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Unplanned Pregnancy

'A Stronger Love': Alaska Teen Gives Breast Milk to the Baby She Gave Up for Adoption

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.02.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

The news, delivered by a doctor at a routine appointment, was so startling it took two additional pregnancy tests at home before she believed it.

I Fell In Love Carrying Another Man's Child

Herina Ayot | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Herina Ayot

I fell in love across the Atlantic in a country more beautiful than God himself while four months pregnant with another man's child.

#ShareaCondom Campaign Proves (Safe) Sex Sells

Eva McEnrue & Mel Owens | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Eva McEnrue & Mel Owens

Educators, parents, and condom manufacturers have worked to make safe sex appealing to young people for decades with minimal success - until now. Shadowing Coke's marketing tactic, Poke's "#ShareaCondom" campaign is enjoying similar success while also preventing unplanned pregnancy and STDs.

Well-Known Scholar Says Planned Births, Not Marriage, Top Priority for Child Well-Being

Laura Stepp | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Years of research show that a baby who was unplanned or unintended is at risk for any number of things including premature birth, low birth weight, and later, doing less well in school than children whose births were planned. The sad thing is that it has never been easier to plan pregnancies.

Not All Protesters Are Plump Lil Old Grandmas

Yirssi Bergman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Yirssi Bergman

In McCullen v. Coakley , the plaintiff describes herself as "plump." She is short, and is 77 years old. They try to make it sound as if all protesters are and look like her. But that's not what we see and experience, week after week, in front of our health center.

When I Was 27, I Discovered That I Was 34 Weeks Pregnant

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Katie Mgongolwa

I don't always tell people that I didn't know I was pregnant. Although I'll never forget the surprise, I often wonder, "Why didn't I know?"

The Shadows of Advent

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

For most of my life I paid little attention to Advent. I had vague childhood memories of singing melancholy hymns with minor chords. I occasionally lit candles around an Advent wreath. But one day, about 12 years ago, that changed.

The Most Valuable Lesson I've Learned From My Kids

Herina Ayot | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Herina Ayot

Like an alarm clock on Monday morning, my children brought me back to reality, and in that moment taught me that life doesn't have to follow a plan.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Texas Abortion Limits

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Overturning Roe v. Wade has never been about saving babies. It's about controlling women, and the religious extremists will continue masking this hidden agenda until they are exposed.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Where Unplanned Babies Are Born | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Women

About half of the of the 6.7 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unplanned, according to a new state-level analysis by the Guttmacher Instit...

What if I Don't Love My Baby?

Maia James | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Maia James

I spent pretty much my entire pregnancy convinced I wasn't going to love my child. While other moms-to-be claimed they fell head over heels the minute they saw the plus sign on the EPT, my reaction was far different.

Surprise! You Have Triplets

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.25.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Whether it's a couple's first child or their fifth, an 'oops!' baby can greatly affect a household's emotional health and family dynamic. HuffPost Liv...

Portrait of a Not-So-Perfect Pregnancy: Part One

Natalie Thomas | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

While on a relaxing and over-indulgent trip to Lake Como, Italy, let's just say "things happened" and I woke in the middle of the night after the happening knowing two things. One, I had a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and two, I felt certain I was pregnant.

Becoming Grandma too Soon: Tips for Navigating an Unplanned Pregnancy

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Lisa Carpenter

The news that your beloved baby will soon have a baby is not the end of the world. It's also not the end of hopes and dreams for an education, a career, a happy marriage and well-adjusted children and grandchildren. Trust me on that: I've had all the above and more.

No Accident: How My Unplanned Pregnancy Became a Blessing

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

My gynecologist found it humorous that a woman who had battled infertility and miscarriages for years could end up pregnant while on birth control... but I was living proof that the pill is not 100% effective.

Pregnant Pauses

Kaylee Scottaline | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kaylee Scottaline

I want what every expecting parent wants: a healthy baby. And a great deal of that is 100 percent out of my control. That's a fear I could never have anticipated or fully understood until having to go through it.

Catherine Pearson

Unplanned Pregnancies Among Women In Military High, Rising | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.23.2013 | Women

The unplanned pregnancy rate among active-duty women in the military is high and on the rise, according to a new study that analyzed Department of Def...

Family Shaping

Sarah Buttenwieser | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Sarah Buttenwieser

Throughout my own reproductive life, I've thought about this when the notion of "family planning" comes up. I forged a path through life, some of it plotted and tried for, and some of it... not.

43 Million American Women Shouldn't Be "At Risk"

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Usually, societies try to reduce risks, especially those that are preventable. But we'd still rather give mainstream voice to ill-informed, nostalgic conservative malaise than enable teenage girls and adult women to manage their own reproduction.

'Secretly Pregnant': Afraid To Tell Her Kids About Baby #9

Posted 10.19.2012 | TV

"Secretly Pregnant" turned the spotlight on Amy, who was keeping her ninth pregnancy a secret from her own children. The eight she had were from sever...

No Mother's Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California.

Women Have Staggering Number Of Unplanned Pregnancies In Their 20s, Report Shows

Posted 04.25.2012 | Women

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/25/2012 08:02 AM EDT on LiveScience More than two-thirds of pregnancies in unmarri...

A 'Bastard Child' Finds Unexpected Belonging

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's hard to imagine the feelings evoked by knowing your own family doesn't claim you, and that your very existence is at the root of a schism that would never heal.

In Contraception Battle, Teen Girls Are Ones Who Lose

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Laura Stepp

So what was the HHS decision really about? What everything seems about in Washington these days: Garnering political support for President Obama in next year's presidential race.

Why We Shouldn't Compare Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party

Tessa Blake | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Tessa Blake

Sure, the nascent Occupy Wall Street movement is a bit of a grab bag, but at least the core ideas make some kind of human sense.