Monthly Archives: November 2017

“I’m a Mom, and I Had an Abortion”

      By Phoebe Zerwick http://www.parents.com Five brave women share their stories with Parents.  In our country’s discussion of abortion, one group of women remains largely unseen: mothers. An assumption persists that abortion services are used largely by teenage girls and young, childless women. But mothers are in fact the majority of patients. Many of these women know what it means to be a parent. They have stayed up all night with a colicky baby, planned birthday parties and holiday gatherings, and juggled jobs and child care. And when they become pregnant unexpectedly, they think about what another child…

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Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women’s rights

The Guardian Thursday 27 July 2017 07.00 BST Last modified on Tuesday 8 August 2017 19.35 BST By Liz Ford Women have been joining forces to agitate for their right to a better life for centuries, but some of the most significant changes have occurred over the past four decades. It has been a journey of big leaps, small steps and setbacks. Four international women’s conferences, a bunch of UN resolutions and two sets of global goals have all played their part. Sexual health and reproductive rights remain the most contentious issue, with many women unable to control when and if they…

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Mother’s love

Some things are just good to do, with no expectation of a reward. Longer maternity leave is one of them. In a country as family-focused and family-loving as the Philippines, it’s sadly amazing that maternity leave is only a heartless 12 weeks. That puts it near the bottom of the list of countries that honor mothers. This is much lower than the 14 weeks recommended by the International Labor Organization (ILO). In Southeast Asia, employees are given up to 13.5 weeks. The most generous countries are Finland, Denmark and Norway, with an incredible 18-32 weeks. At the other end are…

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An Emergency Hysterectomy Saved This Mom’s Life After Childbirth

IMAGE jasminemendiola/Instagram   Nothing in life is as big a decision as to have kids. For entrepreneur and makeup artist Jasmine Mendiola, that decision came one year into the relationship with her partner Paolo. Although they were already parents — Paolo has two beautiful daughters, aged 17 and 12, and a 5-year-old son, and Jasmine has a 13-year-old son Mio (who is now cancer-free after being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at 5 years old) — the prospect of another baby brought joy to the couple.   In 2015, the dream came true when Jasmine gave birth to daughter Amelia Roux, who is now in…

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Forced to Work or Stay at Home, the Sacrifices Are Worth It, Moms Say

IMAGE XiXinXing/iStock   Earlier this month, we wrote about a study that showed women who voluntarily stayed home and those who willingly worked outside the home had higher satisfaction levels and were the most psychologically healthy. If they were forced into their status, the women were — no surprise — unhappy.   We posted the link on our Facebook page, and the comments section quickly filled up with stay-at-home moms and working mothers who were right where they want to be and those who needed to work or stay at home, voicing their sentiments on the piece.   “My ultimate dream is to become a…

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How to Teach Your Daughter Girl Power, According to This Self-Made Billionaire

Ask any parent what they want their child to be in the future, and they’ll answer “smart and successful.” It’s a tall order, but the good news is many successful individuals would say that a future billionaire doesn’t necessarily need to be brainy. In fact, academic performance is good, but it can’t be the sole benchmark of someone’s success. You know what else we need? More female role models for our daughters. We’ve shared a lot of tips from billionaires like Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce website Alibaba, and Injap Sia, founder of fast food chain Mang Inasal, in our previous articles, but it’s also essential to…

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Can My Baby Be Allergic to Breast Milk? Here’s Some Expert Advice

A lot of moms, if not all, would love to be able to breastfeed her baby. Not only is breast milk healthy for the little bundle of joy, but nursing also offers other benefits even those for the new mom. It is not a walk in the park, but many moms choose to persevere and brave through its challenges.   On Facebook, we got asked if one of those challenges could be an allergic reaction to breast milk, which was news to us. Here was the situation: A breastfed baby developed rashes. It couldn’t be the “food he eats” because…

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The 2017 Best Nanay awardees

DIRECT LINE By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) November 14, 2017 For the past four years, the Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation (MYNP) has honored the greatest women of our lives — our mothers. The awarding ceremony of the Best Nanay is usually held in October, which is also my birth month. This year, MYNP honored 10 Best Nanay awardees and introduced the first Licerna R. Abunda award, in honor of my mother.  The MYNP’s Best Nanay Awards 2017 was a night of tribute filled with songs and dances. The event held at Astoria Plaza in Ortigas was hosted by Karen Davila and Drew…

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7 Things Happy Moms Always Do

Having a child is really exciting yet challenging. Changing diapers, feeding the kids, and doing other household chores could take a toll on your self-worth, and there will surely be days when you will feel stressful and unhappy.  If you’ve been wondering why other moms seem to be unfazed by motherhood, here’s why: it’s all a matter of attitude! Here are practical and doable tips happy moms do that you can duplicate: 1. They create their own happiness journal Instead of complaining about the things that didn’t meet your expectations, why not write down the things that make you feel…

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How Work-at-Home Moms Can Better Manage Their Time

