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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Astoria Characters: The Newborn Doula

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.23.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The call came at 10 at night. Annie LeVasseur had been eagerly expecting it, but, still, it made her nervous.

The World They Deserve: Join The Global Moms Relay

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

The Global Moms Relay is one of my favorite HuffPost traditions, a collaborative effort to tap into our collective gratitude and love, not only for our own mothers, but for all mothers around the world. This year's theme is "What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?" And we're using the HuffPost platform to bring more and more voices into this conversation and harness the power of social media for good.

The Mesh Underwear and Other Things Your Friends Forget to Tell You About Childbirth

Allison Chawla | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

It will likely be somewhat painful, but your body will do some incredible things. You will require some time to get back to normal and feel comfortable, but you will be amazed at the resilience of the female body and the absolute miracle of what it can do.

To the Obstetrician Who Delivered My Sons

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

I miss you when I'm not pregnant. I know it sounds a little crazy. You, the doctor every woman dreads that one time a year, because there are stirrups and cold metal and paper-thin sheets to cover everything and nothing at all, but I mean it. I really do.

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.

Why Does My Vulva Look Like It Is Falling Apart?

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Joni Edelman

You pushed a human out of your body. It's not likely to look the same. And guess what? Mine doesn't either. Or my Ferrari neighbor's. Or your best friend's. Or your sister's. All the vulvas look different after babies and also they look different from each other. That not just OK, it's normal.

Maternal Death Rates Are Decreasing Everywhere But The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living

The United Nations reported last year that it would not meet its goal to decrease the number of women who die in childbirth by 75 percent by 2015, a M...

The Pain I Didn't Think I'd Survive

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Ayesha Vardag

I tried to get on with normal life, but I'd find myself at a party in London and just be seized with the need to get away, to get to Roger's tree, to water it and make sure it was thriving.

The Problem With Motherhood in America

Pippa Biddle | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Pippa Biddle

I want to be a mom, but I shouldn't have to risk sacrificing my career, health and financial stability to do so.

How My Birth Plan Ended Up Being Thrown Out The Window

Nina Ferrer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Nina Ferrer

There were two things I was sure of when I got pregnant: I did not want to know the sex of the baby until delivery and I did not want an epidural. I wanted to go natural. Once I hit hour 24 of contractions, I had different feelings about going natural.

I Don't Care

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

Feeling respected and informed may well be one of the most important parts of the birth experience and that has nothing to do with the "way" you deliver.

A Royal Mum and Royal Baby and All the World to See

Powell Berger | Posted 05.11.2015 | Hawaii
Powell Berger

You probably saw the news. There's a new royal in the world, all 8 pounds, 3 ounces of her, bundled in a sweet designer white blanket and matching cap.

A Seat At The Table For Caregivers In Kenya

UN Women | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
UN Women

When people become ill, sometimes they need medicine or certain supplies. Sometimes they need a hospital stay or an operation. Other times they simply need bed rest. But there's one thing that's needed by everyone, everywhere: good care.

9 Ways To Cope After A Miscarriage Or Stillbirth

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

If you are not trying to have a baby, then you may never know you miscarry. Yet many couples are proactively trying to become pregnant. They may be in denial about how many miscarriages actually occur.

A Mother's Day Message to Our Daughters

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Healthy Birth Day

When we lost you more than a decade ago, we mourned the fact that we would never get to know you. But these past few weeks have given us a glimpse of your personalities. You're endlessly generous. You're smart, fierce and strong.

Motherhood Is the Great Equalizer

Jennifer Brenan | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brenan

Motherhood is the great equalizer. Something we can have in common even with a princess. No, you cannot escape the reality of motherhood even if you are a royal.