of children under 12 as plans for in-person day care and schooling are getting disrupted yet again from the rise of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus. While children do not tend to face the worst complications from the virus, they do get sick and spread the virus, which can close down camps, school and day care for weeks. All of this is happening just as many employers are demanding workers return to the office. When children have to stay home, the burden typically falls on moms.”

82% of fathers say they could have used more emotional support during pandemic — 68% of mothers say the same: study (CNBC)

CNBC: 82% of fathers say they could have used more emotional support during pandemic — 68% of mothers say the same: study. “Parents could use some extra support during the pandemic, both emotional and logistical. But fathers are significantly more likely to say they need emotional support throughout the pandemic than mothers, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association.”

Washington University in St. Louis: School closures ‘sideline’ working mothers

Washington University in St. Louis: School closures ‘sideline’ working mothers. “Decades of feminist gains in the workforce have been undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has upended public education across the United States, a critical infrastructure of care that parents — especially mothers — depend on to work, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.”

New York Times: The Primal Scream

New York Times: The Primal Scream. “The pandemic has touched every group of Americans, and millions are suffering, hungry and grieving. But many mothers in particular get no space or time to recover. The impact is not just about mothers’ fate as workers, though the economic fallout of these pandemic years might have lifelong consequences. The pandemic is also a mental health crisis for mothers that fervently needs to be addressed, or at the very least acknowledged.”

New York Times: Three American Mothers, On The Brink

New York Times: Three American Mothers, On The Brink. “Three mothers, in three different parts of the country. They are stressed, burned out, unraveling at the seams the pandemic has exposed. We began following them in September. The mothers have kept logs of their time — by text, email and audio — and sat for dozens of interviews. What has emerged is a story of chaos and resilience, resentment and persistence, and of course, hope. In other words: What it means to be a mother.”

New York Times: 18 Days After Giving Birth, Woman Dies From Covid-19

New York Times: 18 Days After Giving Birth, Woman Dies From Covid-19. “Erika Becerra was eight months pregnant when she learned she had tested positive for the coronavirus. Almost immediately after she got the result, her body began aching, she developed a fever and she felt tightness in her chest. When she began having trouble breathing, her husband called for an ambulance. Three days later, on Nov. 15, she gave birth in a Detroit hospital to a healthy boy, Diego. She never got to hold him, her brother told KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.”

When Schools Closed, Americans Turned to Their Usual Backup Plan: Mothers (New York Times)

New York Times: When Schools Closed, Americans Turned to Their Usual Backup Plan: Mothers. “Today, even though most mothers are employed and fathers have increased the hours they spend on housework and child care, women still spend about an hour more a day on each. Moreover, when unexpected demands pop up — like a child who is home sick or a work meeting that conflicts with child care duties — mothers prioritize the home front, research shows. As a result, men’s careers aren’t slowed by family caregiving needs nearly as much as women’s are.”

ProPublica: State Investigating Hospital With Coronavirus Policy That Profiled Pregnant Native American Mothers and Separated Them From Newborns

ProPublica: State Investigating Hospital With Coronavirus Policy That Profiled Pregnant Native American Mothers and Separated Them From Newborns. “Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited ‘significant, awful allegations’ in a ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth story on a hospital where clinicians said pregnant Native women were singled out for COVID-19 testing and separated from newborns after delivery.”