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# motherhood - Friday 17 July, 2020

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.

# motherhood - Sunday 16 June, 2019

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.

# motherhood - Monday 13 May, 2019

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.

# motherhood - Saturday 13 April, 2019

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.

# motherhood - Sunday 11 November, 2018

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

# motherhood - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'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.

# motherhood - Saturday 18 August, 2018

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.

# motherhood - Sunday 29 April, 2018

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.

# motherhood - Saturday 9 September, 2017

Portuguese medics clear woman's bid to bear grandchild

Gestational surrogacy was legalised in Portugal in 2016.

# motherhood - Tuesday 17 January, 2017

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.

# motherhood - Sunday 4 September, 2016

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.

# motherhood - Friday 22 July, 2016

DUP MP says that public breastfeeding is "exhibitionism"

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

# motherhood - Sunday 17 April, 2016

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.

# motherhood - Friday 22 May, 2015

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.

# motherhood - Tuesday 14 April, 2015

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.

# motherhood - Monday 13 April, 2015

'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.

# motherhood - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

'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.

# motherhood - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

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.

# motherhood - Saturday 25 October, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Thursday 16 October, 2014

# motherhood - Thursday 7 August, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Monday 21 July, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Thursday 17 April, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Saturday 12 April, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Thursday 27 March, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Sunday 9 February, 2014

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.

# motherhood - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

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

(… and guess how that worked out)

# motherhood - Sunday 8 December, 2013

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.

# motherhood - Sunday 29 September, 2013

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.

# motherhood - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

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.

# motherhood - Monday 3 December, 2012

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.

# motherhood - Friday 31 August, 2012

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.

# motherhood - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

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.

# motherhood - Friday 2 March, 2012

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.

# motherhood - Friday 2 September, 2011

From The Daily Edge 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.

# motherhood - Tuesday 14 June, 2011

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.

# motherhood - Friday 1 April, 2011

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.

# motherhood - Wednesday 23 March, 2011

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.

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