Life as a Black Mom

The Hardest Part of Recovering from Postpartum Depression Was Learning to Speak Up for My Own Needs

After being ravaged by postpartum depression for most of 2015, my 2016 goal was to retain sanity — by any means necessary. Things had fallen apart soon after I gave birth to my daughter, with the pressures of work and... Continue Reading

Why I Reclaimed My Relationship with the Outdoors as a Black Woman and Went Camping

I had always been curious about camping. Something about a tent, a fire, and marshmallows sounded like a lot of fun, but when I brought it up, no one in my family wanted to sleep on the ground outside when... Continue Reading

New Studies Show the “Crack Baby” Was a Media Myth Designed to Frighten Whites and Criminalize Black Children

When you hear the term “crack baby, ” you might picture the movie Losing Isaiah with the screaming baby suffering due to his mother’s drug habit. He was the classic crack baby: disruptive, troubled, and fictional. Crack babies aren’t a... Continue Reading

I Sacrificed My Professional Dreams to Become a Mother 7 Times Over I wish I could paint this fairytale picture that where I am now in my life is what I’ve always wanted, but that’s the furthest from the truth. With a Bachelor of Science in International Business, I thought I... Continue Reading

9 Ways I Survive as a Black Woman Mothering Without a Village

From seeking advice about teething and feeding,  to getting help with the laundry and babysitting,  family members and friends make up the village most women depend on to help them bring up their child(ren). But, the reality for some of us is that we have made our homes in foreign countries or other locations that make it hard to see our loved ones regularly.... Continue Reading

Black Fathers Who Babywear!

By now you might have heard about the controversy over baby carrier company Baby K’Tan’s marketing for their sling. One box features a white mother and baby, with her partner standing behind her, the other features a black woman and... Continue Reading

Why I Gave My Daughter a Black Name — Despite the Perceived Consequences

As an African-American woman with an unusual name (Dara Tafakari), I know all too well that America is unkind to difference. People have always butchered my name mercilessly. When I got pregnant with my daughter, I considered naming her as... Continue Reading

What Strangers Shouldn’t Say to My Interracial Family That Doesn’t “Match”

  By Alicia Barnes, When I was pregnant, I felt sorry for my husband. I knew our child was going to be brown, lighter than me but still brown like me. I knew he was going to have thick... Continue Reading

Pregnancy Ruined My Hair in a Major Way

It’s been almost two years since I had my baby, and my hair is still recovering. Sure, I had heard about the postpartum shed, but I never thought about how it’d impact my thin, easy to break, super slow to... Continue Reading

Stunning Photo Series Celebrates Black Mothers Who Breastfeed

The Out of Africa photo series by Georgia-based Blue Sky photography celebrates black mothers who breastfeed, and the photos are just gorgeous! Click here to view the full photo series. Continue Reading

I’m a Black Woman, and I Had Postpartum Depression

Almost nine years ago, I was a new single mom in graduate school. In many ways, this should have been a time of great celebration. New baby and new opportunities in life. But instead, I was full of dread. I believed... Continue Reading

Don’t Shame Me For Teaching My 3-Year-Old to Read: Why Education is Important to Me as a Black Mother

Here on Baby and Blog, our section on education is one of the most popular. Whether it’s articles about supplemental homeschooling, or teaching 3-year-olds to read, moms are seeking this information out and incorporating it into their parenting routines. Recently... Continue Reading

Who Knew That Starting a Black Mommy Blog Would Be This Controversial?

I’ve shared before that I started this site because, during my pregnancy, I was surprised at how few black mom blogs existed. Now that I’m in the mommy blogging game, I realize that that wasn’t entirely true. I really wasn’t... Continue Reading

I Was ‘Black While Mothering’ Today…

By Jenn Jackson My husband and I have three gorgeous children. Our oldest will be six next month. Our youngest just arrived last month. We were married in 2006 after dating for three years. We are college sweethearts. Next spring,... Continue Reading

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