Britni de la Cretaz

Britni de la Cretaz is a feminist momma, community organizer, recovered alcoholic, and Red Sox enthusiast living in Boston, MA.

15 Words Only A Boston Kid Will Learn, Because It's "Jimmies," Never "Sprinkles"

One of the most impersonated — and let’s face it, mocked — regional dialects in the U.S. is Boston’s. And while everyone knows the “pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd” gag, there’s plenty of slang that only the locals know. I’ve lived here for 10 years and…
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9 Ways To Avoid Being A Toxic Parent, Because 'Mommie Dearest' Is Not Aspirational

In many ways, I grew up with toxic parents. As a result, it’s become very important to me that I learn how to avoid being a toxic parent myself. I don’t want to have an unhealthy relationship with my child because I know how hard it can be. My mother…
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7 Tips For Explaining Feminism To Your Male SO, Since Feminist Partners Are Where It's At

Feminists make the best partners. A feminist significant other will strive for a more egalitarian relationship, and will prioritize your safety and well-being. Not only that, they’ll believe you when you talk about your own oppression and marginaliza…
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7 Reasons 'A Rugrats Chanukah' Was The Best Episode Ever (One Word: Maccababy)

December TV is filled to the brim with holiday specials. However, those holiday specials are less like “holiday” specials and more like “Christmas” specials. Holiday season can be a very lonely time for Jewish kids across America, as television is a …
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7 Things 'The O.C.' Taught Us About Blending Religions, Because Chrismukkah Really Is The Best of Both Worlds

In the first season of The O.C., Seth Cohen introduced viewers to one of the best holidays ever — Chrismukkah. Raised by parents in an interfaith relationship (his mother was a Christian and his father, a Jew), Seth found a solution to the overload o…
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There Are No Heroes In My Rape Story, But There Should Have Been

Tom* was always invited to all the parties, always asked to be part of the group when everyone went out. To everyone else, he was fun-loving Tom. Friendly Tom. Happy-go-lucky Tom. To me, he was my rapist. There were no heroes on the night in 2003 whe…
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I Gave My Baby Donated Breast Milk & I'd Do It Again In A Heartbeat

When I found out I was pregnant, I prepared the ways I figure most new parents do: I bought too many gadgets, hoarded hand-me-down clothing, and put together a birth plan that was incredibly detailed. I knew I wanted to breastfeed my baby and, when I…
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Common Chromosomal Abnormalities That Can Cause Miscarriage

Miscarriage is an incredibly common experience that people don’t often talk about. But pregnancy loss, particularly in early pregnancy, is not uncommon, and the majority of these miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities. Many people wait …
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Why Do Babies Have Umbilical Cords? Everything To Know About Baby's Lifeline

Many of us are familiar with the tradition of a baby’s father cutting the umbilical cord in the delivery room because we see it happen in movies all the time. You may also have heard horror stories of umbilical cords being wrapped around a baby’s nec…
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Adam LaRoche's Early Retirement Sends A Huge Message About Fatherhood

This week, in a move that surprised many people, Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche abruptly announced his retirement, with $13 million left on his contract. He promised further explanation later in the week and yesterday, that explanation …
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7 Ways To Support A Transgender Child, Or One Who Thinks They Might Be

I’ve thought a lot about what I would do if my child was transgender. Not because it’s something I want to prevent, or something I’m worried might happen. No, I’ve thought about it because I want to be prepared with ways to support a transgender chil…
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Is It Safe To Have X-Rays While Pregnant? When Can You Go In For A Scan

Being pregnant essentially consists of nine months of figuring out what is and is not safe to do in your condition. Lifting heavy boxes? Generally considered a bad idea. Eating sushi? Unsafe. Soft cheese? Nope. Hot tubs? Don’t even think about it. Ta…
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How Can You Tell If Your Water's Broken? It’s Not The Waterfall Hollywood Wants You To Believe

When I imagined my water breaking, images of fluid gushing out from between my legs filled my head. I pictured myself dripping wet or slipping on the copious amounts of fluid. I also assumed I would know when it happened. So imagine my surprise when,…
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Why Do Babies Have The Shakes? It’s Perfectly Normal

Babies do weird things, many of which you probably weren’t made aware of before you had one. As a new parent, you may find yourself worried about little things that may or may not be a big deal. One of those things that people often don’t tell you be…
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Can You Breastfeed On Xanax? You May Have To Put Yourself First

It’s a scene many moms are familiar with. You’ve recently given birth and you’re frazzled as hell. Maybe your baby won’t stop crying, you can’t get anything done around the house, and you feel like you’re going to lose it. Maybe your anxiety is throu…
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What Is In Vitro Fertilization? IVF Is Helping Thousands Of Couples Become Parents

Although many pregnancies happen after two heterosexual people copulate, resulting in a fertilized egg, that’s not always the case. Some people have difficulty conceiving a child, or perhaps don’t have a partner (or a partner with whom they can have …
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11 Birth Stories To Read If Giving Birth Terrifies You

For a first time parent, the idea of giving birth can be really scary. Even for a second or third time parent, the fear lingers, as every birth is unique. Some go smoothly, some have hiccups. The one thing they all have in common is that they’re almo…
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Nipple Stimulation Works To Induce Labor, But That Doesn’t Mean You Should Try It

By the end of pregnancy, I was totally over it. In order to achieve my goal of no longer being pregnant, I did some reading about natural ways to induce labor. No surprise, the internet is full of ways to bring on labor at the end of pregnancy, and o…
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Do Kegels Help With Childbirth? Exercising Your Vagina Could Shorten Your Labor

Pregnancy does a number on your body, in ways you never imagined. And although it makes sense that carrying all that weight in your uterus might wreak havoc on your pelvic muscles, you may not have known that there’s something you can do about it. Pa…
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Can Orgasms Induce Labor? Consider Bringing On Baby With A Bang

Labor might be the least orgasmic thing that many people can think of (well, except for the people who practice “orgasmic birth,” I suppose). It’s a painful process, and if you deliver vaginally, it involves literally pushing another human being out …
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