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How the Death of Two Ugandan Mothers is Helping Entrench the Right to Health Care

The Conversation Africa | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Moses Mulumba, Ugandan Christian University When Sylvia Nalubowa went into labour in Uganda's Mityana district in August 2009, she was taken to a loc...

Leaky Boobs, Unexpected Farts and Other Reasons Why Pregnancy Isn't Beautiful

Jennifer Todryk | Posted 12.08.2015 | Women
Jennifer Todryk

Not to be a complete "Negative-Nancy" (I prefer "Realistic-Ruby" if we are going to do this name calling thing) but I absolutely do not feel beautiful while pregnant. I've been wanting to get this off my size-B chest for a while now.

Basic Safety Programs Dramatically Cut Tragedies in Childbirth

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Taylor Lincoln

It turns out that solutions exist to preventing a significant percentage of the tragedies that cause all of this suffering and handwringing. A new Public Citizen report recounts childbirth safety initiative undertaken by four organizations in the past 15 years that have generated striking results.

Ready or Not: A Birth Story

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Lisa Page Rosenberg

During my pregnancy my husband, Mr. Rosenberg, kept me supplied with the white bread sandwiches I was craving. He didn't complain when our bed was turned into a repository for oddly shaped body pillows. He played the guitar and sang, "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck," to me and The Tummy.

A Sexual Assault Survivor's Reflections on Birth

Sarah Beaulieu | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents
Sarah Beaulieu

Before I got pregnant, it never occurred to me that labor and childbirth could re-trigger sexual trauma for me in such significant ways.

What No One Is Talking About: Maternal Deaths, Mental and Physical Trauma in the United States

Timoria McQueen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

I hope that by sharing my story, I can help bring some (needed) attention to maternal health, PTSD and how the two can go hand-in-hand. Motherhood, in general, can be a very isolating experience, but when you suffer a trauma as a result of becoming a mother, it can be incredibly lonely.

Woman Craved Sponges, Sand While Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents

Pregnant women are often told to mind their bodies' natural cues. But what happens when your body tells you to eat sponges and sand for breakfast? ...

WATCH: Controversial New Ad Shows Parents Learning Their Unborn Baby Will Be A Lesbian

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Imagine getting an ultrasound for your soon-to-be born child and instead of being told his or her gender, you're told your child's sexuality. In a ...

200 Global Philanthropists and an African Mother

Ray Chambers | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

Helping our friends and our family members does not preclude helping women and babies in Africa or victims of the Tsunami in Indonesia or the earthquake in Haiti. We would walk through fire to help our own children and those in our communities, but why stop there?

Let's Stop Punishing Mothers

Riane Eisler | Posted 07.07.2013 | Women
Riane Eisler

Millions of elderly American women, mostly mothers who spent much of their lives taking care of others, are almost twice as likely live in poverty than elderly men. In addition, our country has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation, this rate has doubled in the last 25 years.

Beyond Newborn Survival: Hope for the First Day

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

A woman has nine months to prepare for the day that her baby will arrive -- healthy and full of promise, imagining the love she and her child will have for each other. Sadly, every year, more than one million babies die on the first day of life -- many from preventable causes.

A Mom's Best And Worst Days

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Let me tell you the stories of two mothers who are worlds apart, but share the worst thing that ever happened to them. Both Angela and Kismati still feel the loss of their baby every day, but I'm inspired by the hope found amidst their stories, and within these brave women themselves.

The Elective C-Section that Saved My Soul

Katie Hurley | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Eventually, I stopped talking. I provided a vague due date and nodded along when people told me to bring a body pillow, music and even a mirror (no thank you). People, as it turns out, have a lot of opinions about childbirth.

Science And Awe Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Scientific understanding, understanding the process of fetal development or any other complex phenomenon, need not limit the sense of awe with which we approach the world around us.

Ready, Set, Go! Jennifer Carpenter Runs for Mothers

Dar Dowling | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact
Dar Dowling

Often the biggest barrier to getting help to these women is lack of awareness and distance in terms of miles, which is why fifty runners, including Jennifer Carpenter, are running for Every Mother Counts in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon.

Longing For Life

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 12.04.2011 | Fifty
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

In current times, we are aging quite diversely. While some people can enjoy the benefits of medical technology when it comes to conceiving a child, assisted reproductive technology does not work for everyone.

Why Families Need Health Care Reform Now More Than Ever

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christy Turlington Burns

When I set out to make a documentary film about the global state of maternal health three years ago, I had no idea just how dismal a job we were doing for our nation's families here at home. This is why we need the Affordable Health Care Act.

Balinese Natural Birthing Center Threatened by Global Downturn

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Mid-wife and clinic founder Robin Lim is a legend in the world of women's maternity health. I have heard of her from Port-au-Prince in Haiti to New-Y...

Discovery Health: Unbelievable Tales from the Delivery Room

Discovery Health | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Discovery Health's hit docu-series, Deliver Me, follows the careers and personal lives of Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill and Alane Park -- best friend...

Caution: Pregnancy May Be Hazardous to Your Liberty

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

If you are pregnant and clumsy in Utah, you could be charged with attempted murder, even in the first trimester.

"My Vagina Fell Out": Woman Shares Health Horror

Sphere | Buck Wolf | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Allison Henry isn't the first to suffer from a horrifying medical condition that few women talk about. But her case was particularly bad, and she's ju...

Afghan Midwives Step Up To Fight One Of World's Worst Maternal Mortality Rates

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The war in Afghanistan may no longer be forgotten but the true victims always are. Women and children in the landlocked Asian country have continuous...

Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir

Joe Antol | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Antol

For Muhlhahn, birth is a transformative and poetic experience for the mother. But perhaps she forgets that it is first and foremost a transformative experience for the child.

State Trooper Gives Traffic Ticket To Woman In Labor

The Boston Globe | Stephanie Ebbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

All too often, the congested roads of Greater Boston conspire with the vagaries of childbirth to leave a mother-to-be in a car on the roadside at one ...