My Mother-in-Law Wanted to Steal My Baby

Mia Hayes
7 min readJan 18, 2023

I gave her a grandchild, but she gave me a family

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She wanted to steal my baby. That was the only reason my mother-in-law stood in my minuscule living room with a new, yellow stroller. She claimed it was a gift, but my postpartum, sleep-deprived brain created a different scenario, one where I was merely a breeder for my husband’s family.

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Mia Hayes

40-something trying to live several lifetimes at once. Stay-at-home author, mom, and wife.