Author Archives: Maria Guido

10 Ways A Scheduled C-Section Is Different From An Emergency C-Section

10 Ways A Scheduled C-Section Is Different From An Emergency C-Section

Having been through both an emergency c-section and a planned one — I can honestly say a planned c-section is not nearly as terrifying. If you have been through a bad experience with an emergency c-section and are pregnant and terrified with the prospect of going through a surgical birth, I’m here to ease your mind a little. It’s not the same experience. It’s really not as bad. More »

Stop Defending Abuse Because You Endured It And Turned Out ‘Okay’

Stop Defending Abuse Because You Endured It And Turned Out 'Okay'

I’m trying to imagine a situation where I could calmly tell my child to go outside and find me a large stick, take that stick, strip it to prep it, and beat my 4-year-old until he bleeds. I can’t because I’m not psychotic. I’m beyond sick of people defending the barbaric treatment of children because they were abused themselves and think they turned out “okay.” You didn’t turn out “okay.” You turned into an adult who doesn’t flinch when they see a 4-year-old beaten bloody. There is nothing okay about that. More »

I Pack The Same Lunch For My Preschooler Every Day #SorryNotSorry

I Pack The Same Lunch For My Preschooler Every Day #SorryNotSorry

I often feel like a failure when it comes to certain aspects of parenting – mostly the aspects that you can brag about on social media. I am not crafty. I do not have an especially beautiful house with adorable kid projects all over it. But the thing at which I feel like I’m failing most, is sending my kid to preschool with something interesting to eat. My kid goes to preschool three days a week and I pack him the same lunch every, single time he goes. Is it okay that I am starting to make peace with this? More »

Shoving Vagina Puppets In Your Toddler’s Face All Day Is Not ‘Body Positive Parenting’

Shoving Vagina Puppets In Your Toddler's Face All Day Is Not 'Body Positive Parenting'

“What we’re going to do, is we’re going to paint some vulva portraits!” says mom, as she makes a muppet voice emerge from a vagina puppet. You really can’t make this stuff up. This mom’s practice of “body positive parenting,” really just translates into, “I shove pictures of vaginas in my two-year-old daughter’s face all day and pretend that it’s normal.” Oh, sorry. Vulvas. She shoves pictures of vulvas into her daughter’s face all day. I don’t want to offend anyone who gets irate when people mistakenly call the vulva a vagina. More »

Sports World Continues To Sh*t On Women, This Time By Firing One For Being Pregnant And Single

Sports World Continues To Sh*t On Women, This Time By Firing One For Being Pregnant And Single

The first female senior vice president in the Mets’ 52-year-history claims she was fired because the team’s CEO was “morally opposed” to her being pregnant and unwed. Fantastic. As if any of us are looking towards the sports industry to be a moral compass. I’m not surprised the CEO thought he could get away with this behavior. I guess he thought his actions would go unnoticed — not a bad guess considering how much the sports world gets away with in regards to their treatment of issues affecting women lately. More »

GoFundMe Will Help You Ban Abortions, But Not Get One

GoFundMe Will Help You Ban Abortions, But Not Get One

Last week, news broke that a woman had taken to the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe to help pay for her second trimester abortion. GoFundMe pulled the campaign, saying that it was not appropriate for the site because it contained “subject matter that GoFundMe would rather not be associated with.” Turns out they are only comfortable funding campaigns that help stop a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body — not support it. More »

Take The Time To Read #WhyIStayed, Then Never Ask That Question Of A Domestic Abuse Survivor Again

Take The Time To Read #WhyIStayed, Then Never Ask That Question Of A Domestic Abuse Survivor Again

Masses of survivors took to Twitter last night, to show support for Janay Palmer and answer the question, “Why did she stay?” What resulted are some really powerful testaments to the strength of survivors and a window into the hell that is domestic violence. Take the time today to read #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft. And then never ask that question of a domestic abuse survivor again. More »

Anti-Vaxx Doc Unbelievably Uses Herd Immunity As A Reason Why His Patients Don’t Have To Vaccinate

Anti-Vaxx Doc Unbelievably Uses Herd Immunity As A Reason Why His Patients Don't Have To Vaccinate

I’ve never heard of Dr. Bob Sears because I believe in vaccinations and recognize my social responsibility to public health. I guess if I didn’t, I may have searched him out or even bought his book, The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, like 250,000 other parents have. Apparently, the man has become a celebrity of sorts among parents who are afraid to vaccinate their children. More »