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All Nurses Share the Same Struggles

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To any patient out there, know that your nurse gives each and every one of you everything they have. We don't care where you're from or how educated you are. Our only goal is to take care of you and your baby to the best of our abilities.

A Nurse's Wish in Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I couldn't talk about what had happened that day at work with my family. That night, tears flowed down my face and into my bath water. When I finally fell asleep, I dreamt of that perfect baby, her incredibly sweet parents and the little lace dress hanging on the closet door in her room.

The Miracle of Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To every nurse out there that dedicates their hard work to their patients and profession, THANK YOU. When you're exhausted, and you don't know how much longer you can do the work you do, remember that beauty is all around us

Surgeon Performs Life-Saving Operation On Retired Obstetrician Who Delivered Him 45 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.03.2014 | Good News

Little did this doctor know that a baby he delivered decades ago would eventually help extend his life. Dr. Jim Affleck, 83, of Sacramento, Califo...

The Beauty of OB

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When we see a baby born, we observe a flood of emotions from every single person in the room. At that moment, no matter what the situation is, that family's life changes forever.

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?

The Nurse With No Empathy

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

he lived in a very rural area, and did not have much family here. Honestly, she was very young, very poor and very uneducated. But here she was in front of me, flushed, sweating and swollen. I was still a new nurse, just off of orientation, but even I knew that something was very wrong

Not Just a STAT Section

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

Even though I was not working triage that day, I knew to follow every other labor nurse as they ran towards the room. As I made my way in, I saw a mother lying there, soaking in a pool of dark red blood.

The Secret Work of Nurses

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I distinctly remember thinking that if a few more minutes had gone by, he wouldn't have been holding a camera.

Q&A With Rufi Thorpe About Her Novel "The Girls from Corona del Mar"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Rufi Thorpe's powerful debut novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar (Knopf), tells the story of the 20-year friendship between Mia and Lorrie Ann, two girls who grow up together in the eponymous Orange County beach town.

It Happens In The United States

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

No one thinks that this is something that could happen to them. No nurse thinks this is going to be her patient. But it can happen, it does happen, and it is happening every day in the United States.

WATCH: The Traumatic Childbirth Injury No One Is Talking About

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

The fact that women and girls still suffer from obstetric fistula is evidence that health systems are failing to provide good prenatal care, nutrition, a skilled attendant at birth and emergency obstetric care. On this First International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, learn how you can help.

Fistula's Youngest Victims

Kate Gilmore | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Gilmore

We might say that to be injured by pregnancy or through birthing at age 25 is extremely sad; that at the age of 30, it is deeply traumatic, or maybe, that at the age of 40, it is devastating. But what words should we apply when pregnancy injures -- for life -- a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old?

Making Birth Better

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Marie Stone

Maternity care -- who provides it, what it costs, how the baby gets out -- is much bigger than the so-called Mommy Wars. It's a question of the common good, and to get there, we need, as HuffPost blogger Randi Hutter Epstein recently noted, to go beyond the old "home vs. hospital" debates.

Entertainment, Science and the Truth

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2013 | Home
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

I know: you're going to think I'm a nerd, and that I'm a bit of a curmudgeon, but when I watched Alexander Tsiaras' TEDTalk about his gorgeous video, "Conception to Birth - Visualized," I kept thinking, "Huh?"

How Your OB/GYN's Fear of Malpractice Can Affect Your Healthcare

Babble.com | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

My doctor suggested a number of medical interventions prior to and during my labor, including induction and continuous electronic fetal monitoring. Had they been necessary?

Lynne Peeples

New Ways To Protect Unborn Babies From Onslaught Of Toxic Chemicals

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

Laura Vandenberg worries whenever she hears a pregnant friend talk about painting a nursery. She gets even more concerned when she learns of a childbe...

Caesarean Vs Natural - An Agonising Choice?

Imogen Clements | Posted 01.23.2012 | UK
Imogen Clements

Nice: Will new guidelines, giving women the choice to have a C-section over natural should they want one, present expectant mothers (particularly of f...

Baby Boom Has Gone Bust

Tom Silva | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Silva

One unexpected side effect of economic hard times is a sharp decline in birth rates. In Illinois, for example, the birth rate has fallen to its lowes...

Love Your Mother, Save Another

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cristina Page

Unlike many of the world's problems, making huge strides in the fight against maternal mortality is actually easy. And relatively inexpensive too. There are things we can all do.

After St. Joseph's: Are Women Still Safe in Catholic Hospitals?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Thomas J. Olmsted, the Catholic bishop of Phoenix, Arizona, has condemned and excommunicated a highly regarded nun who approved an abortion necessary to save a pregnant woman's life.

Does Malpractice Alter Obstetric Practice?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

The threat of malpractice liability doesn't appear to have any impact on obstetrics, but it may frighten doctors into delivering fewer babies to reduce their cumulative risk of being sued.

Medical Kidnapping: Rogue Obstetricians vs. Pregnant Women

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jacob M. Appel

The treatment of a pregnant Tallahassee mother, Samantha Burton, by her obstetrician may well rank among the most egregious abuses perpetrated against a patient by her caregiver since the triumph of the patients' rights movement.

Extreme Birth, Indeed

Jennifer Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Block

Routine maternity ward monitoring, inducing, and anesthetizing have added up to millions of unnecessary cesarean sections: a hospital childbirth system gone insane.