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Opinion: Don't Be Jealous of French Mothers

French moms don't have it so easy. Illustration by Christopher Healy
Did you know that in France, the state pays for one-on-one sessions of perineal therapy after you have a baby? French women get help from a doctor getting their lady bits...
On the surface it looks like working mothers in France have it all, but what they really have is the encouragement of a patriarchal republic to breed in order to restore the population after centuries of war.

The Milkmen Are Coming: In Spain, Breast-Feeding Leave Not Just for Women

Some European countries allow men to take breast-feeding breaks. Credit: Getty Images
Do real men change diapers and breast-feed? In Spain, apparently, the biological argument doesn't matter so much, as new dads get to check out of the office...
European dads want to breast-feed, too.

Massachusetts Court Says It's OK to Fire New Moms

Planning your baby registry in Massachusetts? Don't forget to add unemployment! Credit: meemal, Flickr
New moms in Massachusetts have more to look forward to than just breast-feeding and late nights -- they can also look forward to being fired...

A New Baby After Taking a New Job? That Could be a Problem in Ohio

In Ohio, your maternity leave might be permanent. Credit: Getty Images
Even in the enlightened, family-friendly world of 2010, you can still get fired for getting pregnant. In Ohio, anyway. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled this week that...

Mat Leave Drama, Dangerous Daycares and More

Each Friday, we dish out the best news stories of the week to help keep you in the loop. As if finding quality childcare and dealing with sleep deprivation isn't enough for for moms to worry about, more Canadian women are facing pink slips when...

Europe May Give New Parents More Time With Their Tots

"Thank you, EU." European children may have reason to praise the continent's leaders for extending minimum parental leave. Credit: nickysue_evans, Flickr The European Union's employment ministers propose tacking on an additional month to the...

31 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

Place nursing pads in your bra if your breasts have begun to leak. Credit: GE Healthcare By now, you should have a rough idea of who's going to take over your workload while you're out of the office. Brief your boss, employees and...

Recession Cutting Maternity Leaves Short

More and more moms are missing the early days with their babies because of the recession. Image: sxc.hu
Julie Fletcher and Julie Murphy are two totally different women in two totally different situations: Fletcher has five children, is a...

Would You Bring Your Child to Work?

Many of us have participated in Take Your Child To Work Day (formerly known as Take Your Daughter To Work Day). But what if you could--or had to--bring your child to work with you everyday? For more and more parents these days, that seemingly bizarre...

Aussies recommend 18 weeks paid maternity leave

The Australian government may allow new mothers 18 weeks paid maternity leave so they can spend more time with their newborns. Under the same plan, dads would be allowed two weeks of paid leave, as well. The scheme (and I love how they call it a...

Carme Chacon: When career and motherhood meet

Carme Chacon is 37 years old and an expectant mom who is seven months pregnant. She's also the defense minister of Spain, which has put her in a difficult position. While Spain has a mandated 16-week maternity leave (paid maternity leave...lets hear...

Spain's new defense minister takes "working mom" to a whole new level

Spain's newly appointed defense minister made international news this week as she reviewed troops in Madrid and was sworn in. Not only is Carme Chacón, 37, the first woman to head Spain's armed forces, she is also seven months pregnant. The...

Can battlestar galactica save your marriage?

I was always under the impression that television was ultimately doom for a married couple, especially if they had kids or were ever planning on having sex again. One couple takes on that debate in a recent article from MSN TV News. According to...

Tips for telling your boss you're pregnant

I've now had the experience of sharing with two separate bosses the news of my impending joy. No one knew how it would go, regardless of whether it was rehearsed or just seemed like an opportune moment. Reactions vary by person depending on what...

High schoolers want maternity leave

It's important for a woman to have time to regain her strength, heal, and bond with her new child after giving birth. Unfortunately, many businesses in this country do not provide a new mother (let alone a new father) with any paid time off, other...

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