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Not a Time to Die: A Story of Birth in Uganda

Sara Ojjeh | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
Sara Ojjeh

In a village in the rural Mubende district of Uganda, Annette had a feeling that something was not right with her pregnancy. Like most women in rural ...

Childbirth, Zombies, Useless Women, Religion, and other stuff

Francis Sanzaro | Posted 09.13.2016 | Women
Francis Sanzaro

Is our culture's fetish with the baby bump a modern form of fertility worship? Does pregzilla have a scientific foundation? Is it true that the presen...

A Primer for New Parents

Jennifer Sullivan | Posted 09.01.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Sullivan

So you managed to weather a grueling nine (ten?) months and pushed a watermelon through your fine china (or, if you’re like me, had it excised from ...

DC Rallies To Improve Birth

Lucia Zegarra | Posted 08.30.2016 | Women
Lucia Zegarra

Becoming a parent for the first time is one of the most intense experiences out there. Soon-to-be parents happily chose which gifts they want for their registry, which parenting classes take and which names they want for their little ones, but if a couple chooses to give birth at a hospital, their right to make informed decisions stops as they enter the building.

Motherhood Does NOT Define Me (Or Does It?)

Ali Fallis | Posted 08.25.2016 | Parents
Ali Fallis

Does motherhood define ME? No. Well, yes. Kind of. (Maybe?)

America’s OBGYN Shortage Is Extremely Dangerous For Pregnant Women

Pew's Stateline | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

A Birth Through the Eyes of a Doula

Well Rounded NY | Posted 08.01.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

By Sasha Weigel My phone lives just inches from me. And yet, my fingers still fidget with the screen; concerned I may have missed something. This wai...

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 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 | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents

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.