Things We’ve Read: Week of April 14th, 2014

No Salary, No Benefits, No Sleep: This is the World’s Toughest Job (TIME): When Boston agency Mullen posted a listing for what sounded like the world’s worst job, 24 intrepid job seekers stepped up and applied. The full-time, “24/7 on call and pro bono/unpaid” director of operations job included truly hideous requirements like: “Able to work 135+ hours a week,” “Willing to forgo any breaks,” and “Able to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time.” The 24 applicants were interviewed via webcam. That’s when they got the surprise of their life. The job they were interviewing for is motherhood. Watch the viral video.

Surge in Narcotic Prescriptions for Pregnant Women (NYT): New stats about opioid painkillers prescribed during pregnancy and a conversation about a culture of pain aversion among health professionals and patients. The New York Times

Increases in women’s BMI linked to fetal, infant deaths (LATimes): There’s now more reason than ever to get healthy & fit. JAMA just published evidence that even modest increases in maternal BMI are associated with increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and neonatal, perinatal, and infant death.

Why the Woman Who “Has It All” Doesn’t Really Exist (Glamour): “Feminism was meant to remove a fixed set of expectations; instead, we now interpret it as a route to personal perfection. Because we can do anything, we feel as if we have to do everything.”

What Are the Barriers to Breastfeeding? (WSJ): Women face a slew of cultural and institutional impediments to breastfeeding. Here’s a brief analysis of what’s standing between women and the decision to breastfeed.

Say Nay to BPA (9Bliss): Stay away from BPA! Here are some companies whose packaging is BPA-free.

At-Home Mothers On the Rise (NYT): The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012 – a 23% increase from the turn of the century, a recent Pew Center Research study found. The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children