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.”

‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce (The Lily)

The Lily: ‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce. “If day cares closed because of the novel coronavirus, Aimee Rae Hannaford expected her family to fare better than most. She worked full time as the chief executive of a tech company while her husband stayed home. He’d been taking some time off from his own tech career, managing a rental property while considering his options. He could look after their 3-year-old son, she thought — at least for a while. ‘That lasted a grand total of three days,’ Hannaford said.”

Quartz: The dark reason new mothers share photos of their kids on Facebook

Quartz: The dark reason new mothers share photos of their kids on Facebook. “Why would a busy and exhausted new mother use valuable time to craft the perfect baby photo for Facebook? Moreover, why should she care so much about how these ‘friends’—some of whom are family and close friends, but many of whom are mere acquaintances —respond to photos of her baby? To connect. Being a new mother can be lonely and overwhelming.”

BBC: Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads

BBC: Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads. “The mother of a stillborn child has called on tech companies to rethink how they target ads after she was inundated with baby-related promotions. Gillian Brockell wrote to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Experian, saying if they were smart enough to deduce she had been pregnant, they should have realised her baby had died.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Pro-breastfeeding communities empower new moms

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Pro-breastfeeding communities empower new moms. “Social media can positively influence breastfeeding related attitudes, knowledge and behavior, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Breastfeeding support groups on social media create a sense of community for new moms to share experiences and support each other in the breastfeeding practice and could be considered pillars of support for new moms.”

EurekAlert: NYU researchers awarded $6.3 million NIH grant to create video data library of infants and mothers at play

EurekAlert: NYU researchers awarded $6.3 million NIH grant to create video data library of infants and mothers at play . “The National Institutes of Health announced a $6,341,419 grant to support the Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project–a collaborative research initiative by 65 researchers from 45 universities across the United States and Canada. PLAY will focus on the behaviors of infants and mothers during natural activity in their homes, providing an unprecedented corpus of data, and using an innovative, transparent approach to science… This first-of-its-kind corpus will be shareable and searchable with data spanning domains from language to locomotion, gender to gesture, and object play to emotion.”

The Guardian: OED’s new words include ‘mansplaining’ but steer clear of ‘poomageddon’

The Guardian: OED’s new words include ‘mansplaining’ but steer clear of ‘poomageddon’. “From ‘poonami’ to ‘shitastrophy’, the venerable editors of the Oxford English Dictionary found themselves deluged with words relating to the explosive contents of nappies when they turned to parenting forum Mumsnet to ask which words and phrases should be considered for inclusion in their latest update.”

BetaNews: Google Photos gets ‘Mother’s Day Movies’ feature

BetaNews: Google Photos gets ‘Mother’s Day Movies’ feature . “If your mom — or any mother in your life — is tech-savvy and uses a computer, Google Photos has a new feature that could really make her day. Called ‘Mother’s Day Movies,’ it prompts you to select multiple photos of the mom and her children from your Google Photos library. The service then creates a “movie” using the images, which you can share with her.”

New Site for Finding Midwives and Doulas in Delaware

A new Web site helps citizens of Delaware find midwives and doulas. “Sarah Culver, a local doula, launched The Lighthouse Birth Collective in early November, which lists licensed certified midwives and nurse midwives that facilitate home births in Delaware, doulas and how to contact them. Doulas assist women non-medically before, during and after childbirth.”