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#Motherhood

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Staying sober is really hard but life without booze is magic Opinion

Opinion: Staying sober is really hard but life without booze is magic

Are you sober-curious? It can be hard to say no to drink but my life is so much better without it, writes Elaine Benson.

From TheJournal.ie RTÉ received 31 complaints about a mannequin giving birth on the Late Late Show Lucina

RTÉ received 31 complaints about a mannequin giving birth on the Late Late Show

The simulator is used by RCSI medical students to prepare them for the real-life labour ward.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'I wanted to pursue my acting dreams - but having kids was a huge risk. What should I do?' Opinion

Opinion: 'I wanted to pursue my acting dreams - but having kids was a huge risk. What should I do?'

Actress Sarah Carroll held off on expanding her family because of her job – but writes about how she eventually managed to make it work.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Supermum myth needs to be exposed Opinion

Opinion: The Supermum myth needs to be exposed

I can’t and won’t hide the fact that I find being Mum really tough, writes Geraldine Walsh

From TheJournal.ie 'Your 30s are a tricky time for women. The biological and social pressures to conform are immense' Opinion

'Your 30s are a tricky time for women. The biological and social pressures to conform are immense'

Actor and playwright Christiane O’Mahony wonders if seahorses have the right idea about how to live.

From The42 'I don't turn off from camogie but now, there’s something else there that’s more important' Motherhood

'I don't turn off from camogie but now, there’s something else there that’s more important'

Kilkenny’s Anne Dalton is facing into an All-Ireland semi-final today after becoming a mother two weeks ago.

From TheJournal.ie My unplanned homebirth: 'You can’t help but think "what if?"' Voices

My unplanned homebirth: 'You can’t help but think "what if?"'

I will never forget the sound of my waters breaking, writes Jessica O’Neill.

From TheJournal.ie Portuguese medics clear woman's bid to bear grandchild Motherhood

Portuguese medics clear woman's bid to bear grandchild

Gestational surrogacy was legalised in Portugal in 2016.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy Alcohol Abuse

Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy

A new study analysed the rates of drinking during pregnancy by linking them with a condition caused by alcohol consumption.

From TheJournal.ie Nicola Sturgeon opens up about miscarriage in hope of 'breaking taboo' Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon opens up about miscarriage in hope of 'breaking taboo'

The Scottish First Minister said she wanted to challenge assumptions and judgements that are made about women who don’t have children.

From TheJournal.ie DUP MP says that public breastfeeding is "exhibitionism" Putting On A Show

DUP MP says that public breastfeeding is "exhibitionism"

Sammy Wilson is against mothers breastfeeding their children in the House of Commons.

From TheJournal.ie My reality as a working mother: Anxiety, guilt, baby wipes and coffee Opinion

My reality as a working mother: Anxiety, guilt, baby wipes and coffee

Being a working mother is a crash course in muddling through, writes Sharon Mannion.

From TheJournal.ie There was controversy over this breastfeeding magazine cover - but not why you think Australia

There was controversy over this breastfeeding magazine cover - but not why you think

The fact it’s just on the subscriber issue has led to some complaints.

From TheJournal.ie Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?) Opinion

Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?)

Whether it’s standards, expectations, or good old-fashioned Irish Catholic guilt, most parents are guilty of putting their kids’ needs ahead of their own.

From TheJournal.ie 'I had the family I had always dreamed of, but I was plagued with self-loathing' Opinion

'I had the family I had always dreamed of, but I was plagued with self-loathing'

Postnatal depression affected me so badly I couldn’t leave the house, but I reached out for help – and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

From TheJournal.ie 'Ireland over-medicalises birth - and it is terrifying mothers-to-be' Opinion

'Ireland over-medicalises birth - and it is terrifying mothers-to-be'

Dil Wickremasinghe, since she has become pregnant, has found the maternity system is fraught with fear and discourages women from making decisions about the birthing process.

From TheJournal.ie The longer kids are breastfed for, the more they earn when they start working Feeding Time

The longer kids are breastfed for, the more they earn when they start working

A major new study of almost 3,500 children has found some interesting results about breastfeeding.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The 'frozen eggs' debate is really a societal issue – don't vilify corporations over it Family Time

Opinion: The 'frozen eggs' debate is really a societal issue – don't vilify corporations over it

Nowadays it’s seen as quite normal to have kids in your late 30s… but many women still want to start a family earlier.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: What happens when a pregnant woman or nursing mother gets sent to jail? Motherhood

Opinion: What happens when a pregnant woman or nursing mother gets sent to jail?

