Advertisement

Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Motherhood

Last year
2022
Voices
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
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
# lucina
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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
Voices
'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
'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.
Voices
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
Portuguese medics clear woman's bid to bear grandchild
Gestational surrogacy was legalised in Portugal in 2016.
# Alcohol Abuse
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.
# Scotland
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.
# putting on a show
DUP MP says that public breastfeeding is "exhibitionism"
Sammy Wilson is against mothers breastfeeding their children in the House of Commons.
Voices
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.
# Australia
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
'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.
Voices
'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.
# feeding time
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
Opinion: 'Egg freeze' offer is putting a metaphorical gun to young women’s heads
Freeze in haste, repent at leisure?
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids...
(… and guess how that worked out)
# Maternity
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.
Voices
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
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
# Your Say
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.
# vox pop
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.
# Working Mothers
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
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.