Maureen Shaw

Maureen is a multimedia journalist and writer who focuses on gender and politics. Her writing has appeared widely online, including ThinkProgress, Quartz, Mic, The Atlantic, Rewire and more.
Recent Articles

I Had My Membranes Stripped To Induce Labor, & It Was 2 Fast 2 Furious

If I were a betting woman, I’d wager that most every pregnant woman nearing or past her due date has begged a doctor to “get this baby out of me” (GTBOOM). I was absolutely one of them, especially with my last pregnancy. My enthusiasm on GTBOOM was g…
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I Tried Being Tougher On My Kids, & It Was Way Harder On Me Than On Them

I cave easily to my kids’ demands, whether it’s for an extra cookie, a fourth bedtime story or crawling into bed with me in the middle of the night. I’d love to say it’s because I want to do anything in my power to make them happy, but really it’s be…
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I'm Pretty Sure Every Sleep Training "Method" Is BS, Here's Why

I haven’t had an uninterrupted night’s sleep in over three years. I wish that was an exaggeration, but sadly it isn’t. My son, who is 2-and-a-half, has never slept through the night (add the joys of trying to sleep while uncomfortably pregnant, and t…
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I Tried Contouring Like Kim Kardashian West, & Let's Just Say I Rocked It

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, and mine happens to be Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I’m a work-from-home mom whose “glam” style consists of brushed teeth and remembering to wear a bra, so I'm fascinated by Kim's enviable beauty and lifestyle. Tha…
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White Parents, This Is On Us

The gross demonstration of hate at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this past weekend, culminating in the death of a peaceful protester, filled me with rage, but that wasn’t all. I’ve been a feminist activist for over a decade and a voc…
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No One Wants To Talk About Queefing During Labor — So I Will

The day I went into labor with my daughter started out like any other day during my pregnancy—with a pint of ice cream balanced on my belly. But it ended with a bang — or perhaps I should say a bloody pop, courtesy of the world's most embarrassing em…
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My Daughter Wants To Be A Mommy When She Grows Up — & That's Not OK

“I want to be just like you, mommy!” When my daughter recently said those words, I was floored. I'm not particularly patient and I'm quick to lose my temper, so I don't consider myself a perfect parent. I was shocked that she wanted to be just like m…
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Pregnancy Helped Me Reclaim My Body

When I was 15, I was sexually assaulted. I didn’t tell a soul for seven years. The experience left me full of self-blame and loathing for years, and I hated my body for what was done to it. But nearly half a lifetime after my sexual assault, my first…
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I Lost My Supply Overnight, & It Was A Nightmare

Like many nursing moms, I struggled with supply issues that made breastfeeding close to impossible. But unlike many women, I didn't have to deal with undersupply. Instead, my breasts produced so much milk that I was in constant pain and my babies had…
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I Posted My Cellulite On Instagram For A Week

When my first butt dimple appeared in my 20s, I freaked out. But it was nothing compared to the cellulite that showed up during my first pregnancy. I was unprepared for what pregnancy hormones, water retention, and weight gain would do to my butt and…
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I Didn't Know I Had PPD

When my daughter was born nearly five years ago, I was overjoyed. She was perfect: healthy, rosy, and with large, inquiring eyes. My pregnancy was both planned and wanted, and I was beyond thrilled that my first child was a girl. In the weeks leadin…
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