1. Friendship as the foundation of surrogacy

    A surrogate pregnancy between friends is unusual, but for Diane Kieras-Ciolkos and Meghan Hukowicz, it’s an extension of the bond they’ve shared since childhood.

    (MATTHEW CAVANAUGH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

     
  2. Connected, powerful 21st-century moms

    Using the strength of their online networks, moms today communicate far beyond the backyard fence and at lightning-fast speed. And that means their influence is nothing to trifle with.

    (ILLUSTRATION BY KALI CIESEMIER)

     
  3. JOANNA WEISS

    Work-life balance: Some helpful tips from the elite

    Many women have found that a work-life balance is, in fact, hard to achieve - that they can’t have it all - despite Gwyneth Paltrow’s advice on how to get there.

    (GLOBE STAFF ILLUSTRATION, GETTY IMAGES, AND ISTOCKPHOTO)

     
  4. What mom wants for Mother’s Day

    - She’s always on the go and doing things for others. It’s time to spoil her a little.

    (ISTOCK)

     
  5. Has attachment parenting gone too far?

    - Time magazine’s latest cover has caused quite a buzz by featuring a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son and posing the question, “are you mom enough?

     
  6. Scariest question a mother can face

    - It can strike terror in the hearts of mothers, who are tasked with preparing dishes and meals to satisfy a range of tastes: “What’s for dinner, mom?

    (WILLIAM DUKE FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)