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Does Breastfeeding Matter? Graphing the Lives Saved

Melissa Bartick | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents
Melissa Bartick

Is breastfeeding really being "oversold?" If breastfeeding saves lives, we should see that infant deaths go down when breastfeeding rates go up.

Pregnant Chrissy Teigen Is Radiant In White

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Style

It's been less than two days since Chrissy Teigen announced her highly anticipated pregnancy, and we've already been blessed with her f...

Government Checks for Stay-At-Home Mothers Part II

Allison Chawla | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

Many people, no matter how hard they work, do not get the same opportunities as others. They don't get the best of choices. Others get no choice at all. Despite what many of us think or believe, having a choice is a great luxury.

Enigmatic and Sensual: Maternity Boudoir and Why I Love It

Marisa Leigh | Posted 07.29.2015 | Women
Marisa Leigh

I do feel that there is no better purpose to my creativity than capturing the blooming, radiant beauty of women full with the love for their unborn children. I am talking about the trend that is all set to become a rage -- boudoir with the bump!

Kim Kardashian's Sheer Jumpsuit Isn't Your Average Maternity Wear

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Style

Kim Kardashian's second-time-around maternity style is proving to be sheer perfection.  The reality star stepped out with hubby Kanye W...

Combating Infant Mortality: The Impact of Maternal Education on Perinatal Outcomes

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Rep. Gwen Moore

The women who need the most guidance and support are often those who have faced the toughest obstacles. To reduce the infant mortality rate and play a part in making our communities stronger and healthier, we must reach out to these women and help them access the healthcare and education they need because it truly takes a village to successfully raise a child.

12 TV Shows To Binge-Watch While On Maternity Leave (If You Have Any Time)

The Huffington Post | Hollis Miller | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents

Anyone who has been on maternity leave knows that while it's a wonderful time in your life, it's certainly no picnic. Sometimes, in those weeks wh...

Delivery in the Disaster Zone

Nate Clark | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Nate Clark

According to a hospital director in Nepal: "At the moment of the first tremor, we were performing caesarean sections. We brought the patients outside and successfully completed the surgeries. These doctors and nurses never left the patients."

Why Young v. UPS Is a Big Win for Pregnant Workers

Tom Spiggle | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

The case's effects on pregnant workers overall is not immediately clear. But as an experienced attorney dealing with these kinds of cases, I believe that it will ultimately help make the playing field a little more favorable for workers who have faced discrimination.

They Should've Warned Me

Jenny Studenroth Gerson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Jenny Studenroth Gerson

When I was pregnant, everyone was all about "warning" me about what was coming next. I walked around much of those 10 (let's face it, pregnancy is 10, not nine, months) absolutely terrified.

Great Strides for Women's Health Under the Affordable Care Act

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

Up until last year, insurance companies could -- and often did -- charge women different premiums than men for the same coverage. As of January 1, 2014, the ACA prohibits this gender discrimination.

Iran Cares More About New Mothers Than the United States

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Kurt A. Gardinier

The United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave. The only one.

8 Chic Winter Looks for Pregnant Gals

Amy E. Goodman | Posted 02.08.2015 | Style
Amy E. Goodman

When our bodies are morphing seemingly out of control before our very eyes, YES, we want to look good! And we can absolutely do so without spending a small fortune.

The Flips and Flops of Summer Pregnancy

Chelsey Wilson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Chelsey Wilson

If you are thinking about getting pregnant this time of year... keep in mind what a summer pregnancy looks like! As a teacher's aid, having the summe...

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.

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...

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

I'm trying to figure out how best to honor my pregnancies -- all three -- and the body that housed them. They don't necessarily need to be emboldened in my postpartum size and I guess stretch marks of the soul are the stretch marks that aren't readily visible to anyone other than me.

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.

5 Stages of Maternity Swimsuit Shopping

Jacqueline Burt Cote | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Burt Cote

Three-way mirrors are soul-crushing windows into the depths of hell under the best of circumstances; put a pregnant lady wearing an ill-fitting tankini in front of them and expect nothing short of a full-scale nervous breakdown

New Moms Talk About Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents

For new moms, heading back into the office after maternity leave can be tough. In a HuffPost Live conversation, mothers shared their experiences with ...

Twerking While Pregnant and Other Mommy-to-Be Musings

Julee Wilson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Julee Wilson

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and like many moms-to-be, I'm riddled with questions and mommy guilt. Am I doing this right? How will this affect the baby? Can I eat that? However, I've noticed that my list of worries is also deeply rooted in holding onto my pre-pregnancy self.

4 Things Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Pregnancy can be one of life's most exciting phases as you prepare to welcome a new family member, but it can also be one of the most stressful, especially as the details of your maternity coverage start to bog you down.

6 Common Reactions to Breastfeeding

Supriya Kelkar | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Supriya Kelkar

My son comfort-nursed for hours at a time in the early days and then reverted to nursing through the night, much more frequently than every two hours, in the later months. But through the almost year-and-a-half adventure, I started to notice there were six types of reactions to a mother breastfeeding her child.

In the Fight for Gender Equity in the Labor Market, There is No "Other"

Anika J. Hermann | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Anika J. Hermann

These numbers are unconscionable. And they have dire implications. Leaving aside micro-level issues arising from women being economically dependent on men, wage gaps threaten large-scale economic stability.

The One Word You Should Use to Repel Men

Natalie Thomas | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Natalie Thomas

My twenties were amazing. And horrible. At the the same time. I lived in New York with no money, too many roommates (and roaches!) and spent my days chasing my dreams and breaking my heart.