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The Best Baby-Friendly Policy

I loathe the term cluster feed. Ever heard of it? My second night postpartum, I asked my nurse to take my son to the nursery so that I could sleep. She shook her head and said that Baby-Friendly hospitals encourage rooming in so that babies can cluster feed. Come again? By this time, I’d been awake for nearly […]

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What To Expect When You’re Beyoncé :: A Twin Pregnancy Guide

Dear Beyoncé, I have always known the time would come when you’d need my advice. You didn’t feel the need to consult me when you decided to break away from the other Destiny’s Children? Totally Fine. My soothing Lady-Vandross contralto wasn’t “right” for the “B’Day” sessions? No hard feelings. (But we both know it’s because […]

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Birds and Bees — Having the Sex Talk with Your Kids

A few weeks ago at the park, I overheard a mom ask a friend what she thought of using the word “vagina” with her kids. My (somewhat judgmental, I admit) ears perked up as they discussed this. I was truly shocked. Here were these two educated-seeming women who were genuinely afraid of using the correct term […]

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Willfully Ignorant: Sex & Gender

I wasn’t one of those people who always wanted a baby, so when I decided to get pregnant there was a lot I hadn’t thought about. One of the biggies was whether I wanted to know the sex of the thing growing inside of me. There was no question for my husband. He wanted as […]

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