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The Void When You're Done Having Children

Toni Hammer | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Toni Hammer

My husband had a vasectomy. Since we never planned on having kids in the first place, and now we had two children born 355 days apart, it seemed appropriate. It was the right thing, and the best thing, to do for us, our family and my uterus. What I hadn't planned for was "the void."

Embracing the Reproductive Rights of HIV-affected Couples: It's Time

Shannon Weber | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Shannon Weber

While condoms have been the gold-standard HIV prevention method, when HIV-affected couples want to have a baby, they must necessarily consider other options, weighing the risk of possible HIV transmission with their natural desires to have a child.

The Decision We Agonized Over, But Do Not Regret

The Next Family | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

At conception and in the months before birth, we make parental choices before we meet our child or children. The best we can do is to make educated decisions based on science, faith and what we feel is right.

Don't Do This While Trying to Conceive

KnowMore TV | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
KnowMore TV

While planning a pregnancy can be an excitingly blissful time, it can also be extremely stressful when it's not happening as quickly as you'd hoped. But agonizing over not getting pregnant can be the exact thing that's keeping you from conceiving.

A Lesson From My Grandma In The Miracle Of Life

Meredith Franco Meyers | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Meredith Franco Meyers

Sometime during that first week of the new year, as I thought very deeply about my grandmother's influence on my life, knowing her light was fading, I began to feel sick and very, very tired.

Catherine Pearson

The Fertility Basics A Surprising Number Of Women Don't Know | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Women

A new survey of women in the United States suggests there are significant gaps in women's knowledge about their own reproductive health, as well as wi...

Fear Upon Fear for the Fourth of July

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

What is there to win? No woman wants to "win" by having to have an abortion. Do the primarily white male legislators fear losing control? Losing political contributions? Do men fear losing out to women who really do need freedom for health care of their own bodies?

Seriously Though, What Is A Baby?

Posted 05.09.2013 | Comedy

Couples will often see a medical professional for consultation when they have trouble conceiving a baby. That is, trouble conceiving OF a baby. Some c...

H.R. 1096, S. 583, The Pauls and the Magic of Morphogenesis

Mark Axelrod | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

At the time of conception the human embryo is not significantly different from a shark, a salamander, a lizard, a chicken, a rabbit or a pig.

5 Things Never To Say To An Adoptive Parent

The Stir | Posted 05.03.2013 | Parents
The Stir

A while ago, I was thinking of adopting a child. When I told a friend, she asked, "But don't you want any of your own?" I was floored. Years later, a co-worker always referred to her friend's kid as "Lisa's adopted baby." That would be like saying, "Lisa's egg donor baby."

Science, Religion and Embryos

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

A friend of mine is in the late stages of a tragic pregnancy that will lead either to a stillborn baby or, at best, to a baby that will struggle for a few hours and die. The prognosis was made early on and the decision to take the baby to term was made.

John Celock

Lawmaker Targets Rapists' Rights | John Celock | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

A Democratic legislator in Arkansas wants to strip convicted rapists of their rights to children conceived during the rape. State Rep. John Charles...

Catherine Pearson

LOOK: New Model Predicts Women's Odds Of Getting Pregnant | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Women

One of the biggest challenges for women trying to get pregnant is determining if and when they should keep trying to conceive on their own, and when i...

The One Question You Shouldn't Ask a Couple

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 12.05.2012 | Women
Brett Blumenthal

If you're married, you've probably experienced lots of prodding about various aspects of your life and marriage. But let's face it, there is one topic that is front and center almost as soon as the nuptials are exchanged.

Life Begins Before Conception? You Zygote to Be Kidding

Jack Mathews | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics
Jack Mathews

If reasonable heads were to prevail, the GOP might realize that they would have a better chance of passing an amendment that states their actual purpose -- the criminalization of all abortions -- than one that makes germinated eggs more important than even their mothers' lives.

Rape -- A World Issue

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Rukhsana Hasib

The use of the term "legitimate rape" is utterly bizarre and morally reprehensible. It is a grave and injurious insult to mothers and daughters everywhere.

Don't Worry

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Fetal Personhood: Why Stop There?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Senator Rand Paul, that scion of small government, wants the government to decide when a woman can choose her own reproductive fate.

Should Men Pay for Their Lover's Pregnancy?

Vicki Larson | Posted 08.04.2012 | Women
Vicki Larson

As long as people continue to have sex outside of marriage, and as long as many see marriage as obsolete and increasingly live together, we need to be talking about the price we play for pleasure.

John Celock

Arizona Lawmakers: Pregnancy Begins Before Conception | John Celock | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

Arizona lawmakers gave final passage to three anti-abortion bills Tuesday afternoon, including one that declares pregnancies in the state begin two we...

Giving Birth To An Indie Film

Josh Stolberg | Posted 05.16.2012 | Arts
Josh Stolberg

When we're little, most of us are fed a fairy tale version of how we came to be. Something along the lines of "Mommy and Daddy love each other very much and we gave each other a special hug to make you grow" is what most kids hear.

Oklahoma Senate Approves 'Personhood' Bill

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved an anti-abortion "personhood" bill that declares life begins at conception. The vote...

Nine Couples Discuss Making Babies In 'Conception' Trailer

Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment

From inexperienced teens to couples battling fertility issues, Josh Stolberg's "Conception" follows nine couples as they embark on the road to parenth...

Myrtle Isn't Fertile Anymore

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Take it from someone who's been there: Trying to conceive a child can be a heartbreaking but fully worthwhile journey, especially when choosing a nontraditional method of conception.

Mo. Lawmakers Answer The Question Of When Life Begins

Religion News Service | By Tim Townsend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Tim Townsend Religion News Service (RNS) It's a question that has perplexed philosophers, theologians and scientists for thousands of years. Pyth...