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Warts and All: Why There's Room for the Other Stories About Motherhood

Nami Clarke | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Nami Clarke

I recently received a message from a mother who suggested that some of the "bad stories" shared by my project Little Tsunami might scare off other mums, and that showing both sides of the motherhood coin could be a better approach.

The One Thing Not to Do When a Friend Has a Stillbirth

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Every 22 minutes. Pause and ask yourself if you know someone who has had a stillbirth. Did you reach out to them when it happened? Do you wish you had? The horrible truth is that stillbirth happens every 22 minutes in the U.S., so chances are we all know someone who has gone through it.

Unassisted Childbirth

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Maybe the freebirth activism should be seen not so much as an insistence about how we all should be giving birth, but instead a call to continue to keep the conversation going and figure out a way to make childbirth as safe, stress-free as possible, with women surrounded by caring, comforting caregivers.

It Came Out Of My Vagina, Now What?! Chapter Excerpt - The Birth Plan

Betsy Chasse | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Betsy Chasse

It Came Out Of My Vagina - An honest (Like Really Honest Guide to Conscious Parenting) Written by multiple moms including Betsy Chasse and Debbie Weis...

The Single, Most Terrifying Moment of Motherhood

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Linda DeMers Hummel

A few months ago at a supermarket, with a snowstorm on the way, I realized what is so terrifying about motherhood. It had to do with locked shelves an...

Dying To Give Birth: 3 Reasons American Women Are Dying of Pregnancy Complications

Samina Ali | Posted 03.09.2016 | Women
Samina Ali

If you believe that maternal mortality is an issue that doesn't affect women in the U.S., think again.

Human Babies from CRISPR Pigs

Stuart A. Newman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Science
Stuart A. Newman

New genetic technologies like CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and synthetic biology are leading us to entirely new definitions of disease.

Hypnosis: Does it Work?

Marjorie Woollacott | Posted 02.26.2016 | Science
Marjorie Woollacott

In recent years, hypnosis has become an accepted medical therapy to address a variety of conditions, including childbirth pain and weight loss, which are concerns for many women

The Secret, Magical Underwear That Only Moms Know About

The Cut | Posted 02.18.2016 | Parents
The Cut

By Edan Lepucki Four years ago I gave birth to my first child, a boy. The labor was almost two days long and ended in a C-section, which my husband...

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 births, hospital deliver...

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 upcoming...

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. Wome...

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 probably a...