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Why This Mom Became an Activist

Dawn Slegona McDonald | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Dawn Slegona McDonald

In the months since the Sandy Hook massacre, a new and unwelcome kind of moment has entered my life. A moment when the absolute joy I feel watching my son giggle or sing or run happily across the playground abruptly shifts to a deep sorrow and an aching fear.

Where I Finally Realized Modesty Is Not An Option As A Mom

Valerie Weiss | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Valerie Weiss

Yesterday, as I was having my first-ever body scrub at a Korean Spa -- a service that is described as "not for any woman who is shy about her body" -- it struck me how having kids has expunged every bit of modesty impressed upon me by my upbringing.

HIV Messenger Baby

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

Health reform may be a political football for politicians, but for those whose start in life will be rough enough, it is not a game, and the next baby may not be so lucky.

The Truth About Push Presents

Ira Weissman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Ira Weissman

While it's not exactly a new concept that husbands buy their wives postnatal gifts, it is becoming more and more expected that husbands buy their wives expensive jewelry.

Did You Hear the One About the Birth, the Pig and the Logger?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 04.28.2013 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Poor Nathanael Johnson. He made a huge error in his new book. Didn't anyone tell him that the way to sell books these days is to skim over the research, tap into the juicy bits that match your preconceived notions and then offer the reader an easy yet extreme solution?

Here's One Way to Make Childbirth Safer

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I am glad that Johnson renewed the much-needed attention to the dangers of childbirth. But I hope that his piece does not reignite the overly-simplistic midwife vs. doctor debate. What we need is a healthy dialogue between these two groups of experts.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin's Legacy Among Doulas in L.A.

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents
Antonia Blumberg

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives recounts the history of the natural birth movement in the United States. It is the story of a revolution, initiated in the least likely place imaginable.

Beyonce Opens Up About Her Marriage

Posted 01.23.2013 | Weddings

Beyonce is usually quiet about her marriage to Jay-Z, but she recently opened up to GQ about how she and her rapper husband keep their relationship st...

What Makes A Miracle?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 03.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

All of the elements in pregnancy, the whole process, truly seems "miraculous," and yet it happens thousands of times each and every day. So if it is so common, how could it be "miraculous"?

A Non-Traditional Birth Plan

Kim Simon | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

It's easy to be calm when you're pregnant with Baby #1. You don't know what you don't know, and all. But we all know how well that turned out.

I Am a Hip-Hop Artist Dad

Sapient | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Sapient

I am Sapient, I am a hip-hop artist, and I am also an advocate for natural childbirth, breastfeeding and attachment parenting. And yeah, breastfeeding isn't exactly hip-hop.

Visitors After The Baby? 10 Rules For New Parents

Amy Morrison | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Amy Morrison

The best thing you can do with visitors, a new baby, and I suppose life in general, is just roll with it.

Resisting This Could Cut Your Cancer Risk In Half, Study Says

Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices

Those bright eyes and chubby cheeks may be hard to resist, but researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have good reason...

On The Fear Of Pain: 'Pain Is Inevitable, But Suffering Is Optional'

Tara Brach | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

When painful sensations arise and we can simply meet them with clarity and presence, we can see that pain is just pain. We can listen to pain's message and respond appropriately -- taking good care.

The Surprising Thing That Got Me Over My Fear

Suzanne Clores | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

Not everyone needs to wrap themselves in ropes or balance on a trapeze bar in order to see this world. But sometimes that's what it takes.

A Kickstarter For Life-Saving Surgeries

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

Last year, I went to Sierra Leone on a trip with the State Department and stumbled into a problem that eats away at all the happiness of the last few weeks. I learned that in Sierra Leone, one in eight women die in childbirth.

10 Years Ago: A Lifetime and an Instant

Lindsey Mead | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

My daughter turns 10 this week. I'm swimming in a sea of memories of this week ten whole years ago, a week that commenced a season that changed everything for me.

Papa Glow: 7 Tips For Bonding With Baby & Paternal Satisfaction

Latham Thomas | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Latham Thomas

Whether you are a new papa or a veteran in the baby game, it's always good to learn some new tips to sharpen your skills, build your confidence, and boost your bond with your baby.

WATCH: Homeless Man Saves Newborn Baby's Life At Oklahoma Truck Stop

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.17.2012 | Good News

Keaton Mason was giving birth in an unlikely situation: the passenger seat of a white Honda, in a truck stop just off I-40 in Oklahoma City. Mason ...

Let's Celebrate International Day of the Girl

Cecilia Attias | Posted 12.11.2012 | Women
Cecilia Attias

While we celebrate International Day of the Girl, let's take action to make sure everyone -- governments, businesses, parents and teachers -- is aware of and ready to nurture the formidable talents and capacities and potential of girls.

What Not to Say to a New Mother

Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE | Posted 12.03.2012 | Parents
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE

It should be a priority for all who work with pregnant folks and new parents to try to get their tone right as often as possible. To slow down, remember that that new dad holding his baby is far more likely to be riddled with insecurity and self-doubt than he is to actually drop the baby.

How HypnoBirthing Supported the Labor I Hoped for

Pooja R. Mottl | Posted 12.01.2012 | Parents
Pooja R. Mottl

Looking back, I'm glad I didn't write it off despite its rather bizarre-sounding name.

Giving Birth With A Borrowed Womb Is Not What Makes You A Mother

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

There are countless ways to have a baby, and all of them are essentially irrelevant to actually becoming a parent.

The Birth Story I Never Wanted To Tell

Christina Loccke | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Christina Loccke

My husband jokingly applies the baseball term "hitting for the cycle" to the way I delivered our three children: from scheduled surgery to drugged and finally undrugged natural. It wasn't some sport, though I was fanatical.

Placenta: To Eat or Not to Eat?

Mark B. Kristal | Posted 11.17.2012 | Science
Mark B. Kristal

Women, reporting encouragement by doulas and midwives and aided by unverified web information, are deciding to ingest placenta at delivery.