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Prenatal Care

Why Some Tennessee Women Are Afraid To Give Birth At The Hospital

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

A year ago, when Tennessee passed a bill allowing women to be charged with assault if they use narcotics while pregnant, health advocates warned that...

My Doctor Got Me Fired -- And She Was Only Trying to Help

Joan Williams | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Joan Williams

Yesterday The New York Times drew much needed attention to an unintentional misstep doctors and other prenatal care professionals may make that can result in their pregnant patients being forced out on leave when they are able to continue working, or even losing their jobs.

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.

Punishing The Mother Is Not Best For the Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Lynn Erdman

Incarceration is not the answer. Pregnant women with substance use disorders need to be identified early in their pregnancies and offered treatment.

10 Tips For a Speedier Recovery After Delivery

Natalie Diaz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Natalie Diaz

Congratulations on your upcoming bundle (or bundles) of joy! No matter if this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, delivery day is always exciting and a bit nerve wrecking. As a mom of twins, and a mom who had a vaginal delivery with twins (yup!) I can tell you that I wish I had more information on the after birth procedure.

The Best and Worst of 3 Prenatal Workouts

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

If you're like me and prefer Pilates, yoga, and just the right amount of cardio in pregnancy and don't know which workouts to turn to, then look no further: I'm sharing with you my three favorite at-home pregnancy workout videos.

3 Things They Should Teach in Prenatal Class

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

You know the saying, "no one ever tells you THAT about having kids." Well, here are my suggestions for a few things those classes should cover for long-term parental success -- beyond the baby years -- when no one seems to care if you are prepared or not.

In Mumbai: Empowering Women, One Call at a Time

Colleen Hancock | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Colleen Hancock

Motherhood is a universal journey, and that access to good information is a universal right. We believe that small shifts in understanding can perpetuate great shifts toward healthy behaviors.

The 'Diabetical'

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

I have loved the term "diabetical" since the matriarch of Tyler Perry's Madea movie franchise first coined the phrase. The term masterfully highlights the diabolical nature of the disease, which has now become a worldwide public health crisis.

How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

Robert Reich | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As the sputtering economy casts more and more women into near poverty, they can't get the health care they need.

What To Expect When You're An Expecting Social Entrepreneur

Shivani Garg Patel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Shivani Garg Patel

Creating a human being and creating a social venture have a lot in common: unexpected challenges, incremental growth, and the immense satisfaction of making something out of thin air. Not only do both endeavors involve a tremendous amount of change, but it's the kind of change that makes you realize your life will always be different from the way it was before.

Mothers Helping Mothers

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

On Mother's Day, these women are celebrating mothers around the world who understand the challenges their fellow mothers face and work tirelessly on their behalf to ensure they stay alive, healthy and able to care for their children.

A Late Night Run To The Pharmacy Turns Into More Than This Mother Of Two Expected -- Now She's Building A Multi-Million Dollar Brand.

Posted 03.25.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

For Healthy Births and Happy Birthdays, Get Covered and Trust Women

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

If I didn't have the experience as an attorney and the confidence of an advocate, my path -- our daughter's path -- might well have been different.

The Forgotten Holding of Roe v. Wade

Dov Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dov Fox

Most people identify Roe v. Wade with a single landmark judgment. Lost in these debates is Roe's altogether distinct holding that the state's interest in "potential life" constitutes a valid reason to regulate reproductive conduct.

Disrupted Development: The Dangers of Prenatal BPA Exposure

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Wait, so we may be setting the stage for diseases like breast cancer before a baby is even born?

Making the Most of a Golden Minute

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

What can you accomplish in one minute? You could put away your shoes or read 250 words--but with the right training, you could save a newborn's life. Here's how.

I Found the 'Holy Grail' of Prenatal Testing

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

The real draw of NIPT is its potential as an alternative to invasive testing, a way to replace a needle in the belly with one in the arm, to get information without putting pregnancies in harm's way. The draw of NIPT is that it is non-invasive. That's what makes it exciting.

The First Thousand Days of a Baby's Life

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Madeleine M. Kunin

The first thousand days of a baby's life are likely to determine the rest of her life -- whether she grows up to be healthy or not, both physically and emotionally. That's both good news and bad news.

Maternal Health Is A Social Issue, Too

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

In Senegal and throughout West Africa, deeply-rooted social norms are meant to protect and support a woman and her child throughout her pregnancy and after the birth. Unfortunately, these beliefs can also put the mother and child's health at risk.

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.

Obstetric Fistula: No Longer A Neglected Tragedy

Kate Grant | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

Until a decade ago, fistula was literally not on the global health agenda, even though it is arguably the most devastating and disabling of all childbirth injuries. The simple reason: women who suffer from fistula live almost exclusively in rural areas of very resource constrained countries, and are therefore some of the least empowered human beings on the planet.

Making Healthy Pregnancies a Priority in Ghana

Asare Regina | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Asare Regina

This month, as many of my colleagues around the world celebrate motherhood, I work towards a future where all the mothers in my community have access to safe and healthy pregnancies -- a future free of the cries that once filled the homes of my neighbors.

37 Weeks and Six Days

Allyson Downey | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Allyson Downey

The weeSpring community is all about parents helping parents -- and supporting Kangu is an extraordinary way to help a mother in need, and possibly even save her life.

Birthing Shelters

Nicole Field Brzeski | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Nicole Field Brzeski

They have no shelter, no kitchen, no toilets, no bathing facilities. They must fend off animals and criminals. These physical and psychological stresses create a great deal of suffering just before the intensely physical demands of childbirth and subsequent care of a newborn.