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Unplanned Pregnancy

How Do Women Feel After Placing Their Baby For Adoption?

Felicia Curcuru | Posted 10.15.2015 | Women
Felicia Curcuru

Adoption can be a joyous and beautiful process that creates love and family. However, with every adoption and every union, there is also loss, a biological parent being separated from their child. Even if a birthparent is happy with her choice of adoption, there is still a grieving process.

My Unintended Son: I Didn't Intend to Get Pregnant at 21

Tina Plantamura | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Tina Plantamura

I wasn't ready. I did not plan to get pregnant. I was completely uncertain of everything about my future -- my relationship was new, my "career path" took a temporary detour, and my finances were basically nonexistent and nowhere near in order.

Why I Chose To Keep My Unplanned Child

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

I chose my son because, when the moment came and I had the option, he felt like the only choice to make.

This Small Change Can Dramatically Reduce Unintended Pregnancies

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Simply informing women about intrauterine and hormonal implant birth control options when they ask for family planning advice can dramatically decreas...

Millennials Value Birth Control, So Why Aren't More Using It?

Laura Stepp | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Among teens ages 15 to 19, pregnancies (about 85 percent of which are unplanned) and births are at their lowest rates ever. The teen pregnancy rate has dropped 51 percent since 1990, and the teen birth rate 57 percent since 1991. But teens' older, unmarried sisters, ages 20 to 29, cannot say the same thing.

Women's Reproductive Liberty: A Football in a Match Played By and For Men

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Pro-life advocates in Congress recently infected an uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill that had strong bipartisan support with a contentious amendment that prohibits taypayer-funded abortions. Women's reproductive health should not be the euphemistic football in a match played mostly by and for men in Congress.

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

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.04.2015 | 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.