• By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    Confession: I was unmoved by the "World's Toughest Job" video. You know the one. It's popping up in Facebook feeds faster than a "What character on New Girl are you?" quiz (wait, does that exist? I'd take that), usually accompanied by comments like "Love!" and "So true" and "Crying now."

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    Perhaps I did not cry myself because I knew what was coming, thanks in part to who I saw sharing the video. Hint: It was not the people who usually post their "Where am I now?" vacation pictures, but the ones who share their kids' funny observations on life (I love those, btw--not knocking them). But honestly, even if I'd clicked on it blind, wasn't it a bit obvious? Don't we all know the trope that moms have the worst, most thankless job in the world?

    I'm so bored by that idea, I can't even tell you.

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    One day when my son was tiny, when he was so

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  • 10 Tips and Tricks That Prepared Me for a Natural Birth10 Tips and Tricks That Prepared Me for a Natural BirthA little over two years ago, I experienced one of my life's greatest accomplishments: giving birth to my daughter Fern … naturally without so much as an aspirin. (You can read her birth story here if you're interested.)

    I don't share this to brag - truly. I'm kind of a baby when it comes to pain and quite honestly one of the last people you would ever expect to have a natural birth, so the fact that I did it? Well, it was pretty freaking empowering, and I have never been so proud in all my life.

    I totally get why some women want their epidurals and I completely respect that, but natural birth really is amazing. Birth is by its very nature unpredictable, but if a natural birth is what you're aiming for, then there are definitely some things you can do to prepare yourself ahead of time in order to increase your odds of having the birth you've dreamed of.

    I made a list of some of the things that helped me most in preparing for my natural birth, and I hope you'll find them helpful as

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  • Maria De Jesus had appendicitis, but her right ovary was taken out(Newser) - As far as medical mix-ups go, it's a horrifying one. In October 2011, a 32-year-old woman underwent an operation at Queen's Hospital outside of London; Maria De Jesus was suffering from appendicitis and needed to have her appendix removed. Instead, her right ovary was taken out, and De Jesus, who was 21 weeks pregnant with her fourth child at the time, ended up dying roughly three weeks later. The case is now in front of a medical tribunal, which is weighing the medical fates of the two doctors involved, then-trainee surgeon Dr. Yahya Al-Abed, and Dr. Babatunde Coker, who was supposed to be supervising him.

    During the Oct. 23 surgery, De Jesus began to bleed "quite heavily. ... In the midst of this, Mr. Al-Abed removed what he clearly believed to be the appendix. He thought he found it, removed it, and gave to a nurse what later turned out to be Patient A's ovary," the tribunal heard. Coker, who was eating lunch at the time, was never summoned, nor was he aware the surgery

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  • Photo: Warner Bros.The Harry Potter series is unequivocally one of the most beloved collections of books ever published. With over 450 million copies in print, translated into 73 languages, and turned into eight movies that were distributed in nearly every country on Earth, the wonderful wizarding world is incredibly far-reaching. But the expansiveness of the franchise doesn’t necessarily translate into a diverse cast of characters in the fantasy fiction. Just ask college student Rachel Rostad.

    The junior at Macalester College in St. Louis called out author J.K. Rowling at an annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) with a poem Rostad wrote from the perspective of Cho Chang, the only Asian at Hogwarts. (While she won the “Best of the Rest” award in 2013 for her work, the video has resurfaced because the 2014 CUPSIs recently took place.) The piece, titled “‪To J.K. Rowling, from Cho Chang,” speaks to the lack of diversity in the Harry Potter plot and the stereotypes Rowling uses to portray

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  • By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    We love when Josh Duhamel shares photos of his adorable son Axl on social media, and REDBOOK readers have made it abundantly clear that they do too. We couldn't wait to ask Josh about his favorite Instagram subject, and we finally got our chance when he teamed up with Advil's Relief in Action campaign to help kick off National Volunteer Week. Get ready to "aww"… a lot.

    What's changed the most in your life since Axl was born?
    "When a baby comes along, that just comes first. You want to be there for everything, so it's been about trying to organize my time a little better. We literally both want to be there and see everything. It doesn't feel like much of a compromise; it just sort of naturally happens."

