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# Motherhood

This year
Physios: Incontinence, piles and painful sex - issues new mothers face that no one talks about
Physiotherapists Eimear Lynch and Aoife Harvey have some advice for new mums facing post partum issues.
Parenting: 'Learning the art of resting was a gamechanger for me'
Mum Margaret Lynch outlines the importance of self-care for parents. She says ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’.
Opinion: Women in work face extra challenges that men do not experience
Dr Emma Howard asks whether its time to address things like giving birth and pregnancy loss in CVs and hiring processes.
Last year
Author: 'Nobody told me about the loneliness that comes with having a new baby'
Read a motherhood diary from the author of crime thriller Hide and Seek, Andrea Mara.
All time
Opinion: Maternity leave in lockdown was no picnic, so please don't forget new parents
New mother Patrice Hosford is asking the government to improve the leave entitlements currently available to new parents.
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.
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.
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.
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
'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.
'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.
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.
Portuguese medics clear woman's bid to bear grandchild
Gestational surrogacy was legalised in Portugal in 2016.
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.
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.
DUP MP says that public breastfeeding is "exhibitionism"
Sammy Wilson is against mothers breastfeeding their children in the House of Commons.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Opinion: 'Egg freeze' offer is putting a metaphorical gun to young women’s heads
Freeze in haste, repent at leisure?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids...
(… and guess how that worked out)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.