Letter to New Yahoo CEO: Please Take More Maternity Leave

Writer and mother Linda K. Wertheimer writes a letter to new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer who has taken the Mommy Wars to a new level with her insistence that she’ll work through just a few weeks of maternity leave than return to work. Linda writes in favor of a longer maternity leave and the chance to really experience some of the moments of new motherhood. Not to mention, new mothers need time off to heal physically and bond with their babies. Continue reading

Beshert: Becoming first-time Mom at 43


I never planned to become a mother for the first time at age 43. I dated with the hope of marrying in my 20s, then in my 30s as I juggled a newspaper career and moved from one city to another for better jobs. At first, the religion of my beaus mattered little. In my 20s, I was barely connected to Judaism. In my 30s, I became more connected to my faith and pickier about the religion of the men I dated. I decided I wanted to marry someone Jewish. Then, … Continue reading

Finding love, having baby in my 40s


Summary: In 2003, I am a 39-year-old single newspaper reporter in Dallas. I refuse to consider becoming a mother on my own. Instead, I wish for what seems out of reach. Love, marriage, then baby. I wrote a post a few years ago by request for the website for a book called Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood. Below is a link to the piece.