Mara's World Blog

Where the Mara’s World moms and dads share their musings about daily life, current events, issues of interest, and what to make for dinner. If you’re curious for more on what Mara’s World (and this blog) is all about, check out our Welcome post.

United States Birth Outcomes

United States Birth Outcomes

– Not good enough - and how to beat the odds.

Birth outcomes refer to the number of healthy, sick, injured, or dead mothers and babies. Unfortunately, the status quo for new families in the United States isn’t what most people expect. The maternal death rate in the US is 21/100,000, on par with Iran and Hungary. 47 others, such as Estonia, Bosnia, Lithuania, and Poland, […]

Expecting Better and the Crisis of the Information Age

Expecting Better and the Crisis of the Information Age

– A Band-Aid, Not A Cure

, a new pregnancy book recently released by economist Emily Oster, opens with some self-disclosure that could be written by any one of thousands of modern educated women embarking on their first pregnancy. (The full title of the book is Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know.) […]

Strengthening Family with Holiday Rituals

Strengthening Family with Holiday Rituals

My family and I had no travel plans for Thanksgiving this year – which I believe is a first! The preceding weeks have been super busy and I found myself approaching the day thinking that un-rushed time at home and some reheated leftovers would be holiday enough for us. I wasn’t planning to do anything […]

Running and Pregnancy

Running and Pregnancy

I was an avid runner before getting pregnant with my first child. I ran upwards of 30 miles per week, I ran races and marathons, and I thrived on the “runner’s high”. Then I got pregnant, and starting about the 14th week I noticed things began to change. My pelvis ached terribly when I ran. […]

Work, Family, and the Genderization of Caregiving

Work, Family, and the Genderization of Caregiving

Interesting fact of the day: Men who take time away from work for caregiving responsibilities face about a 25% wage penalty due to a decreased chance of promotions (very similar to the wage penalty experienced by female caregivers), whereas men who take time away from work for incarceration only experience a 5% penalty. Really? Most […]

Toddler Watching and Body Listening: Pointing the Way to Better Posture?

Toddler Watching and Body Listening: Pointing the Way to Better Posture?

– Postpartum Health and Spine Alignment

One of the joys of having a toddler in the house is watching them learn to use their body in new ways. In just the past five days my daughter has learned the fine arts of pointing, throwing balls, jumping (she almost can get two feet off the ground!), and bending her knees in rhythm […]

My Thoughts on the Work/Life “Balance”

After an article about “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” was published in The Atlantic Magazine, it seemed like there was renewed vigor in the discussion of women’s liberation, working motherhood, the realities of our modern world and situation as women, etc. It really got me thinking about these very important topics. It is […]

Who is Mara & Why this Blog: A Welcome Post

Who is Mara & Why this Blog: A Welcome Post

Welcome to Mara’s World! A world where parents are fulfilled and supported, which empowers them to provide their children with unconditional love, wise guidance, fascinating stimulation, and joyful secure roots. Who is Mara? If you have already checked out our about page you know that Mara is not a real person. Mara is nothing more […]