When both parents are employed, mothers still take on significantly more child-care duties than fathers do, according to a new study out of Ohio State University. The study was based on time diaries of 182 middle-class couples in which both parents worked. When the children were 9 months old, on an average work day, the mothers spent 70 percent of their time outside of work performing some sort of child-care task, versus less than 50 percent of time for the dads. The results showed that moms spent more time even after excluding breast-feeding and pumping from the time tally.
Isabella Blackard's life began traumatically. When doctors removed her from her mother via cesarean section on Jan. 22, she was unresponsive and not breathing. Her mother, Cristin Blackard, had realized something was wrong when her water broke and it contained blood. She rushed to the emergency room in Klamath Falls where they found no heartbeat for the baby. Blackard was quickly in surgery. Once the… ... more