Miranda Rake

Miranda is a staff writer at Romper, where she examines parenthood from every angle, with a particular interest in maternal mental health. She explores everything from moms who use psychedelic mushrooms to why so many American moms are on antidepressants, and from the meaning of Shiv Roy’s pregnancy to how (unfortunately) great it is to drink a whole lot less. Before joining Romper, she worked for more than a decade as a food writer at publications like Imbibe, Food52, and Food & Wine. She holds a masters degree in Food Studies from NYU, and a bachelors degree in Comparative Religion & Ethics from Willamette University.

She lives in Portland with her husband and two little kids, and is passionate about all of the usual stuff, like what Phoebe Waller-Bridge is up to, how her children are sleeping, good TV, and swimming in the warm sea. She thinks you should definitely cry-it-out because everything is easier after a good nights’ sleep. She also thinks that you should do what’s right for you instead of listening to her advice, because parenting is challenging, wonderful, and — most of all — deeply personal. She thinks you’re probably a really great parent, and she doesn’t really like leaf blowers or writing in the third person. For four years, she ran a small-batch jam company, as is typical for a Portland-based millennial like herself.

Miranda Rake


CDC Recommends Maternal RSV Vaccine During Pregnancy To Protect Babies

The CDC recommendation will make the vaccine much more widely accessible as RSV season begins to ramp up around the country.

A safer sick season

You Can Finally Protect Your Baby Against RSV, But Which Shot Is Right For You?

The FDA has approved two new shots that can prevent RSV’s scariest outcomes.


The Best 'Bluey' Episodes About School To Watch With Your Kids

Navigating school can be tricky. As always, the Heeler family is here to light the way.

Breastfeeding faq

Lactation Consultants Answer The Most Frequently-Asked Breastfeeding Questions

Expert advice is here.


A Visual Guide To The 6 Most Common Breastfeeding Positions

Lactation consultants explain the classic positions, and how to find the one that’s best for you and your baby.

Time is a construct, but we're stuck with it

This Cute Visual Timer Helps My Little Kid (& Me) Manage Transitions

A handy gadget for little procrastinators and their parents.

me time

22 Under-The-Radar, Feel-Good Shows To Stream After Bedtime

Whether you’ve got 30 minutes or an entire hour of grown-up time tonight, you’ll find a soothing show to love on this list.


Pediatrician Says The Epidemic Of Gun Deaths Among U.S. Children Is "Only Worsening"

“This epidemic is only worsening. There's no sign of it slowing down.”


The Brit Moms Of Instagram Saved Me

In the first weeks of motherhood, I needed friends who were awake at 3 a.m. They were there for me.


5 Yoga Poses To Try When You’re Trying To Conceive

It can't hurt & it just might help.


The Start Of Kindergarten Is The End Of Babyhood

Parenting has taught me a new emotion: Nostalgia for a time I’m currently living in.

Big Feelings

What Are The Zones of Regulation?

And how does describing yourself as being in a ‘red zone’ help your kids?


After Her Son Died In A Hot Car, This Mom Wrote a Memoir About Forgiveness

“If I can just help one person, that really is what the goal is.”


Parents Are Turning To L-Theanine To Treat Their Kids' Anxiety, But Is It Safe?

Step away from the supplement aisle — there are better ways to help your kid feel better.


The First Pill For Postpartum Depression Has Been FDA Approved

A reproductive psychiatrist who has studied the drug in depth explains what it is, how it works and when it may become available.

Totally Buggin'

The 10 Most Essential Clueless Quotes For Parents & How To Use Them

I’d like to thank Amy Heckerling for these quotes, without which I might never be tardy, er, funny.

turtle power

What To Know Before Taking Your Kids To See The New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie

The new movie is funny, but probably too scary for your preschooler.

Testing Testing

What Does A Faint Positive Pregnancy Test Mean?

Yeah, it means what you think it means.

Cheaper than a ticket to Maui

This Serum Is The One-And-Done Skin Care Product Of My Dreams

I only have the patience to slather one thing on my face every night, and it’s this gorgeous, affordable serum.

Pinch Pinch

Implantation Cramps, Explained

An OB-GYN explains what they are, what they can feel like, and when they usually happen.