Rae Mariah MacCarthy

Rae Mariah MacCarthy is a nonbinary birth mother. They're also a Young Adult novelist, award-winning playwright, performer, storyteller, curator, and all-around creatrix. Their YA novel, Squad, is out now with FSG, and their Amazon Original memoir, My Boy, Their Son, was Amazon's #1 Best-Seller in Adoption. They’ve written for BuzzFeed, Refinery29, YES! magazine, Look (UK) magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, and other outlets. Their plays have been performed all over the world, and the New York Times called their immersive party play, Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion, “a lot of fun.” They live in Astoria with their cat, Sophie. Visit them at https://www.mariahmaccarthy.com.

Rae Mariah MacCarthy

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What It Felt Like To Be In My Body After Relinquishing A Baby

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Why Isn't Adoption Part of the Anti-Surrogacy Conversation?

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Let's Just Talk About The Postpartum Queef

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I Made Padsicles To Soothe My Postpartum Vagina & Guys, I'm A Genius

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I'm A Birth Mother, & Mother's Day Is Tough For Me

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I Pushed For What Seemed Like A Million Hours And It Was The Worst

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I Went Braless For A Week & Here's What Happened

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Why I Always Ask For My Son's Consent Before Hugging Him

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I'm A Birth Mother And Donald Trump Makes Me Not Want My Own Kids Anymore

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I'm A Birth Mother. Please Stop Asking Me If I'm A Surrogate.

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I Couldn't Breastfeed My Son Before Placing Him For Adoption & I'm OK With It

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Why I Talk So Openly About My Pregnancy Sex Experiences

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When You're A Birth Mother, There Is Literally No Pregnancy Advice That Acknowledges You

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I Had A Meltdown Getting An IUD After Giving Birth

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Adopting A Kitten Brought My Birth-Mother Guilt To The Surface

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This Is What Your Baby Shower Is Like When You're Placing Your Baby For Adoption

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I Gave Birth Surrounded By My Friends & I Wouldn't Change A Thing

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Honestly, I Couldn't Have Given Birth Without My Labor & Delivery Nurse By My Side

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As A Birth Mom, Sometimes I Feel Like A Fraud

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This Is What It's Like To Visit The Son I Placed For Adoption