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The Myth of the Good Mother

MotherWoman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents

Myths of motherhood are toxic. They not only diminish our personal empowerment to value ourselves and raise our families according to our own beliefs and choices, but they also reinforce oppressions that keep a majority of women disempowered, pushing them farther into a corner.

What To Expect After Having Kids

MotherWoman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents

I'd like to offer an alternate spin on what to expect after having kids -- one that errs on the side of gain rather than sacrifice; one that I didn't hear much about while I was pregnant and pondering what life would be like after children.

I Am the Right Mother

MotherWoman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Today I lead postpartum support groups, and thank goodness I have to be the group leader, so I can't walk out of the group and cry in the restroom. I must open up that old inner self to some more compassionate attitudes if I'm going to be of help to my fellow moms.

It's Not Just You: Creating Safe Spaces for Moms to Share

MotherWoman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents

Yesterday, a new mom said to me, "I love coming to your group. I'm sick of the baby books and people telling me what to do. I just want to come here a...

Give a Gift to Yourself This Holiday Season

MotherWoman | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents

By Annette Cycon The Holidays. What comes up for you when you hear those words? Joy and excitement? Dread and avoidance? Most moms we speak to feel ...

Postpartum Pleas: Calling for Help

MotherWoman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents

I found the Parental Stress Hotline number and finally had someone to talk to at 4:00 a.m. about noisy birds. I eventually found numbers for the Hadley-based group MotherWoman and MOMS Club in East Longmeadow, not to mention the number of a psychiatrist who prescribed me wonderful, wonderful drugs. The more I talked, the better I became.

MotherWoman Is Empowering Health Care Providers to Help Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents

Women have been suffering alone. For mothers, there is so much shame and stigma attached to a prenatal or postpartum struggle. It's the big secret -- the elephant in the room.

My Truth About Postpartum Depression

MotherWoman | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents

By Stephanie Cannoe Looking back, I now see the debilitating depression I endured during my second pregnancy and after my son was born. For five mont...

Why the F**k Can't I Go to Sleep?: Pregnancy and Postpartum Sleep Issues

MotherWoman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW Go the F**k to Sleep, a book written in 2011 by Adam Mansbach, was an instant hit among parents, as was the recent blog pos...

When the Bough Breaks

MotherWoman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents

My labor and delivery were less than ideal, but they were behind me. What I didn't know was that the nightmare was just beginning.

Piecing Myself Back Together

MotherWoman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents

By Kelly Coffey Motherhood: I don't know what my expectations were. The media paints a cute picture, but my life has certainly never been cute, so wh...

Treatment Works: Choosing a Therapist During Pregnancy or Postpartum

MotherWoman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW It takes a village to raise a family--and well-trained therapists are important members of that village. When I speak with ...

Losing My Mind: Thoughts of Hurting My Baby

MotherWoman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents

By Amanda Roberge This article first appeared on and is reprinted with permission from I can recall with great clarity the moment...

Dear Alicia Silverstone: Kind Mamas CAN Get the Blues!

MotherWoman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents

I don't have a problem with Silverstone's parenting choices or with her decision to write about things she feels passionate about. I do, however, have serious concerns about one particular part of her message.

We Are All Doing the Best We Can: A Lesson in Compassion

MotherWoman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents

By Malia Gaffney One of my greatest challenges as a mother (and as a human) is to have compassion for myself. When I fly off the handle at the slight...

Mothers Make 71 Cents on a Man's Dollar -- Time to Celebrate?

MotherWoman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents

Today is Equal Pay Day, a symbolic day that illustrates how far into the year a woman must work to earn the same amount made by a man in the previous year.

Lack of Support Structures Creates Impossible Decisions

MotherWoman | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents

By Gloria Malone Homeless single mother Shanesha Taylor recently became the focus of much media and social networking attention, but Taylor's story ...

Listening Will Change Worlds: How to Birth Healthier Families

MotherWoman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW Listening will change worlds. Is this just the promise of an idealistic social worker? In some ways I fit that stereotype...

Why I Don't Hold a Grudge Against Gwyneth Paltrow

MotherWoman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents

by Jennifer S. Page Gwyneth Paltrow has recently taken some flak from working mothers about the comments she made in an interview with E! Online comp...

Assumptions About Mothers Hurt Everyone

MotherWoman | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents

By Deanna Doss Shrodes Everyone around me spoke of how my life was going to completely change once I had a baby. Although I greatly desired to have c...

And Here I Thought My Miscarriages Would Make Me a Better Mom

MotherWoman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents

By Lexi Walters Wright It is 3:18 a.m.. My newborn son Arlo snuffles in his crib, and in a comically small twin bed across the room from him, I sigh ...

Mothers Are Women With Complex Lives (Why I Write)

MotherWoman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents

I didn't ever want another woman to feel like her total worth was in being a mother. Being a mother has transformed me, but it is not the only thing that defines me.

Ballet Class Makes Me Cry: A Message to All Mothers in the Thick of It

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

All kinds of seasons were cycling around me and I couldn't breathe. I couldn't keep up with how summer had turned to fall, how my baby had turned into someone who was big enough to be perceptive of emotions, into someone who handed me a leaf when I was sad.

I Am a Postpartum Depression Survivor

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

I was isolated, but I tried to put on a good front. This made me feel even worse and perpetuated a vicious cycle of withdrawal and a feeling of failure. All these led me to believe I was a bad mother.

Empathy Helps Where Sympathy and Tough Love Fall Short

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

All the craziness I'd set aside came rushing back -- fear of my own incompetence, suffocating guilt, terrified disbelief -- thinking of the weeks, months and years of monotonous chaos I was in for. Meanwhile, I couldn't imagine getting through even one day.