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You Want Me To Do What With My Toothbrush Before Going Into Labor?

Emily Casali | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Emily Casali

If you are like me, your maiden voyage into motherhood was accompanied by lots of advice. People you don't even know approach you to congratulate you. It's lovely, but then suddenly, they're uncaging hairy, snarling words like "vaginal wall" and "third degree." Some things are better left unsaid.

I Had an Unplanned Home Birth Surrounded By Members of The Local Fire Department

xoJANE | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents

Within minutes, I realized that I was in labor. Like, it's too late to go to the hospital labor.

What It's Like Being a NICU Mom

Jenny Evans | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

You'll rarely hear me calling my son a preemie. At 36 weeks and 5 days, he was only technically premature by two days, which people seem oddly disappointed to learn when they ask, "So how early was he?"

The Real Reason I Keep Having Kids

Mary Widdicks | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents
Mary Widdicks

In the last five years, I've given birth to three beautiful children -- and every time, as I walked into the delivery room, I was absolutely certain that one would be my last. What happened?

5 Body Parts I Didn't Know Could Get Pregnant

Abbie Unger | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Abbie Unger

I was pregnant from top of my head to the bottom of my swollen feet.

A Birth Unplanned

Pia Artesona | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

It was a very long night. The staff tried their best to induce labor naturally.  I respected their efforts, but there is nothing natural about being poked and prodded in the most intimate places by one stranger after the next. 

Why I Am Not Going To Breed

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Jamie Scanlon

If happiness is the goal of life, then breeding is something that is going to take my happiness away more than adds to it. Breeding is definitely off my bucket list.


Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

In sisterly solidarity I immediately flashed back to pregnancy, a state both magical and miserable, completely consuming; a transformative rite of passage. In the nanosecond it took to relive, the realization that I'd never actually be pregnant again descended on me with finality.

12 Incredible Placentas

Monet Moutrie | Posted 10.20.2015 | Science
Monet Moutrie

Placentas are polarizing. On one hand, they are incredible organs that nourish your baby, and then leave your body once the job is done. The intricacy in a placenta is stunning... and they are each as unique as the babies they support.

Are You THAT Kind of Mom?!

Ali Fallis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Ali Fallis

Know what delights the heck out of me? Surprising people. As a doula, this is something I do a LOT.

Why I Hoped Birth Memory Isn't Actually a Thing

Mama Bean | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Mama Bean

Have you heard the one about the mom who is certain that her daughter remembers her own birth? I have... although for a very long time, I wished that I hadn't.

What It's Like To Give Birth Without Knowing You're Expecting

Quora | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents

As an OB nurse for over a decade, yes, I have seen this scenario a few times. By the time they get to my unit (I work in labor and delivery) someone has already broken the news to the patient that, no, it's not gas. you're having a baby.

Women Open Up About Negative Birth Experiences In Emotional Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents

An emotional photo series is giving moms the opportunity to talk about their traumatic childbirth experiences and foster conversation about the issues...

To My Daughter on Her First Birthday

Noelle Newby | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Noelle Newby

The realization hit like an epidural. I felt a joyous ache, both comforted and terrified in the knowing our relationship had and would continue to forever change. As I held you once more, I was reminded of the poem, "On Children", by ultimate truth-teller Kahlil Gibran.

Packing for the Hospital, Take Two

Meg Hemphill | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Meg Hemphill

Going to the hospital to have a second baby is a bit like being a sophomore at school -- you've been here, done this. You know your way around campus, what not to have for lunch and what you need in your locker vs. school bag.

Family Leave Programs Should Favor Women Over Men

Janis Powers | Posted 08.27.2015 | Women
Janis Powers

Make no mistake, however. There's nothing gender neutral about having a baby. Pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery are strictly women's issues. Since healthy women are the foundation for producing healthy babies, the design of any family leave program must prioritize the needs of women over those of men.

The Fault In Our Scars

Ali Solomon | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Ali Solomon

My scars tell stories of childhood folly, poor judgment, and horrible luck. My hope is that these stories will someday make the leap from "bar anecdotes" to "teachable moments for my children."

The Gift of Labor Support

Jennifer Mayer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Mayer

Enlisting my team for support was the biggest gift I could have given myself during the labor and birth of my son Oliver. It felt as though all the support I've provided as a doula over the past years was shown back to me 100-fold.

Raising the Bar on Respectful Care During Childbirth

Kate Grant | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

While every day I am grateful for my healthy and thriving son, who is growing up too quickly before my eyes, I know that far too many women are not able to share my experience of a safe delivery with respectful care.

Charlotte Alfred

South Sudan's Conflict Is Killing Women Far From The Battlefield | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.10.2015 | World

KUAJOK, South Sudan -- After 48 hours of agonizing labor pains, Nyibol Garang’s family still refused to bring her to the hospital. So the 23-yea...

Charlotte Alfred

Inside A South Sudanese Maternity Ward | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.13.2015 | World

KUAJOK, South Sudan -- The new mothers in Kuajok hospital in South Sudan have overcome harrowing odds to stay alive. South Sudan has the highest ma...

The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Grandma

Sue Margolis | Posted 07.08.2015 | Fifty
Sue Margolis

These days we get to see and hear our grandchildren who live on the other side of the world. But it's not the same as cuddling and tickling them, kissing them and smelling them. Even with Skype and FaceTime, being a long-distance grandparent stretches your heartstrings to breaking point.

What Other Invasive Questions Should A Kindergarten Ask?

Devorah Blachor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Devorah Blachor

Here's an imaginary application specifically designed to invade a woman's privacy while at the same time shaming her and making her feel as guilty as possible about her choices.

Mourning the Loss of Your Birth Experience

Jennifer Sullivan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Sullivan

Do not be afraid to take the time to mourn the loss of the experience you anticipated. But in doing so, remember to celebrate the opportunity you still have in front of you to form memories of all of the moments you'll have beyond.

Lie to Me: A Story About Birth Stories

Rufi Thorpe | Posted 06.25.2015 | Women
Rufi Thorpe

I revel in the stories of my mother, of all women: their birth stories, their fish stories, their perfectly unreliable testimonies.