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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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76% Women and Working Mothers in Philippines Still Experience Workplace Discrimination

May 16, 2017 Workplace discrimination is still rife in the Philippines, with an alarming 76 percent of female respondents admitting they deal with inequality and prejudice on a daily basis, according to a Monster.com study. Despite 84 percent of Filipino women believing both men and women have the same opportunities to advance in their careers, 69 percent are planning to look for a new job within the next 12 months. The main reasons for this are financial concerns (40 percent) and needing more flexible working arrangements (17 percent). But discriminatory behaviour in the office also plays a part in Filipino…

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Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father, say scientists

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/children-intelligence-iq-mother-inherit-inheritance-genetics-genes-a7345596.html February 2, 2017 Charlotte England Genes for cleverness are carried on the X chromosome and may be deactivated if they come from the father A mother’s genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference.  Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one. But in addition to this, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions which are inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated. A category of genes known as…

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Balancing Motherhood and Career

http://loveandfidelity.org A Response to WSJ article “Mother Madness” by Cassy Hough It has been my experience in working with many young college women, that even for the young college sophomore, for whom marriage is likely still another five to ten years down the road, the question surrounding balancing motherhood with a professional career is a relevant and highly significant one.  While these young women may heed the advice of professors and parents and become lawyers, get their Ph.D.s, and climb the corporate ladder, there remains in the back of their mind the question of how to “have it all” both…

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Survey Results: Motherhood and Fashion

A couple of years ago I realised I had been wearing a variation of the same outfit, day in, day out for ages. Since having my little boys, I had well and truly fallen into a fashion rut, and it felt dark and lonely down there. On a mission to dig my way out, I consulted my usual go-to fashion resources – magazines – and hardly found a thing I could possibly wear to the playground. Within the 350 pages of gloss and promise, I would perhaps find one or two images or ideas that could apply to my day-to-day fashion…

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Scientists Reveal the Best Age for Motherhood

https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/scientists-reveal-the-best-age-for-motherhood-284960/ Raising a child is a precious and wonderful journey that can bring happiness and joy as well as challenges and worries, regardless of your age. So is there such a thing as the “right time” to become a mom? New research has found that getting pregnant after the age of 35 has great benefits. The average age of women becoming mothers for the first time keeps going up. And this is not just a matter of fashion. Women in their 30s and 40s feel much safer and more determined, and they are more likely to be secure in their relationship and career. Historically, pregnancy after the age of 35 is considered risky. However, science is discovering new benefits related to late pregnancies. It has been previously proven…

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Embracing The Mess Of Motherhood

  Nina Parrish, Contributor Mom, educator, and founder of Parrish Learning Zone Maybe motherhood was never about controlling every detail, but an exercise in letting go.     Motherhood is messy. It’s a belly that strains the buttons on pants until they pop off and nothing in your closet fits anymore. Stretch marks appear on hips, white and purple lines like the rivers on a map. It’s a stranger at Wal-Mart who insists that you are having twins, tomorrow, when you are not due for three more months. It’s the constant worry of eat this not that and the struggle…

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Being a Mother: An Important Role of a Woman

The pivotal role of being a mother is still the divine mission assigned to women alone.  From a classic poem written by William Ross Wallace entitled ‘What Rules the World’, he said that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. It illustrates the influence a mother plays to her child and in the long run to the society; that as a mother strives to nurture and teach a child, she explicitly makes the world a much better place. Women are actually given an opportunity and a privilege by God to be His partner in…

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New truths about Filipino moms

      May 26, 2016   Mother’s Day has come and gone, but in a meeting of communications professionals that I recently attended, someone expressed his observation that, here in the Philippines, “Every day is Mother’s Day.” He added that, perhaps, “Mother’s Day is bigger than Valentine’s Day.” There may be a grain of truth there, as not everyone will be inclined to celebrate Valentine’s Day—no matter how “sentimental” and “emotional” Filipinos are observed to be—but, in this culture, it is tantamount to a mortal sin to not pay some sort of tribute to our mothers on Mother’s Day….

