"It was like trying to have a relationship with a sea sponge, or a single-cell protozoa. She didn't do anything! Or at least, nothing I could understand." — Phillip Toledan, The Reluctant Father.
A photo-essay on the cultural expectations of parenthood.
posted by chunking express
on Sep 25, 2010 -
"A growing body of evidence suggests that humans have a rudimentary moral sense
from the very start of life... Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bone... [But] the sense of right and wrong that [babies] naturally possess diverges in important ways from what we adults would want it to be."
posted by AceRock
on May 10, 2010 -
Let's Panic About Babies!
"Fortunately for everyone in the whole wide world, Alice Bradley
and Eden M. Kennedy
have created the only website that accurately explains the journey from morning sickness to third-degree tears to keeping that baby alive for a year–or more! LET’S PANIC ABOUT BABIES will serve as a salve to the mystery and degradation of this most female of challenges. Its authors may not have 'science' on their side, but what they do have is far more valuable: a heady mélange of female intuition, sentence-forming know-how, and the achingly vivid memories of their own gestational journeys and unending motherhoods. So join Alice and Eden as they tell you exactly what to think and feel and do on every one of your 2,681 days* of pregnancy. They know everything!
* 'Science' would tell you that human gestation is actually, on average, 266 days. This is one of many ways in which science is terribly wrong." [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Aug 19, 2009 -
Thinking about becoming a parent? You might find the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's list of recalled items
fun! It looks like there's just under a zillion things out there that might harm your new tot. And that doesn't
include ... y'know ... toys
posted by GatorDavid
on Aug 6, 2009 -
Seeing race: the Other-Race Effect.
Why do so many people think people of other races look alike? Babies as young as three months old "tend to recognize faces from their own race better than those from other races," but "babies raised with frequent exposure to people of other races don’t develop this early bias." The Other-Race Effect, aka the Cross-Race Effect
, "carries practical implications for cases of mistaken eyewitness identification." A follow-up study with Chinese babies
confirmed the effect, and notes that it can change: "Korean adults who were adopted by French families during their childhood (aged 3–9 years) demonstrated the same discrimination deficit for Korean faces shown by the native French population." Yes, you have to be carefully taught
posted by shetterly
on Jun 20, 2009 -
It is apparent to me that Faith does have a brain, despite what the doctors have said. Even though it is generally believed that anencephalic babies are blind, deaf, and cannot feel touch or think... I don't believe that. Not at all. So little is known about the human brain and the only one who really knows what's going on is God. I truly believe that Faith can think and can feel my touch and hear my voice. I can't prove it but I feel like I just know.
[images may be disturbing
posted by Joe Beese
on Apr 21, 2009 -
- a charmingly animated short in which people talk about childhood misconceptions about sex and childbirth. More on childhood sex misconceptions from Dan Savage 1
. (pretty tame clip, but possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 13, 2009 -
Hanna Rosin has written a piece for the Atlantic
claiming that the actual health benefits of breast-feeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates. This is pretty controversial following "decades of indoctrination delivered with evangelical fervor
," causing American women "to take it as an article of faith that if they don’t breast-feed their children, they'll grow up to be underachievers plagued with health problems and lacking a bond with their mother". [more inside]
posted by ND¢
on Mar 16, 2009 -
The ethics of infertility
: After taking fertility drug Clomid, Ryan and Brianna Morrison
conceived sextuplets. Their religious beliefs steered them away from undergoing a selective reduction
procedure in favor of bringing all six fetuses to term. Four of their newborns have died; the remaining two are in critical condition. This
mother of multiples says that while she's grateful that insurance and Medicaid covered her million-dollar hospital bill, her "quest to have a family resulted in a significant drain on society's resources."
posted by lalex
on Jul 2, 2007 -
The Crying Game.
The Japanese proverb Naku ko wa sodatsu
says that "A crying child thrives." During the annual Konaki Sumo
("Crying Sumo") festival held at certain temples
in Japan, babies are held facing each other and encouraged to cry
by priests and sumo wrestlers. The one who bawls first, or loudest, is the winner, thought to be blessed by the gods with good health.
posted by gottabefunky
on Apr 30, 2007 -
a new episode of Dave Lovelace's
most infamous creation. (warnings: use headphones if at work, and do not attempt to consume food or drink during the cartoon. Thankyew.)
posted by metasonix
on Apr 6, 2007 -
Living With a Dying Baby.
"Families can choreograph their child’s very brief life with their family . . . Sometimes they may have a matter of minutes, so they decide beforehand who can hold the baby, who will cut the umbilical cord, who will hold the baby when you know he is going to die."
posted by brain_drain
on Mar 13, 2007 -