In Russia, every infant sleeps outside in the carriage even in minus 10 degree Celsius weather. Pictured: snowstorm in Kazan. Maksim Bogodvid/RIA Novosti Russian mothers confidently walk outdoors with newborns even in subzero temperatures, and read their children bedtime stories almost until adolescence. In her book, "Motherhood, Russian Style," American writer Tanja Maier explores these and other peculiar methods for raising children. 1. Long maternity leave Official maternity leave in Russia may last three years. It helps pregnant women calmly prepare for the birth of their babies; usually, future mothers stop working in the seventh month of pregnancy. Many women return to work when the child is one, or 18 months old. In fact, they are paid a part of their salaries until their child turns one-and-a-half. But there are also those who prefer not to disrupt their careers and return to the office just a few months after giving birth. 2. Russian grandmothers "The main … [Read more...] about 8 things to know about the mad world of motherhood in Russia
"CBS This Morning" took a look at what life is like for mothers in four very different places around the globe: Finland, Kenya, China and the U.S. In our four-part series, The World of Mothers, we explore how motherhood, childcare, childbirth and healthcare looks different – for better or worse. Holly Williams showed us how Finland, consistently ranked one of the best places to be a mom and praised for its low infant and maternal mortality rates, is pushing to be even better. Williams learned that it costs less than $60 to have a baby there and talks to one doctor who says it's possible for the U.S. to do the same. Alex Wagner explored motherhood in the United States. She meets a Massachusetts emergency room nurse and mother of two who did her best to prepare before her daughter arrived four weeks early via emergency C-section. She took on extra shifts, and even cashed out part of her 401(k), at a penalty, to keep her family afloat during her 12 weeks of … [Read more...] about The World of Mothers: What motherhood looks like in Finland, Kenya, China and the U.S.
FOR many women, the thought of becoming a mother is something taken for granted. We grow up, fall in love, have kids and live happily ever after. But sadly, that fairy tale is fiction for thousands. One woman who knows the heart-breaking reality of this is executive assistant Nicola Fletcher, 36, from Sidcup, South East London. In 2013, her and now-husband Marc, 38, started trying to a baby. After a year Nicola hadn’t fallen pregnant so they decided to try IVF. Now, five and a half years later and after four miscarriages, £125K and the tragic death of their twin boys, Charlie and Ellis, Nicola remains positive, strong and refuses to give up on her chance at motherhood. Here she tells her story… “From early on in our relationship Marc and I were very open about wanting kids. My brother’s got children, and my sister in law has kids too so it seemed very natural to us. After we’d been together for three years, bought our own home and done it up, we … [Read more...] about I watched in agony as my twin boys died after NINE rounds of IVF and FOUR miscarriages but I’m determined not to give up on motherhood
A Dronfield entrepreneur who was inspired to create a sanctuary after juggling her career with motherhood has launched a retreat aimed at women who lead busy lives. Ange Terry, 38, has opened the retreat business, ‘Secret Warriors’, in the Peak District. The retreat offers weekend escapes to help women ‘feel stronger, happier and more in control of life’. These typically includes treatments, gentle exercise and some free time to explore the Derbyshire countryside.Ange set up the business following her own personal challenges balancing work with parenting.From 2011 to 2012, Ange and her husband Neil went through two gruelling rounds of IVF before having their twins five years ago. Ange said: “While thrilled to become a mum, I found the emotional stress of the IVF, caring for our twins who slept terribly until they were two and trying to be the best I could at work, a challenge. “When I returned to my career in banking, I was working in London and … [Read more...] about Derbyshire mum-of-two who juggles motherhood and work launches retreat for fellow busy women
It's only three months down the road, and as she feeds and cuddles baby Bobby, she looks as if she's been doing this motherhood thing for years, not to mind the fact that the house, which is in south Co Dublin, is already warm, elegant and welcoming, with most rooms fully furnished. And she looks amazing - possibly the best she's ever looked. Glenda and her husband, Rob MacNaughton, moved into the house on a Monday, and Bobby arrived the following week, two weeks earlier than expected. "I had only finished work the Friday before. I was very sick throughout the pregnancy, vomiting every day. I had that condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, so I went into the Coombe on the Monday to see how things were going, and my waters broke in the car park," she explains. The fact that Glenda has been juggling different roles all her life probably stood to her at this stressful time. The TV-watching public know Glenda as one of Xpose's top presenters, as well as more recently the presenter of … [Read more...] about Glimpse inside Glenda Gilson’s home as she chats motherhood, maternity leave and Trump