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This New Study Says Working Moms Are a Big Reason Why Kids Have All the Power Nowadays

Because apparently this means we have more money to win our kids’ affection. By Audrey Goodson Kingo February 4, 2017 http://www.workingmother.com Does your kid rule the roost? You could be the reason, these economists suggest. Ask any parent, young or old, and they will likely agree: Today’s kids have far more autonomy than those of previous generations. (How many times have you heard your great uncle remind you that parents weren’t afraid to take a switch to their children back in the good ‘ol days?) Whether this “child-centric” approach to parenting is a good or bad thing is a subject…

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6 Creative Pregnancy Announcements

Katie – Wellness Mama July 9, 2017 https://wellnessmama.com Pregnancy is such an exciting time! From finding out that you are pregnant, through the various stages of pregnancy (some not so fun), to the birth of your child, there is so much to learn and experience. Some couples wait until the second trimester to announce a pregnancy, while others can’t wait to share the news right away. If you are pregnant (congratulations!) and looking for a fun way to tell family and friends, here are a few suggestions: 6 Creative Pregnancy Announcements 1. Say it With Video I always wanted to announce…

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Shattering Six Common Pregnancy and Childbirth Fears

Katie – Wellness Mama July 19, 2017 https://wellnessmama.com Psssst. I want to let you in on a little secret. If you’re feeling a little, well, freaked out about all the weird or scary things that might happen during birth, you’re not alone. I remember spending tons of time researching and reading and attempting to empower myself before going into labor with my son, and still having a major case of the jitters. There were just so many unknowns; I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be ready. Of course, it didn’t really matter if I was ready, because that baby was…

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The job that makes us happiest? Housewife! Survey finds stay-at-home mothers are more satisfied than any other profession

By Steve Doughty for the Daily Mail 10 June 2016 It is confirmation of what many weary commuters have secretly suspected. Research has found that stay-at-home mothers are happier than those who go out to work. The survey said that if staying at home with the children were counted as a job, it would rank as having happier workers than any other trade or profession. Only one in seven stay-at-home parents say they are dissatisified with their role, a level of unhappiness that is less than half that found among civil servants or salesmen and women.                          Research has found…

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3 Truths About C-Section Mamas

THE BLOG http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monet-moutrie 04/20/2015 08:50 am ET | Updated Jun 20, 2015 By Monet Moutrie As a birth photographer, I’m asked to capture some of the most important stories of a family’s life. I step into their birthing space and document the small and big moments that unfold. I tell the story of their son or daughter’s entrance into the world. The struggles, the fears, the pain, the joy. These stories are beautiful stories.   But in the birth world, I see a certain type of birth held up as ideal, and in my work I capture many that would…

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The Birth of a Mother

By ALEXANDRA SACKS, M.D.MAY 8, 2017 Source: https://www.nytimes.com For most women, pregnancy and new motherhood is a joy — at least some of the time. But most mothers also experience worry, disappointment, guilt, competition, frustration, and even anger and fear. As the psychiatrist Daniel Stern explained in the 1990s in his books “The Motherhood Constellation” and “The Birth of a Mother,” giving birth to a new identity can be as demanding as giving birth to a baby. Dr. Stern showed that becoming a mother is an identity shift, and one of the most significant physical and psychological changes a woman…

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Mother-to-child transmission of HIV data and statistics

Source: www.who.int > Percentage of pregnant women who received an HIV test in low- and middle-income countries by region, 2005 and 2009–2011 (BAR CHART) > Estimated coverage of antiretroviral medicines (excluding single-dose nevirapine) for preventing mother-to-child transmission in 20 priority countries in the Global Plan, 2012 (BAR CHART) > Percentage of pregnant women living with HIV and infants born to them who received antiretroviral medicine for preventing mother-to-child transmission, 2007–2011 (LINE CHART) Percentage of pregnant women who received an HIV test in low- and middle-income countries by region, 2005 and 2009–2011   Estimated coverage of antiretroviral medicines (excluding single-dose nevirapine)…

