After disrupting the fear-based pregnancy advice space with her first book “Expecting Better”, Economist Emily Oster is back, applying her data-driven decision making to parenting with her second book, “Cribsheet”. Many of her conclusions will surprise you: like who is the biggest beneficiary of breast-feeding, who is correct in the sleep train or not debate, and how to understand the full body of research around vaccinations. If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate Oster’s warmth and candor about her own parenting experiences and you’ll leave this interview feeling informed, empowered, and confident in your own parenting choices.
Over the past few years, I carried both of my babies so low that the skin between my belly button and my pubic bone became their permanent home. My body, stretched out in like a shelf, my baby curled up on top of it. Navigating my postpartum body and belly that was home to these babies is a journey.
In our culture, mothers are divided into two camps: the “Perfect Mother” or the “Bad Mom.” This false dichotomy robs women of a shared language to speak about motherhood as it really is: an expansive, grey emotional zone of swirling, conflicting feelings. Dr. Alexandra Sacks guides us a through a new way of looking at motherhood through the lens of “matrescence” — or the natural psychological experience that is the identity transition into motherhood.
I think a lot about the phrase “Kill Your Darlings,”an expression for writers who are in the writing room, having to sob and wring their hands and kill the good ideas in pursuit of the really great—even excellent—ideas. In business, we have to do this all the time. But I think there’s a piece missing, especially for women business owners, and we’re not talking about it.
The two co-founders of StoryMine Media were already parents and they’d done the pregnancy thing before. But then they found out they were both pregnant at the same time. Listen in to this joint conversation as we talk about what to do if both co-founders are pregnant and how this can affect your business planning, strategy, and plays.