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    What's been the best part about watching Fergie as a mom?
    "Her ability to entertain extends all the way to infants. I try to entertain, but Axl isn't as interested as he

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: XYZ/GAMEPIKSWhat we know for sure about Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's adorable relationship is that the couple is engaged, due to the huge bling on her ring finger, Mila has effortless and chic maternity style and… not much else.

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    Sadly, the couple is known for being super-private, so we need to get over the fact that there won't be any gender reveal parties or colored balloons for them on Instagram and be happy about Us Weekly's reporting instead.

    Today, the outlet stated that Mila and Ashton are having a… baby girl! Woohoo! We bet Kelso and Jackie…ahh, I mean Ashton and Mila, are thrilled about the news, especially since Ashton is surrounded by guys all the time on Two and a Half Men.

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  • (Thinkstock Photos)I’m not a fan of letting my kids watch a lot of television or play endless video games. We have an iPad and more TVs than I care to admit so I’m certainly not anti, but we’ve always tried to limit screen time. Then we had a third child. Add to that the winter that wouldn’t quit and more and more technology seeped into our routine. Before I knew it, my older kids (6 and 4) were like addicted little zombies constantly asking to play/watch/touch. They would put the TV on without asking. I’d find them hiding behind the couch with the iPad. They tried to snatch our iPhones from our hands and when they’d be Skyping with my in-laws on the iPad, my son would flip the screen to sneak in a little Minecraft.

    It wasn’t that they were glued to these things 24/7 (they weren’t), it’s that they came to expect the screen time rather than view it as a treat. I worried they had become so dependent that we couldn’t go back. Because I’d become dependent too — when you’re juggling three young kids and a

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  • What is your family looking for in a neighborhood?You've finally found the home of your dreams. It's got great light, huge closets, and it's in your price range. But before you sign on the dotted line, it's important to venture out and make sure the neighborhood meets your expectations. Safety, of course, is the major concern, but there are other points to ponder as well. Crime stats, school ratings, and neighborhood amenities are just a few considerations. Read on to smartly assess your new home's surroundings (and then go pick out curtains).


    1. Real Estate Reconnaissance. Count up the other homes for sale or rent on your block and visit a few areas nearby, too. If you find a large number on the market, it could be a negative: too many available spots might mean people are leaving the neighborhood. Empty apartments and homes can attract graffiti, trash, or worse.


    2. Service With a Smile. You may not need take-out or puppy grooming on every corner, but look around for some of the more common businesses you tend to patronize. Go

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Celebuzz

    Lily Allen hasn't recovered from her absolutely heartbreaking stillbirth in 2010, but now she's willing to speak out about her depression that came from losing her baby boy when she was six months pregnant.

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    "It was horrendous and something I would not wish on my worst enemy," Lily tells The Sun. "It's something that I still haven't dealt with. I never will get over it. I have dealt with it, you know, as being at one with it. But it's not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful - one of the hardest things that can happen to a person."


    Lily's husband, Sam Cooper, stood by her side after their loss and after her septicemia scare days later, which is a blood poisoning infection that can often be fatal. Lily had also suffered a miscarriage in 2008.


    "I was overwhelmed by what an incredibly unlucky thing it was to happen. But I had this

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  • After a 30-year decline, more mothers are staying at home with their children.

    By Sally Holmes

    After a steady 30-year decline, the number of mothers staying at home to take care of their children is once again on the rise, a new study from Pew reports. Based on census bureau data, the study found that in 2012, 29% of mothers age 18 to 69 with children under 18 living with them, did not work outside the home-that's about 10.4 million more women than in 1999. Of that number, two-thirds are married, stay-at-home mothers with working husbands, but the other third is compromised of single mothers or married women with non-working or absent husbands.

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    But not all of these women are staying at home by choice. The study finds that six percent of women in 2012 reported that they were staying home because they were unable to find a job, compared to one percent in 2000. Other reasons for staying home were due to illness, disability, or being enrolled in school. The study also cites the

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