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The Effects of Bad Parenting on Children

Source: http://oureverydaylife.com/ by Eliza Martinez   Bad parenting can cause emotional issues in your child No parent is perfect and you’ll likely make some mistakes, both big and small, as you raise your child. This is just a normal part of parenting and isn’t likely to have lasting effects on your kid, as long as you work hard not to repeat the mistakes. However, consistently poor parenting can have negative consequences during childhood and beyond. Understanding them helps you make the best decisions you can for your child. Behavior Research at the Department of Education in England found that children…

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TRIVIA: Mothers and Mother’s Day

Dada Grifon Published 8:30 AM, May 11, 2014 Updated 6:28 PM, May 6:28 PM, May 12, 2014 As we celebrate Mother’s Day, Rappler lists some interesting facts about mothers and this celebration. MANILA, Philippines – For this year, the annual Mother’s Day celebration falls on Sunday, May 11. This celebration is an intimate occasion for Filipinos, as most families reunite and bond for a fun weekend. Part of the tradition in observing Mother’s Day is the giving of flowers, cards and gifts or even treating mothers to a “day off.” Some settle for watching a movie or having a fantastic…

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How a Mother’s Love Changes a Child’s Brain

By Joseph Castro Live Science Contributor January 30, 2012 03:01pm ET http://www.livescience.com/18196-maternal-support-child-brain.html Nurturing a child early in life may help him or her develop a larger hippocampus, the brain region important for learning, memory and stress responses, a new study shows. Previous animal research showed that early maternal support has a positive effect on a young rat’s hippocampal growth, production of brain cells and ability to deal with stress. Studies in human children, on the other hand, found a connection between early social experiences and the volume of the amygdala, which helps regulate the processing and memory of emotional reactions….

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Teen Pregnancy

http://youthproblemsinthephilippines.weebly.com/teenage-pregnancy.html OPENING STATEMENT In the Philippines, according to the 2002 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (Uppi) and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, 26 percent of our Filipino youth nationwide from ages 15 to 25 admitted to having a premarital sex experience. What’s worse is that 38 percent of our youth are already in a live-in arrangement. TEENAGE PREGNANCY Teenage pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant of adolescence aged 10 to 19. Those who are affected are the girl herself up to the national society. The victims of teenage pregnancy…

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Pregnancy in the 1800s

By Amy Wilde Demand Media In the 1800s, a woman had a one in eight chance of dying in childbirth during her lifetime. Although pregnancy is the same biological process now as it was in the 19th century, attitudes toward and management of pregnancy have changed considerably over the past hundred years. For women living in the United States in the 1800s, pregnancy was an expected and often repeated life event, but it could also be very dangerous for both mother and baby. A Woman’s Place In 19th-century America, women were expected to be wives and mothers. They were defined…

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What Filipino Mothers Say: Disciplinary Practices of Mothers in Rural Philippines

Margaret S. Sanapo, Ph.D ABSTRACT Previous studies had pointed out that physical punishment accounted for the majority of child-rearing practices in the Philippines. This study explored the actual practices of Filipino mothers in two rural areas in southern Iloilo. The data were gathered from January to February 2006. It involved 80 mothers who had children aged 0-12 years old. A structured interview was used to gather data from these women. Results of the study had shown that 80% (n=80) of mothers had punished their children physically. The most common reason for mothers to do these things to their children was naughtiness (41%)….

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One in Five Women aged 15 – 49 has Experienced Physical Violence in 2013

Reference No.: FS-201412-SS2-01 Released Date: December 10, 2014   According to the United Nations, violence against women is an act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. It encompasses all forms of violation of women’s rights, including threats and reprisals, exploitation, harassment, and other forms of control.   In its Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the UN General Assembly “recognizes that violence against women…

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