Is there any age at which it’s okay to be a mother? Asking on behalf oftwo billion women across the globe. Have a baby in your teens and you’re feckless. Have one in your twenties or thirties and you’re a workplace liability. Have one in your early forties – which I did – and you’re plain deluded about your physical and emotional capabilities. Try to pencil it in for your fifties and ha! You left it too late. The fertility ship has already sailed. At least, that’s been the story up till now. As someone who’s had children at 33, 34 and 40, with friends who had them in their teens and twenties, I’ve never found it particularly convincing. Occasionally I envy my peers who already have adult children making their way in their world. At other times I feel blessed to have been able to wait until I was less of an immature prat – speaking very much for myself – before embarking on motherhood. At no point have I thought … [Read more...] about Opinion: The massive problem with the latest ‘older mothers’ study
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This Sunday marks the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s novel for young readers, Little Women. Depending on how you read it, the book is a coming-of-age classic, or the drippiest thing since someone ate an ice cream cone inside the magma chamber of an active volcano. The author herself, who wrote what would sell to earn a living, described her earnest tale as “moral pap,” and you can see her point. It’s also something else, which gets less attention: a hymn to motherhood, setting the tone for a strange American culture that idolises mothers as much as it tears them apart. Long before the hockey mom strode onto the scene, there were the rustling skirts and self-sacrificing smile of “Marmee,” a pioneer-age icon of American maternity. The real heroine of Little Women isn’t fiery Jo or placid Beth: it’s their mom. This was what struck me the most, re-reading the book as a jaded 30-something mother. It’s there from the earliest … [Read more...] about Little Women and America’s great big problem with motherhood
20 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-44544681 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel A teenager charged with the murder of a Londonderry man who was stabbed to death has been refused bail.Father-of-five Karol Kelly, 35, was attacked during a fight involving a group of men in Grafton Street, Rosemount, at about 02:40 GMT on 4 March.Sitting at … [Read more...] about Teenager charged with murder refused bail
PUBLISHED: 15:11 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:22 16 May 2018 Chris Flanagan Police are warning of Xanax use in Potters Bar Archant Two teenage boys have been taken to hospital after suffering side effects from an antidepressant drug in Potters Bar. Police have said that following the suspected use of Xanax – an antidepressant that is illegal to buy in this country – a 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital in April after becoming ill at home. A 14-year-old was also rushed to hospital after collapsing in a youth club in March – and two more young people received treatment after being in contact with drug in Potters Bar. Hertsmere Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Edwards said: “Although it is not believed to be a widespread problem at the moment, there have been a few isolated reports of suspected Xanax use recently in the town. “We are working with parents and schools to try and make sure no other children suffer the effects of the antidepressant, which is … [Read more...] about Police warning: Two teenagers hospitalised after exposure to antidepressant drug in Potters Bar
TOT Alfie Evans' parents made desperate pleas to move their son from Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool to Italy for treatment and a possible diagnosis for his mystery condition. While doctors were unsure of a definitive diagnosis, Alfie was in a semi-vegetative state for over a year and was thought to have a similar mitochondrial condition to Charlie Gard. What was wrong with Alfie? Alfie Evans had been living in a coma for well over a year after being struck down with a mystery illness. The 23-month-old missed numerous developmental milestones in his first seven months, his family said. He started making "jerking, seizure-like movements" and was taken to the doctors, but his parents were told he was "lazy and a late developer", the family claim. But he caught a chest infection that caused seizures and was placed on life support at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool in December 2016. The 23-month-old's parents broke the news that Alfie had lost his battle for life to their … [Read more...] about What was wrong with Alfie Evans, what degenerative neurological condition did the baby boy have and when did he die?