Claire Shefchik

Claire Shefchik is a writer, editor, and pirate.

We Know A Lot, But The Start Of Labor Is Still Kind Of A Mystery

Scientists know more about pregnancy and birth than ever before. But what causes labor? Turns out, we don't really have a clue yet. "No one really understands what causes labor," says Martha Artyomenko of Montana's Flathead Valley Doulas in an…
By Claire Shefchik

My Father Was One of the First Dad Bloggers

The boy I'd been embarrassingly in love with for the past year bounded up to me after a drama club meeting, more pleased with himself than usual. "I see your dad wrote about me today." I rolled my eyes. It didn't matter that my dad actually had not…
By Claire Shefchik

Did Debbie Reynolds Die Of Grief?

On Dec. 28, 2016, in one of the most tragic events of an undeniably tragic year, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds passed away from a stroke after being rushed to the hospital. She’d collapsed at her son’s house while making funeral plans for her…
By Claire Shefchik

A Brief History of the "Bad Mom"

In many ways, 2016 was the year of the Bad Mom. Not only did it see the premiere of the movie Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristin Bell as the bed-hopping, booze-swilling, PTA-cutting moms in question, but it was also the year…
By Claire Shefchik

A Short History Of Surrogacy Shows How Much More We Have To Learn

Log onto the website of any fertility clinic these days, and chances are you’ll see surrogacy offered on the “menu” right alongside induced ovulation, egg donation, in vitro fertilization, (IVF) and other assisted reproduction technologies (ART).…
By Claire Shefchik