The question of women who are pregnant or parenting in prison is a complex one – and their number is rising.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Egg freeze' offer is putting a metaphorical gun to young women’s heads Fertility
From TheJournal.ie Motherhood and Work: 'I accept that I'll never be Superwoman – I'll be Mediocre Mum' BALANCING ACT

Motherhood and Work: 'I accept that I'll never be Superwoman – I'll be Mediocre Mum'

‘Having it all’ can really mean ‘doing it all’ – and that’s just plain exhausting. So don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays? Children

Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays?

One of the things I love about the summer holidays is the fact that there are no rules – we are at nobody else’s beck and call.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Post Natal Depression – should it discourage you from ‘going again’? Pregnancy And Depression

Opinion: Post Natal Depression – should it discourage you from ‘going again’?

Literally tens of thousands of women out there must find themselves in a similar predicament to my own. Yet I have never seen or heard it openly discussed. Ever.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Is there really a glass ceiling for women in the workplace – or is it just for mothers? Opinion

Column: Is there really a glass ceiling for women in the workplace – or is it just for mothers?

The ‘glass ceiling’ is less to do with being a woman and more to do with having to care for small children.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Peaches and Paula – a mum without a mum and a photograph that spoke a thousand words. Bereavement

Column: Peaches and Paula – a mum without a mum and a photograph that spoke a thousand words.

Nothing prepared me for how the birth of my own children would mercilessly rip the scab off the wound that my mother’s death had left behind. In that way, I could relate to the late Peaches Geldof, writes Claire Micks.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice' Guilt Trip

Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice'

Guilt may not be the defining emotion of motherhood but it is certainly one of the most consistent, writes Emily Hourican.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Motherhood, feminism and the big decision Opinion

Column: Motherhood, feminism and the big decision

Should I stay at home with my baby or go back to work? There’s no ‘right’ answer, writes Ann Marie O’Sullivan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids... Insight

Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids...

(… and guess how that worked out)

From TheJournal.ie Burton: Maternity benefit cuts aren't a disincentive to women working Maternity

Burton: Maternity benefit cuts aren't a disincentive to women working

Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked Minister Burton about the new maternity benefit rate being brought in under Budget 2014.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Baby v Career – how to pick a path through the minefield of working motherhood Opinion

Column: Baby v Career – how to pick a path through the minefield of working motherhood

Throughout the eventful months of pregnancy, and amid all the changes a new baby brings, one question can remain the hardest to answer: “Will you be returning to work?”, writes Sarah Crown.

From TheJournal.ie Gender gap: Irish women pay 'high price' for motherhood Gender Gap

Gender gap: Irish women pay 'high price' for motherhood

A new OECD report shows that the gender pay gap in Ireland widens as women have children.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The moment I met the woman having my baby Read Me

Column: The moment I met the woman having my baby

Caroline and Niall O’Flaherty had a daughter by a surrogate mother in India. Here, Caroline recalls the moment they met her.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘I will miss you’ – a mum writes to her son starting school Read Me

Column: ‘I will miss you’ – a mum writes to her son starting school

Lunches, lessons and other adventures – Deborah McCarthy gives some advice to her young son as he sets off.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why shouldn’t women choose motherhood over a job? Opinion

Column: Why shouldn’t women choose motherhood over a job?

Valuing a ‘career’ over full-time parenting might be well-meaning, but it takes away everyone’s right to decide, writes Kate Katharina Ferguson.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should women breastfeed in public? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should women breastfeed in public?

If a woman chooses to breastfeed her child, should she do so in public? Let us know what you think.

Lessons from Mammy: What our mothers taught us Vox Pop This post contains videos

Lessons from Mammy: What our mothers taught us

Be nice, never put your hand in anyone else’s pocket – and get out of a car with your dignity intact: just some of the life lessons from Irish mammies.

From TheJournal.ie RTÉ's Miriam calls TV3 to clarify RTÉ website comments Working Mothers

RTÉ's Miriam calls TV3 to clarify RTÉ website comments

RTÉ host Miriam O’Callaghan goes on TV3′s Midday programme to clarify her stance on working as a mother.

From TheJournal.ie Irish mums have more kids than EU counterparts Motherhood

Irish mums have more kids than EU counterparts

A new demographic report from the EU’s statistics body shows that Ireland’s mums have more children than anyone else.

From TheJournal.ie Irish mothers want more 'me' time Parenting

Irish mothers want more 'me' time

While survey shows that 8 out of 10 women believe their partner is their greatest support in childcare, many say they get less than one hour a day to themselves.

From TheJournal.ie Depression linked to a miscarriage can last 'for years' Pregnancy Loss

Depression linked to a miscarriage can last 'for years'

Researchers studying the trauma associated with the loss of an unborn child have found that feelings of anxiety and depression can last for years.

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