May 7, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird In honor of Mother’s Day, the Census Bureau released a handy-dandy fact sheet on motherhood. Here are some of the stats they compiled:
- In 2004, there were approximately 82.8 million mothers in the United States
- There are 9.8 million single mothers living with children younger than 18
- 94% of mothers living with children under 18 live only with their biological children. Another 3% live with stepchildren, 2% with adopted children, and less than 1 percent live with foster children 67% of women who gave birth for the first between 2001 and 2003 worked during their pregnancy (up from 44% 40 years ago)
- In 2006, there were 32.1 twin births per 1,000 total births
- August is the month with the highest number of births and Wednesday is the most common day of the week to deliver
If you’re a data nerd like me (or just appreciate the fine art of numbers), check out the rest of the report here . For more reading on Mother’s Day, don’t miss this AlterNet piece by Jodie Evans of The Women’s Media Center  reminding us about why Mother’s day was started . Courtney Martin gives a shout out to her mother and recommends some Mother’s Day reading  over at Feministing. Head over to WowOwow for an interesting development regarding anti-choice backlash  directed at beloved author Judy Blume. Finally, MomsRising is encouraging everyone to send a customizable “Mother of the Year ” video to all the moms in your life.