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Daddy Diaries Part 2

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Tarun Sakhrani

So now that people know you're having a baby, the next level of absurdity is asking about the child's gender... two days after your first scan. "Do y...

What An Out-of-Hospital Birth Looks Like

Monet Moutrie | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Monet Moutrie

Perhaps out-of-hospital births seem like a trend, but in reality, hospital birth are the more recent cultural phenomenon. The term of out-of-hospital birth is used as if these women are choosing something "outside of what's normal" but when we consider history, they are simply returning to what has always been done.

Finally, a Strategy to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

We aren't talking investing in expensive equipment or new drugs or even funding house-calling health workers (though that would be nice), but simply making sure that screening for depression is part of routine prenatal visits.

Daddy Diaries Part 1

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Tarun Sakhrani

There's four magic words that can change your life forever... or for the second time... or for the time after you thought that three magic words were ...

The Myth Of A Mother's Love

Stephanie, Olive and Tate | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Stephanie, Olive and Tate

I can't let others' expectations of my emotional capacity change what I like best about myself. And I won't.

17 Intimate Photos That Show Birth Is Beautiful In All Forms

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents

For almost five years, photographer and mom Leilani Rogers has been taking stunning images of birth in its many forms -- home birt...

N.C Mom's Unplanned Home Birth During Jonas Winter Storm

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.22.2016 | Parents

Amanda Anderson wasn't planning on having a home birth. But the North Carolina mom delivered her baby girl on Friday on the couch in her living room i...

My View For Today

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

I want to fast-forward; then I want to rewind. I don't know what the hell I want.

Giving Birth on Valentine's Day Gave Me Second Chance to Beat Postpartum Anxiety

Julie Trites | Posted 01.19.2016 | Parents
Julie Trites

Three years ago Valentine's Day took on a whole new meaning for me. There was no candlelit dinner. No chocolate. A bottle of wine was out of the question. But nothing says romance like a trip to the doctor for cervical sweep, am I right ladies?

Doctors May Be Telling Too Many Women 'You're Having A Big Baby'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents

Late in pregnancy, some mothers-to-be are told they might be having a big baby, which makes many of them uneasy about what it means for their up...

The Downside of Being a Lesbian: No Old Man

Aileen Jones-Monahan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aileen Jones-Monahan

Every little corner of doubt about not having a husband, about Christine being a woman and not a man, washed out. I understood that she would never throw up her hands and say she couldn't do what needed to be done. Or, if she did, it wouldn't be because she was a woman. We had as good a shot as anybody.

Natural Birth: The Most Amazing Experience Ever

Kasia Wezowski | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Kasia Wezowski

The main myth about giving birth is that birth is painful and dangerous so you have to be drugged and put in the hospital in order to give birth. Wo...

Christmas Birth: As Challenging as Death

Stacy Alan | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Stacy Alan

My family and I made our first journey to the Holy Land in 2015 and spent Christmas in Bethlehem, where, for Christians, it all began. Many picture Bethlehem as it is romantically depicted on Christmas cards: sweet, clean, calm. What I found, however, was different.

New Year's Perspective on Death and Tragedy

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.31.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

For perspectivce as we start 2016, here are some statistics on tragedies of the past year.

The Meaning Of My Motherhood

Shana Swain | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Shana Swain

I didn't want kids. My life was mine. The oldest of seven, I saw what my mother had been charged with, and I was not gung-ho about being a mom.

Virgin Birth Can Affect Your Life, Believe It or Not

Peggy Payne | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, late December is an intense time of year in this hemisphere and the concept of the virgin birth has probabl...

A Birth Plan? Really?

Pia Artesona | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

I recently wrote a blog about my birth story. I expressed my own experience through the unfolding and the way it made me feel. I chose to have a birt...

Understanding the Risk of Hemorrhage During Childbirth

Lynn Erdman | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Lynn Erdman

A frightening trend is taking place in the United States -- an increasing number of women are dying during or shortly after childbirth. The number of pregnancy-related deaths increased from 7.2 per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 17.8 per 100,000 live births in 2011.

Dangerous Myth of an Ideal Birth

Monet Moutrie | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Monet Moutrie

Are you kidding me? The only person that has any say on what's right for her and her body is the birthing woman herself. We must recognize that women go into birth with different bodies, different stories and different goals.

Is This A Big Moment For Home Birth In Europe?

Toni Harman | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Toni Harman

If you're interested in home birth or women's reproductive rights, then set your watch for 9.15 am on Wed 2nd December 2015. It's the moment when a Gr...

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
xoJANE

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.