As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate all the young mothers who work to build strong families in their communities. Enjoy this music video of Emily McLean’s “You Are.” [via Strong Families]
New research suggests the use of skin cells and stem cells to create biological children for couples or individuals with difficulty conceiving may one day become a reality. The thing is, it’s not only necessary to make this assisted reproductive technology accessible to all people seeking to parent, but to make sure all the ways we form families are affirmed too.
Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience notes that a whopping 95 million adults in the United States have a step-relationship. The book does not gloss over the difficulties involved with these situations, nor does it neglect the humor and affection often present.
HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd chats with a group of mothers, including Phenomenal author Leigh Ann Henion and Echoing Ida writer Gloria Malone, about why mothers need time for curiosity and to explore the world.
Efforts to promote breastfeeding as the best option for infants may have led some parents to believe formula is not a good option and to turn to the Internet to find someone else’s milk, a practice the FDA says is unsafe.
Though it’s hard to change the minds of those opposed to vaccinations, it seems possible that widespread instances of preventable diseases might be enough to sway some individuals.
Many young parents may not know this, but many of the experiences and educational hardships they are facing are actually illegal. One major way teens can help empower themselves is by asserting their federal rights.
Since HPV vaccines were introduced almost a decade ago, there has been a fear that vaccinating young girls against sexually transmitted infections will give them license to have sex and increase promiscuity. A new study suggests that the opposite may in fact be true—girls who have been vaccinated are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than those who have not.
The Healthy Families Act has been introduced in Congress every year since 2004, and every year it has failed to gain traction. But advocates for the bill think that this is their year, and they have some reason to be optimistic.
Despite some facile language about “choice” from anti-vaxxers and individual beliefs held among some of them, the reality is that the anti-vaccination movement has way more in common with those trying to restrict abortion access.