On Being a Mother in America

Within ten days of giving birth, a quarter of us are forced to return to work. If liberals truly want to support parents’ choices, they need to back the subsidies and employment legislation that are vital to child-rearing.

Illustration by Daniel Zender

I kept a squeeze bottle by the toilet for the first two weeks after giving birth. I’d had a straightforward labor, but nonetheless there was a small, superficial wound next to my urethra. My midwife described it as a “little scratch,” breezily informing me that I was fortunate to not need stitches. So whenever I […]

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