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How Does Life Change When You Have Kids?

Amy Arndt | Posted 07.21.2016 | Parents
Amy Arndt

The glowing halo I expected to appear over my head as I breastfeed never came, and in its place, a dark cloud appeared. Postpartum depression wasn't in my birthing plan. I began to consider that I might be a complete failure at the mommy job.

Giving Birth Like a Lady

Marina Gomberg | Posted 07.18.2016 | Parents
Marina Gomberg

Okay, I have a confession. Two weeks ago, during the earlier part of the 33-hour labor that brought my wife, Elenor, and me our stunning 6lb 1oz gentl...

Which Childbirth Education Class Is Right For You

Well Rounded NY | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

By Kayla Bitten Got a baby on the way? You probably have a gazillion questions about the big day - especially if you are a first-time mom. While noth...

My Baby Wasn't Considered Viable -- Why Doctors Saved Her Life

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 07.11.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Something just didn't feel right. My stomach churned and the nausea set in as I realized the unimaginable: I was going into labor. Nurses rushed to my hospital room as a flurry of chaos surrounded me. I tried to stay calm, but as I looked at my husband, the tears and sobs set in.

Consider This Often Overlooked Part of Your Birth Plan

Lynn Erdman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Parents
Lynn Erdman

Planning for normal birth is important because in recent times, more women have had their best plans interrupted through the increased tendency in health care systems toward cesarean birth, labor induction, scheduled births, and other medical interventions that can put you and your baby at greater risk for complications and harm.

The Amazing Birth Photos This Mom Captured Of Her Own Labor

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Parents

California-based photographer Lisa Robinson-Ward specializes in weddings and portraits, but when she found out she was pregnant last year, she knew sh...

Why A Birthing Ball Can Help In Labor

Well Rounded NY | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

Sitting on the birth ball, let your pelvis rock back and forth, and side to side. This will help shift the pelvis into good spinal and pelvic alignment and can help with discomfort between contractions.

What Going Through Childbirth Was Really Like

Alexis Meads | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Alexis Meads

Birth was...well...like nothing I could have ever imagined. The same goes for living with a newborn. It has been a lot of ups and downs. No one tells you that along with the love and joy also comes feelings of extreme doubt and isolation.

Why Aren't There More Honest Depictions Of Childbirth In Fiction?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts

Some experiences in life divide us into those who have and those who have not. Those who have will always live with that experience, and those who hav...

Childbirth Censorship: Women, Culture and the Silent Battle

Francis Sanzaro | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Francis Sanzaro

Countless women have had their accounts shut down, or downright cancelled because they posted "pornographic" or "obscene" material. What, exactly, did these women post? Images of labor

Choosing a C-Section: A Modern Controversy

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Is it a matter of sticking to tradition, or do those against elective C-sections really have an argument worth listening to?

My Baby Was Born With VACTERL Association: One Mom's Story

Erin Hughes | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Erin Hughes

"Your son is beautiful, and everything looks fine, except that I do not see an anal opening." Imagine hearing those words from your doctor just minutes after bringing your baby into the world. I did not hear anything that came after that sentence. Beyond those words, I froze, and it was only the beginning.

5 Steps to Hit a Home Run in the Delivery Room

Ashley Betz | Posted 05.24.2016 | Parents
Ashley Betz

Did you know birth is a lot like baseball?

Should We Just Get Over It?

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

What matters is that the individual himself accept the time and energy needed to metabolize and integrate the psychic change in order to continue with life in the present.

Planning for Childbirth

Shari Medini | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

It is important to know your options & start planning for childbirth in a way that will best for you & your growing baby. In this post I will cover some of the options available along with some of my personal experience.

The Day I Became a Mother

Bushra Alvi | Posted 05.10.2016 | Women
Bushra Alvi

She came into my life on 2nd Nov, 9:30 am, over two and a half decades ago. It was a beautiful Monday morning and I was not expecting her for another week or so according to calculations by the obstetrician.

Mother's Day Gratitude

Audrey Mitchell | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Audrey Mitchell

As much as technology has destroyed our anonymity and facilitated a near zombie apocalypse with text-walking, it has given me my daughter, kept my dad alive post-bypass, and given me a forum in which to share this gratitude with you. Happy Mother's Day.

Mother's Day: A (Bipolar) Love Letter to My Children

Kerry Neville | Posted 05.04.2016 | Parents
Kerry Neville

Their relentless love is why I am still here. They needed me in their world, so I returned to stability, self-compassion, and most days, even self-love. My children and I talk about the scars on my arms, and those years of my itinerant, unstable motherhood, and their fears for me -- that the bipolar dragon might return and carry me back to its cave.

Time to Love Our Bellies

Lauren Derrett | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents
Lauren Derrett

Why is it that when a women is pregnant it's all about how gorgeous her bump is and yet when the baby is born, it suddenly becomes something offensive?

How I Finally Came To Terms with My C-Section

Jenny Evans | Posted 04.29.2016 | Parents
Jenny Evans

If it weren't for emergency C-sections, my son and I wouldn't be here today. Over the past year and a half, I've written and re-written this post mor...

Animation Shows How A Woman's Pelvis Morphs During Her Lifetime

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science

Scientists have long known that the female pelvis widens and shrinks throughout a woman's lifetime -- and now, an animated model details exactly how. ...

Are Women's Birth Sounds Silenced in the Hospital?

Camille Williams | Posted 04.13.2016 | Women
Camille Williams

A culture that holds laboring women more or less to the usual social norms and stifles their full expression during birth is one that limits women's coping mechanisms.

So You've Failed as a Mother and Are Having a C-Section

Liza Dora | Posted 04.13.2016 | Parents
Liza Dora

Obviously, you are here because as a mother you have failed. Or maybe you haven't failed yet and are getting ready to fail in the next couple of weeks. How exciting?!

5 Unique Aspects of a Family-Centered C-Section

Jessica N. Turner | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents
Jessica N. Turner

I ended 2014 at the hospital having my third child, on Dec. 31, via Cesarean section. I had never had surgery before and wasn't nervous until they wheeled me to the operating room. It was so sterile and felt a LOT different than my two previous, natural births.

The Baby Name Debate: Should You Share Your Choice?

Priscilla Jeha | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents
Priscilla Jeha

It's a beautiful thing when you're pregnant. It inspires a sweet curiosity from those around you who want to know information; to share in your planning and the decisions you've made around the birth of your child or children. It's a beautiful thing... until it's not.