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Who came up with the most damaging theory of why mothers were to blame for mental illness? A man, of course.

Mimi Galvin and six of her 12 children. Image courtesy of the Galvin family.

When it comes to psychiatry and brain science, moms haven’t had it easy. Autism once was blamed on “refrigerator mothers.” Obsessive-compulsive disorder use to be blamed on mothers who got toilet training wrong. Even homosexuality, back when psychiatry considered it to be a sickness, was said to be caused by… guess who? Ever since Freud, it’s been hard to find any emotional or mental disorder that, in one way or another, therapists haven’t tried to plant right at the feet of your mom.


How doulas help lower maternal mortality rates

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June Eric-Udorie remembers the exact moment she decided to become a doula — a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and educational resources for women throughout the spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum.


There are many diet demands placed on nursing mothers. Here’s what the evidence says.

Say you’ve lived through the nine months — really 10 — of pregnancy food restrictions. The baby is finally here. And, lucky you, breastfeeding seems to be working. Now you’re dying for a rare steak and a glass of pinot noir.


The Health Diaries

‘I’m very much an all-or-nothing kind of person. It’s something that I’m going to have to work on a lot harder now that I have a very small baby in my life.’

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

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