Childless on Mother’s Day

| May 13, 2012

From Lauren Casper’s blog: There are so many women in our lives who are hurting and who dread Mother’s Day. We may not even recognize them but they are there. They’re the ones who dread church on Sunday morning and perhaps choose to stay home. They are dreading the sermon that will inevitably be geared […]

A French Revolutionary Scolds Mothers

| May 13, 2012

On this day when we celebrate moms, it’s amazing there are women in the world who think motherhood is denigrating and without real worth: Simone De Beauvoir famously said that being a full-time mother should be illegal because too many women would enjoy it. Badinter does not advocate criminalizing motherhood. She just wants to keep […]

Diapers, Dishes, and Dominion: How Christian Housewives Can Change the World (Interview with Author and a Giveaway)

| May 2, 2012

Visionary Womanhood is sponsoring a giveaway of an excellent new book! To kick off the month of May and our theme of Women and Dominion, I’m really excited to introduce you all to a book I’ve been waiting for MONTHS to be released.  It’s finally here!  And Leah Smith’s Diapers, Dishes and Dominion: How Christian Housewives […]

On moms who “don’t work”

| April 28, 2012

I realize we’re well past the Rosen “stay-at-home moms-don’t-work” kerfuffle (rainy season in Kenya means lots of power and Internet outages!), but there are several good commentaries I wanted to share. I’m still working on a long article about the whole false “work vs. family” debate. As anybody grounded in reality knows, all moms work. […]

Enough of parenting misery lit

| April 14, 2012

From Mariette Ulrich at Mercatornet: Raising kids is not a Sunday stroll in the park, but if you never get there, whose fault is it? Very few families of my acquaintance do not occasionally lament that they are too busy, over-involved, stressed to the max. It was partly for this reason that my husband and […]

The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth

| April 9, 2012

From an excellent piece in The Atlantic: If you look at scientific literature, you find over and over again that many interventions increase risk to mother and child instead of decreasing it. When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who elects to birth with a midwife rather than with […]

The Long-Term Importance of Fertility

| March 24, 2012

I meant to post something about this during the squall that erupted over Obama’s contraception mandate, but that’s the same week a ship off Mombasa dropped anchor on the cable carrying high-speed Internet into Kenya, and life online slowed down to a crawl. That’s okay. Plenty of other folks took time to comment, both on […]

“When Motherhood Feels Too Hard” – new eBook!

| February 20, 2012

Kelly Crawford has put together a marvelous devotional for mothers. She let me have a sneak peek at it last week, and I devoured it while recovering from the flu (perfect timing, Kelly!). This eBook is Kelly’s “cup of cold water” to mothers. We all need refreshment and encouragement when the hard days come, and […]

Unborn child just a ‘parasite’? Cutting edge science shows fetal cells heal mother for life

| January 15, 2012

This is just amazing and shows once again how children can be literal, physical blessings to their mothers for a lifetime: Science has been studying the phenomena of fetal cell microchimerism for more than 30 years, after researchers at Stanford University were shocked in 1979 to discover a pregnant mother’s blood containing cells with Y […]

If I Could Only Be Like Her

| December 27, 2011

This is a wonderful post I just discovered this evening: We all know her. She is the woman who has it all together. She has the love of 1 Corinthians 13 down pat and she never falters. She always smiles at her husband and is his constant encouragement. She is gentle and kind and practices […]

What We Can Learn From The Duggar Family: Life is Precious

| December 23, 2011

Last week, the Duggar family (20 Kids and counting) made headlines when they held a funeral service and shared photos of their stillborn 19 week-old baby. Here’s why I think it was right, and important for them to show their child to the world. Our culture is fighting against itself- on one hand, we tell […]

Fetal Cells Cross Placenta, Stay With Pregnant Mom for Life

| December 11, 2011

The health benefits of child-bearing continue to pile up: Kathy Ostrowski reports in the Kansans for Life blog on a recent National Public Radio Morning Edition program featuring Science editor Robert Krulwich and his explosive report about “fetomaternal microchimerism.” According to Krulwich there is increasing evidence that “when a woman has a baby, she gets […]

Large families ‘protect’ mother’s health

| December 6, 2011

From the Telegraph online: Having four or more babies may be good for you, research has shown, as mothers of large families were less likely to die of a stroke…. Research involving 1300 women in California suggested those who had four or more children were one third less likely to due from cardiovascular disease. The […]

Author of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”: Post-menopausal pregnancy “irresponsible”

| December 6, 2011

From Jill Stanek’s blog: Nancy London finds that she’s in the awkward position of having to reverse herself. As a co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves, published in 1973 (the year the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Roe v. Wade), London was among those who argued – convincingly – that biology was not destiny, that women should […]

The Hard Choice of Staying Home

| December 6, 2011

Today, choosing to stay home with your kids is a hard choice. The fact that this is true is made all the more clear by the increasingly smaller number of mothers choosing to do so. More and more it is assumed that children will stay with grandma, relatives, be put in daycare, or go to after-school […]