When I was in the late stages of pregnancy, a trend emerged of news stories about women who regretted having children. I devoured these articles with the kind of sickened interest that makes you unable to look away from an accident. Inevitably the women would describe how they desperately wanted a baby, until the moment their child was placed in their arms. Eight months into parenthood, I’ve come to think that the root of the shock and regret some women feel is the isolation of family units.
It’s not just the constant pain. After a while, you learn to adjust to that new normal. It’s the feeling that you weren’t warned; that you never gave your consent for the risks you were exposed to. That is the message coming out of the Senate inquiry into the use of vaginal mesh products to treat women who have vaginal prolapses. The submissions are heartbreaking. Many are handwritten, intimate portraits of lives interrupted by constant infections and pain, of relationships disrupted.
The flaws in the breast-is-best dogma that made me feel like a failure. I did everything by the book. Within minutes of my baby's first breaths I held her to my chest and watched her tiny mouth begin to suckle. As a health writer and medical student I was very pro-breastfeeding. I'd done classes before birth and read the long lists of everything breastfeeding had and could do compared with formula.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".