Mothering (magazine)

Mothering is a magazine that promotes natural mothering practices and attachment parenting.[1] It began publishing in 1976.[2] The headquarters is in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[3]

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Year founded1976
Final issueMarch–April 2011
CountryUnited States
Based inSanta Fe, New Mexico


Mothering was founded in 1976, and in 1980, Peggy O'Mara became editor and publisher.[2] The November–December 2010 issue was the last printed issue of the Mothering magazine.[2] On February 15, 2011, Mothering magazine announced that publication of the magazine would end completely after the March–April 2011 issue, and that Mothering would subsequently become a Web-only company.[2] Paid subscribers initially reacted to this unexpected announcement with anger, sadness, and demands for refunds.[4]


The magazine covers alternative childbirth options, and advocates breastfeeding, alternative education, homeschooling, co-sleeping and open discussion about the risks and benefits of vaccination.[5] Journalist Emily Bazelon, who writes about women, family, and legal issues, has described the magazine is "my own barometer of granola parenting gone too far".[6]

In 2006, Mothering sponsored a contest that solicited artwork to create an international symbol for breastfeeding. The winning design, chosen from more than 500 entries, was announced in November 2006.[7][8]

In 2001, Mothering featured a cover story about AIDS denialist and HIV+ person, Christine Maggiore, who was pregnant with her daughter at the time and refused to take any anti-HIV drugs to protect her unborn daughter from becoming infected with HIV. Maggiore's daughter caught HIV from her mother and died at the age of 3 from AIDS-related complications; Maggiore herself died six years later.[9]


Mothering has published books through a division of Simon & Schuster:

  • Mothering Magazine's Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth, Peggy O'Mara. Atria publishing (2003) ISBN 978-0-7434-3963-3
  • Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting, Peggy O'Mara. Atria publishing (2000) ISBN 978-0-671-02744-5

Web presenceEdit

The magazine's web forum, MotheringDotCommunity or "MDC", has 160,000 registered members as of February 2011.[2]


  1. ^ McDermott, Nancy (2012-05-21). "Time magazine did not invent the mommy wars". Spiked Online. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e O'Mara, Peggy (February 15, 2011). "How We Became a Web Company". Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Parenting Magazines". Book Market. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Carlson, Prescott (2011-02-16). "'Mothering' magazine goes online only, subscribers revolt". Minor Topics. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ "Mothering Vaccination Forum Guidelines". Mothering Magazine. 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  6. ^ Bazelon, Emily (2007-05-20). "Montessori and Me". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  7. ^ Mothering's Breastfeeding Symbol Contest Has a Winner.
  8. ^ Mothering Magazine announces winner of International Breastfeeding Icon Design Contest. November 13, 2006.
  9. ^ Filipovic, Jill (2013-11-01). "xoJane isn't doing women any favors with its 'birth like chimpanzees' story". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-01.

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