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China Hospital Gives Men Chance To Experience Pain Of Childbirth

Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents

BY NATALIE THOMAS JINAN China Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:58am EST (Reuters) - A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experi...

5 Notable Women On The True Importance Of Feminism

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Feminism has become the word du jour. But what's its message? Its goals? Why is it so divisive?

MotherWoman Is Empowering Health Care Providers to Help Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

Women have been suffering alone. For mothers, there is so much shame and stigma attached to a prenatal or postpartum struggle. It's the big secret -- the elephant in the room.

After Facebook Removes Birth Image, Upset Mom Compares It To Kim Kardashian's Nude Photo

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents

After U.K. mom Milli Hill posted a photo of a mother giving birth on Facebook, she was dismayed to learn that the social media site removed it, citing...

The Important Role Fathers Play In The Delivery Room

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents

Pop culture is notorious for mocking the stereotypical ways men react to seeing women give birth, but in everyday life, those moments are often far mo...

My Wife Almost Died. Twice.

Scott Valins | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Scott Valins

We slowly developed an ability to vocalize, to be open and to share the pain. As much as family and friends were there for us, the only person who would understand the day-to-day void left at home was my daughter.

My Truth About Postpartum Depression

MotherWoman | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Stephanie Cannoe Looking back, I now see the debilitating depression I endured during my second pregnancy and after my son was born. For five mont...

Why I'd Rather Give Birth Via C-Section

Kristen Mae | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Having a C-section does not make you a failure. Wanting a C-section does not make you a failure. I think most of us C-section ladies are hesitant to admit it -- because of the stigma -- but I bet there are tons of us who preferred our C-sections over traditional vaginal birth.

Photographer Explores The Stunning World Of Childbirth In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts

According to the World Health Organization, a woman's lifetime risk of maternal death -- that is, the likelihood a woman would eventually die of a mat...

When Nurses See More Than Birth and Babies

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Perinatal nursing is sweet and magical and everything you think it would be. But everyone only thinks of the birth and the babies. No one ever thinks or talks about the pain of pregnancy, the heartbreak of infertility or the difficulty of death.

Kenya Is Poised to End Maternal Deaths, Led by the First Lady

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

There is great momentum in Kenya to end the terrible tragedy of women, infants and children dying needlessly. The First Lady of Kenya has kicked the ball towards ending maternal deaths and now the Governors must ensure that it is pushed through the goal posts.

The Truth About Childbirth

Mama Bean | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

Mama, you can do this. You can do this in whichever way you need to. You can accept help. You can laugh and you can cry. You simply can.

Beautiful Video Shows What Home Birth Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents

Home births can be filled with love, happiness and lots of excited children. Just ask Susanna and Brian Cox, who welcomed their fifth child, daugh...

Not Just Another Birth Story

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When my oldest friend, my true witness of 30 years, asked me to be one of her delivery coaches when she delivered her first baby, I cried with tears of honor and joy.

One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

Catherine Pearson

The Optimal Time To Get An Epidural (If You Want One)

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents

For years, OB-GYNs and anesthesiologists have grappled with the right time to give a laboring woman an epidural to help with the pain of childbirth. ...

'I Want To Be a Labor Nurse'

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When people from the outside look at labor and delivery, they see birth and babies and happiness. And that's true... it's like the icing on the cake after a lot of really hard work. But sometimes, the birth isn't what we thought it would be.

How A Phone App Is Changing Childbirth In Africa

Anna Frellsen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Anna Frellsen

But ensuring a safe delivery is not only a question about seeking care; it is also a question of delivering the right quality of care. All over sub-Saharan Africa, health workers with low levels of education are often appointed alone to health posts in hard-to-reach areas. The consequences for the women giving birth and for their newborns are often fatal.

4 Life Lessons I Learned Through Childbirth

Sara Goldstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

My babies are obviously the most beautiful and tangible products of these hours of my life. But the life lessons that came from them are as important to who I am today as my children themselves.

So You Want a Natural Birth

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

The important thing here is to know that you need to collaborate with your provider. You need to know what you want and under what circumstances you can safely achieve those goals.

I Didn't Count Her Toes

Mama Bean | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

I lost more than blood at half past six on that summer's evening. I lost what I assumed was my right to claim those first hours of my daughter's life outside of the womb.

10 Steps To Have Better Post-Pregnancy Sex

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

The key to an erotic endeavor post-pregnancy is taking your time. Some mothers may feel traumatized by the experience of having been, quite literally, split wide open. The prospect of allowing anything -- small or large -- to enter the vaginal area can seem more than daunting.

Labors Lost? Memories of Childbirth

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Nobody questions the physical intensity of labor and childbirth, but how do we know how painful the experience really is? Does recall -- especially months and years later -- accurately reflect the experienced pain?

Dudes Watch Childbirth For The First Time And React Exactly How You'd Expect

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents

Parents everywhere know -- childbirth is messy business. But for some men who aren't parents, this is apparently shocking news. BuzzFeed Yellow sat...

Birth As a Crucible

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

You have conquered your fear and are prepared to have the best birth you can. You are ready to get your birth "right," whatever unpredictable course it takes, because getting your birth right simply means doing all you can to achieve the best birth possible.