I knew I was at a high risk. I had a plan: I could go up on the anti-depressants I took. I could attend postpartum support groups and get a therapist. I was prepared. Except, you can't really be prepared.
The family planning community should be willing to take some reasonable risks when it comes to acknowledging the pleasure motivation in birth control. We know that sexy advertising works to sell pretty much everything else. Why not family planning, one of the most empowering and powerful forces for good and pleasure in the world?
This author is among those fortunate to report that after a double mastectomy and a second recurrence of breast cancer, my aunt, is again cancer free.
Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming to a close. And I am grateful. Every year it brings a sea of pink and this year was no different. But has anything meaningful changed from last year? Have we made progress?
These women may have come from all corners of the globe and speak different languages, but one trait unifies them: They all want to create more opportunities for women and girls through sports.
Breastfeeding isn't just good for babies; it boasts many health advantages for moms, too. One benefit, especially noteworthy during October for Breastfeeding Awareness Month, is the reduced risk of breast cancer in breastfeeding moms.
Some people think Islam bans girls' education and limits women's duty in society to the noble position of motherhood on the sidelines. That is wrong.
Jimena Asturias, 13 -- Jalapa, Guatemala Jimena is a brave 13-year old girl leader from Guatemala. Over the past year Jimena has worked with ...
The woman is the pillar of the family and, by extension, is the cornerstone of society. However, she receives little support and recognition, and in addition to educating and training future citizens, we now demand many other things from her as well.
Nothing inspires me more than a young girl who has strength, confidence and a healthy self-image. Which is why I'm so proud of New York City for launching its new NYC Girls Project, a public awareness campaign designed to remind girls, ages 7 to 12, that self-esteem isn't built by slipping into a pair of designer jeans or cool shoes, but by celebrating who they are inside.
The founder of the school, Kakenya Ntaiya, grew up in a hut made of straw, mud, and dung with no running water or electricity. She was born in 1978, but does not know the exact day -- her mother cannot remember. She was engaged at age five to the six-year-old boy next door.
World Polio Day, which we recognize on October 24, is a reminder that even though this disease is gone from the United States, it must not be forgotten. Diseases like polio and measles continue to cripple and kill children in other parts of the world.
When I think back at the child I was when I earned my own driver's license and the pride I felt of being able to drive to school, the store or just around the neighborhood, it makes the injustice of the adults, mothers, and professionals in Saudi Arabia who are refused a license all the more insufferable.
Two things terrified Peter Hamilton as a child: a disaster overcoming his family, and polio. Remnants of that fear and the relief at being vaccinated triggered an emotional connection when he saw an early version of the film about scientist Jonas Salk's struggle to find a vaccine to stop polio in the 1950s.
TB anywhere is TB everywhere. As an airborne disease that can be spread through the simple of act of coughing, our decision makers have an obligation to heed the evidence and ramp up our slowing fight against an ancient disease, before its control spins out of our grasp.
Thirteen years after world leaders committed to providing access to education to all primary-school-aged children by 2015, there are more than 57 million boys and girls out of school. Immediate action is needed, or there could be irreparable consequences.
Most American children who are running entered kindergarten at age five with little idea what a huge victory reaching age five truly is. I imagine some will celebrate breaking the world record, but I am thinking about the birthday parties for those 5-year-olds around the world who, without continued effort, would never have completed the race.
The Middle East and North Africa region represents a wildly diverse variety of cultures, customs, religions and political groups. And the relationship...
How fitting that this year Breast Cancer Awareness Month also coincides with the launch of the Affordable Care Act's Health Care Marketplaces.
It remains a scandal that childbirth is the leading cause of death for young women in many countries -- and that is fortunately a far cry from birth in the UK. But the concept of dignity, our universal rights to respect and care during childbirth, connect all mothers and midwives, wherever we live.