It’s a common misconception that work-at-home moms have it easy. But in reality, nothing is more challenging than balancing mommy duties and contributing to the family income. Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed. One of the great things about being a work-at-home mom is that you have control over your time. The key is to stay organized. You can either make a list of your tasks for the day or create a realistic schedule that you can stick to. When you have a routine, you won’t feel like you’re forgetting anything.  Here are a couple more tips to help you master the balancing act of…

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Make a Postpartum Care Plan. It Will Help You Survive the First Few Weeks

There are only some things we can control in life, and that’s why we have nine months of pregnancy: to give us time to prepare for childbirth. Many preggos now have birth plans they thoroughly discuss with their doctors. But we often neglect to create a detailed postpartum care plan or how to take care of yourself and the baby those stressful first days after you deliver. Ob-gyn Mariel S. Nevado-Gammad, M.D. stressed that whatever arrangements you’ve made to help you cope with the first few weeks of sleepless nights (also known as the fourth trimester), put it in writing. “It’s not…

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The Secret to Quality Bonding Time Doesn’t Cost a Single Centavo

Just like that, the Christmas gift-buying season is here once again. Stores are gearing up for sales and promos, and parents are looking out for the hottest toys to wrap up under the tree. While it’s a tradition in many households, Christmas shopping for some parents has a tinge of guilt.  “As mothers and fathers devote more time to work, a sense of guilt also colors parent-child relations… Consequently, many overcompensate,” said Steven Mintz, Ph.D., executive director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning, in an article for Psychology Today.  Buying expensive toys, scheduling costly family activities, or booking out-of-town trips are a few…

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Marriage Isn’t About Submission. It’s About Sharing a Life Together

On my wedding day, my sister teased my husband: “Good luck with her cooking…and making her obey.” I learned how to cook, but obey? Never.  To be fair, my husband knew what he was getting into when we got married. We were friends and officemates long before we started dating. We entered our marriage with equal ground – not husband leading the wife, or wife submitting to the husband, but just two equally strong (but clueless) newlyweds trying to make a life together.  We both had to work to pay the bills. We couldn’t afford a maid, so we split…

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What a Famous Psychologist Told Us About Raising Smart and Happy Kids

Dr. Peter Gray, a world acclaimed evolutionary psychologist, was a panelist in a forum when he was asked why play was important. He answered, “Because it makes children happy.” He was ignored for the rest of the discussion. In a succeeding forum, he was again asked the same question. This time, he responded differently: “Because it’s how children learn.” It got him more speaking time to elaborate on the developmental benefits of play.  The above goes to show that when it comes to matters about children, one will only get a room’s avid attention when you talk about how to…

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Breakthrough Study Gives Hope To Treat Recurring Miscarriages

One in 100 women suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), defined as the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies, and over one-half of these cases remain unexplained. But, for the first time ever, scientists may have pinpointed one of the major causes of multiple miscarriages.  Based on examined tissue samples of womb lining from 183 women who have had recurrent miscarriages, researchers from the University of Warwick in the U.K. discovered these women lacked a type of stem cells in their womb lining, which caused the repeated loss of pregnancies. In fact, study lead author Dr. Jan Brosens, a professor of obstetrics…

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Doctors Told Her She’ll Never Have a Baby. She Proved Them Wrong

IMAGE Nicole Hollander-Guidotti Nicole Guidotti knew she wanted to be a mom. But since she was only 25 when she and her husband got married she thought they could take their time trying for a baby. After a year of trying, Nicole decided to consult an ob-gyn. “It was the first in a string of doctors that I would end up seeing,” she recalled. She found out that she had polycystic ovaries and was advised to try and get pregnant soon.It turns out Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) was the least of her problems. In Nicole’s nine-year journey to pregnancy, she found…

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Moms Who Are Forced To Stay Home Are Most Unhappy, Study Shows

IMAGE Lighthaunter/iStock Some moms would drop everything, including a blossoming career, after having kids. For other moms, however, the choice isn’t easy. A one-parent-income family today might have difficulty making ends meet, so she decides to work. But it’s so difficult to find good, reliable, and trustworthy help these days that often, she has no choice but to stay at home.  Some moms, though, feel that a stay-at-home life isn’t for them. As evidenced by the number of comments on Doug and Chesca Kramer‘s controversial postabout their own family setup, many moms strongly feel that they can bring something else to the…

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Are We Equipping Young People to Combat Sexual Harassment and Assault?

It seems like just about every day, we hear about another case of sexual assault or harassment perpetrated by powerful men from Hollywood to D.C. to New York. The Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal has drawn renewed attention to older scandals, like the ongoing sexual harassment case against Bill O’Reilly, and has helped to unearth new ones. While overly explicit at times, the media’s coverage of these cases is as important as the #metoo social media campaign in giving victims a voice and exposing their victimizers. But lasting cultural change ultimately depends on the next generation—the young men and women coming up behind us, our sons and…

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