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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.

Mama, This One's For You

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

Featuring nearly 50 real-life mother/daughter portraits set against the backdrop of Beth Hart's beautiful new ballad, this is a love letter to mothers everywhere. Whether your mother is still living or gone, far or near, always remember... there is no greater love.

The Story That Fuels Hope

Olutosin Adebowale | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Olutosin Adebowale

Every day, women are sacrificed at the altars of medical negligence and lack of resources. I could quote statistics of maternal deaths in my country, but they would be useless: Official numbers do not represent the actual quantity of casualties we see daily.

Helping Women in Africa Suffering From the Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard of, Fistula

Claire Fordham | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Claire Fordham

"We can take care of 50 women in two weeks, working from sun up to sun down. My goal is to not be needed because we've trained enough local medics to take over fistula repair," said Dr. Tarnay.

3 Truths About C-Section Mamas

Monet Moutrie | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Monet Moutrie

I've been thinking about the unsung birth heroes. I've been thinking about the birth stories that don't necessarily receive all the thumbs up and high fives and Facebook shares. I'm thinking about the cesarean section stories and the brave women who birth their children with such strength and beauty.

More Than A Mom

Iulia Gulia | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Iulia Gulia

The moment you were conceived, you made me a mom. But as you started to grow, I grew too... and you made me more than a mom.

Why I'm Glad Jill Dillard Had a Hospital Birth

Alana Romain | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Alana Romain

If you follow 19 Kids and Counting, you probably know that Jill has been training to be a midwife since 2012. She's helped to deliver lots of babies born at home, and was planning on a home birth for herself as well. For whatever reason, it didn't happen. And I'm kind of glad it didn't.

8 Reasons Not To Get Pregnant Again

Jessica Dimas | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

I'm surrounded by baby bumps and adorable, fat, juicy babies. I don't want any more babies... mentally. Logically, I know that I'm not cut out to do this all over again. But sometimes my baby fever needs a nice, cold bucket of ice water thrown on it.

Sweatpants Cause Divorce?!

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Melissa Charles

Someone who has just given birth deserves some care. Some rest. Without worrying about anyone's expectations, wants or demands. Without anyone telling her that she should be doing something different or, God forbid, more.

Basic Safety Programs Dramatically Cut Tragedies in Childbirth

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Taylor Lincoln

It turns out that solutions exist to preventing a significant percentage of the tragedies that cause all of this suffering and handwringing. A new Public Citizen report recounts childbirth safety initiative undertaken by four organizations in the past 15 years that have generated striking results.

How Safe Is Abortion?

David A. Grimes | Posted 03.03.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

Abortion opponents routinely claim that abortion is unsafe. They do this by cherry-picking studies, citing obsolete literature, extrapolating inappropriately and misinterpreting results.

Baby Born Inside Amniotic Sac Leaves Doctors In Awe

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents

All births are miraculous, but one particular birth in California left doctors breathless. On Dec. 6, Silas Johnson was born fully inside the amni...

A Safe Birth for Imelda

Casey Santiago | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Casey Santiago

In just two short weeks, Imelda will give birth to a brand new baby. Like most expectant mothers, it's a time filled with excitement and nervous anticipation as she prepares to welcome her second child into the world.

Expecting? The Process Of Creating A Physiological Birth

Debra K. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra K.

As I have reflected back on my own childbirth experiences, I remember the push to have an epidural, which I refused both times; instead, choosing on my own, less medicine to help me with the process. I also remember at the exact moment when I was pushing my daughter into the world glancing down and seeing my OB/GYN's hands up like he was going to catch a football and his head averted so he wouldn't miss a second of the University of Kentucky football game... another stellar moment.

The Story Of My Daughter's Birth

Julia Wiklander | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Julia Wiklander

It felt like I was in a movie -- one of those scenes where the woman in labor screams in pain and squirms as each contraction kicks in. Never had I imagined that giving birth would feel like a thin line between life and death -- both for me and my baby.

Rainbow Baby's Pregnancy Is Nerve-Wracking

James Sims | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
James Sims

It has been eight months since we set foot in the labor and delivery unit of this hospital . We lost our baby girl in room 13 last May, following a nightmarish few months consumed by trips to the emergency room, bleeding with unknown causes and bouts of contractions.

On The Occasion Of My Son's Birthday, A Toast

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

Today, I'll raise a glass to Louie Hevizy, the doctor who broke the rules and brought my wonderful, hard-working and loving son into this world.

Christmas Is Not Always a Time of Joy for New Parents

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

This staggering death toll of mothers and babies -- at least two-thirds of whom could be saved with adequate care -- represents one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century.

'Twas The Night Before Labor

Ali Fallis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Ali Fallis

When down in the kitchen there arose such a clatter, I waddled downstairs to see what was the matter. (And to pee.)

All Nurses Share the Same Struggles

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To any patient out there, know that your nurse gives each and every one of you everything they have. We don't care where you're from or how educated you are. Our only goal is to take care of you and your baby to the best of our abilities.

10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

No one should co-opt your C-section story for their birth agenda. Just like shaming women about how they breastfeed or formula-feed is anti-feminist, so is shaming them and questioning them about how they birth.

Don't Put the Baby's Blanket in the Microwave!

Janelle Brandon | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Janelle Brandon

I have one piece of advice for new mothers: Don't put the baby's blanket in the microwave. This is a public service announcement. It happened to me and it can happen to you.

Postpartum Pleas: Calling for Help

MotherWoman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

I found the Parental Stress Hotline number and finally had someone to talk to at 4:00 a.m. about noisy birds. I eventually found numbers for the Hadley-based group MotherWoman and MOMS Club in East Longmeadow, not to mention the number of a psychiatrist who prescribed me wonderful, wonderful drugs. The more I talked, the better I became.

When This Tenacious Learner Became a Mom

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

I thought I'd be leading a company, but here I am leading with my belly. At home. With two kids. My mom -- the epitome of tenacious -- often says, "Go with what you're given."

The Miracle of Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To every nurse out there that dedicates their hard work to their patients and profession, THANK YOU. When you're exhausted, and you don't know how much longer you can do the work you do, remember that beauty is all around us