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Having Children

These Are The Best And Worst States To Have A Baby

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents

Baby on the way? You might want to think about packing your bags and heading for a more baby-friendly state. According to a new study by WalletHub, w...

More Women Should Choose a Home Over a Baby

Amanda Oliver | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women
Amanda Oliver

Sitting down and actually planning out whether you can afford to have a child should be a priority for every family. As much as we all work to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, it also helps to be born into a family that is financially, and emotionally, prepared to handle parenting.

What Lisa Loeb Learned About Having Kids In Her 40s: Sooner Is 'Better'

OWN | Posted 05.21.2015 | OWN

To most of the country, Lisa Loeb is singer with those signature cat-eye glasses and the hit song "Stay," which catapulted her to fame in the '90s. Sh...

This New Sex Toy Aims To Help Lesbian Couples Conceive A Baby

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

There are numerous options for lesbians to conceive a child, but it can come at the expense of thousands of dollars for in vitro fertilization or a la...

I Never Wanted Kids -- Until I Did

xoJANE | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women

Ten years after I made my initial no-babies-ever-under-any-circumstances declaration, I'm perusing baby name books and painting my guest bedroom a shade of pastel periwinkle.

If I Have Gay Children: A Rabbi's 8 Promises

Avi Orlow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Avi Orlow

If I have gay children, I'll love them. I don't mean some token, distant, tolerant love that stays at a safe arm's length. It will be an extravagant, open-hearted, unapologetic, lavish, embarrassing-them-in-the-school cafeteria, kind of love.

Be Like Mike? 5 Things to Consider When You Decide to Have Kids Later in life

Jerry Patterson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Jerry Patterson

We saw, and are now realizing, some of the benefits described here for sure, but we also recognized the risks we created in the process -- and planned accordingly. My advice to all older parents -- do the same.

8 Unique Reasons You'll Be Happy You Had Children

Tara Campbell | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Tara Campbell

Sometimes I think my experience is unique and other times I realize it's not. There are many moments that make you scratch your head, like when interesting artifacts show up on your mantel, unexplained pictures show up on your camera, or a homemade pie shows up when you haven't even made it to the kitchen yet.

The Friendly Skies?

Marc Leandro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marc Leandro

One would think that in an era of increasingly sweet perks for an ever-shrinking percentage of fliers, the elite-of-the-elite might be content to cool their heels for a New York minute while the few passengers with babies board in slightly less chaotic fashion.

'I Left My Ex For My Future Child'

Amira Young | Posted 06.25.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

I left my ex for someone else. I wasn't cheating on him. Rather, it was for a person who didn't exist yet: my unborn child.

When Is Being Done, Done?

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Cyma Shapiro

When is being done, done? Is "done" the exact same for someone as capable of conceiving as someone who must, or who chooses, to adopt or foster? Should age, in and of itself, determine this?

Resisting This Could Cut Your Cancer Risk In Half, Study Says

Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices

Those bright eyes and chubby cheeks may be hard to resist, but researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have good reason...

Is Having Children Ethical?

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Are parents who have large families because they believe it is a divine commandment or because they take pride in their family heritage any less capable of creating "life-enhancing relationships" with their children than, say, educated professionals who wait until there are financially stable?

The Trigger Shot

Selvaggia | Posted 09.11.2012 | Women

The fertility center doesn't have a sperm bank so you need to bring your own. It reminds me of the restaurants where you can bring your own bottle of wine and they charge you a corking fee.

The Question You Should Never Ask A Woman

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 09.08.2012 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

Tell me, complete stranger inquiring into my baby-making plans, do you want to hear my deepest fears and concerns about bringing a little one into my life? Even if you did, do you really think I'd want to tell you?

When Is the Right Time to Have Children?

Natalie Thomas | Posted 09.04.2012 | Women
Natalie Thomas

I'm sick of myself. I am. As an avid photographer, perhaps I should put this in photography terms: I can't take one more picture of my husband and me. I'm longing for a new subject.

Bias in the Workplace Against Maternity Leave

Lauren Wallenstein | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
Lauren Wallenstein

The hardest part of maternity leave is no longer sleepless nights caring for a newborn, but dealing with the anxiety surrounding communication between a pregnant women and her employer.

Why Women Feel Compelled To Explain When They Don't Have Kids

Jezebel | Posted 05.09.2012 | Women

Cameron Diaz, one of the many castmembers in What To Expect When You're Expecting, is 39 years old, unmarried, and childless. No kids. She didn't know...

Why I'm Still Not Sure About Having Kids

The New York Times | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women

This is one of three essays contributed to the Motherlode blog by performers in the first New York City production of Listen to Your Mother, an nation...

Motherhood Expands Us

Nicola Kraus | Posted 07.03.2012 | Parents
Nicola Kraus

Motherhood that expands us. Expands our definition of ourselves. The impossible becomes possible. We thrive on less sleep, less sex and fewer breaks than we ever thought we could.

Is There Any Rational Reason To Have Children?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Lisa Belkin

...moral tests imply logic, and we are outside that realm when we are talking about...Love...Faith...Children. Would these exist if rationality were the test?

Is It Selfish To Pursue Fertility Treatments Instead Of Adoption?

Healthland, TIME | Posted 02.02.2012 | Women

There's a reason that the desire to have children is so strong. It's got everything to do with perpetuation of the species, in the long term, and perp...

I Haven't Said No To Babies -- I Just Haven't Said Yes Yet

Tamsen Fadal and Matt Titus | Posted 10.02.2011 | Women
Tamsen Fadal and Matt Titus

Here's the truth. I don't know if I am going to have kids. What's more, I don't know when I am going to know.

Ask Maddisen: How to Get Off the Fence about Your Relationship

Maddisen K. Krown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maddisen K. Krown

If you stay together, you must realize that you are forfeiting your truth and heartfelt desire to have children. Is it worth it? Only you can decide.