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What I Want All Women To Know About Childbirth

Dina L. Relles | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

You may have a birth plan, or you may not. But birth has a plan for you: once your child is born, you will see yourself as a mother. And realize you've never been so beautiful.

12 Things I Loved About My C-Section

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

C-sections are often hailed as unnecessary, agonizing and overused. On this topic, I can speak only for myself. That said, strange as it sounds, there were things I actually loved about my surgical birth.

Specialists Weigh In On How To Reduce C-Section Rates

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.20.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Show more patience in the delivery room: That's the prescription being given to the nation's obstetricians. New guidelines say do...

Baby's First Surgery: The Perfectionectomy

Whitney Frink | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Whitney Frink

Let it go. Your child was born with an abnormality, despite you doing everything right. You planned, you controlled, and still. Your beautiful baby is beautiful, but not perfect. Not like you pictured.

Woman Who Wasn't Pregnant Gets C-section

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

SAO PAULO (AP) — Officials in southeastern Brazil say doctors performed a cesarean section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she wasn't p...

How to Get Instant Six-Pack Abs MINUTES After Having a Baby

Tony Posnanski | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

I think that four days is way too long for any mother to wait for six-pack abs. As a weight loss inspiration and motivator, I would like to share with everyone a very easy way to have six-pack abs right after having a baby. It is very easy to obtain, but might be hard to maintain.

My Not So Scary C-Section

Cara Paiuk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Sometimes they are medically necessary. Mine was and yours may be too. My baby and I survived just fine. The recovery was manageable. If you need to have one, it will not be the end of the world.

Expecting a Good (Cesarean) Birth

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

It's time for us to dispense with the battle lines that have marked conversations about birth for decades -- and that have led us to neglect the important task of finding and facilitating the good in cesareans and other births where technology is desired or needed.

You Can't Always Get What You Want -- But If You Try Sometimes Well You Just Might Find, You Get a C-Section

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Ten days ago, our SON kicked his way into this world and showed me that loving two children was not a challenge, but a gift.

Your Time of the Month: A Cause for Celebration

Naama Bloom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Naama Bloom

As pre-pubescents, we wait for this mysterious visitor. In our twenties, we pray we get it each month because we want confirmation that we're not pregnant. Then we hit our 30s, and many of us are trying to get pregnant. It's no wonder we have a love/hate relationship with our periods.

15 Things Doctors Aren't Telling You About Childbirth

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents

We live in a world where information about having and rearing babies is everywhere. When is the best time to have kids? Where does your favorite n...

Words That Heal: Cesarean Birth

Brandy Ferner | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

This important role you have usually coincides with a very vulnerable window of time in these women's lives (possibly even the most vulnerable time of their lives), so the words you choose have immense power to heal, support and empower them -- or do the opposite.

STUDY: Slower Labor Is Normal In Twin Pregnancies

Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 07/29/2013 08:17 AM EDT on LiveScience Labor takes longer in women pregnant with twins, a new study ...

Mother's Age Tied To Risk Of Delivery Complications

Posted 06.14.2013 | Parents

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:26pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Teenage mothers are at increased risk of delivering their babies...

The Fear That Follows Me

Kim Simon | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

When fear is gone, it leaves a huge hole for the courage to fill. It's a space that's almost as big as my baby, I think.

Fathers Need To Step Up

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

As I watched my sons being born, I knew our generation must be a generation to take on the responsibility of fatherhood. We need to care about women giving birth to the next generation. We need to be involved with our children from the moment they take their first breath.

Being a C-Section Mama In the Birth Goddess Club

Amanda King | Posted 06.13.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

I hated everything about how my birth experiences unfolded, hated every bottle, every moment of guilt and panic and all the ways I was lacking. But here we are, six years later, my girls and me.

Care After Birth: Different Moms, Different Realities

Linda Murray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Linda Murray

For many women around the world postpartum support comes from partners, family, and friends who rally to help out and give the new mom a chance to regain her strength and focus on bonding with her baby. The type of support moms get and the length of time they receive that support vary around the world.

When Transforming a Life is as Simple as Playing a Game

Kate Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kate Grant

What if you could do something right now to help heal girls and women with fistula in the developing world? And what if helping was as simple as playing a game?

Baby Born With Organs Outside Body

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents

Andy Hoskins gushed on his blog Wednesday that his newborn son, Hayden, had gained weight. Small milestones for many infants are big ones for Hayde...

The Elective C-Section that Saved My Soul

Katie Hurley | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Eventually, I stopped talking. I provided a vague due date and nodded along when people told me to bring a body pillow, music and even a mirror (no thank you). People, as it turns out, have a lot of opinions about childbirth.

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.

Here's One Way to Make Childbirth Safer

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I am glad that Johnson renewed the much-needed attention to the dangers of childbirth. But I hope that his piece does not reignite the overly-simplistic midwife vs. doctor debate. What we need is a healthy dialogue between these two groups of experts.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin's Legacy Among Doulas in L.A.

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents
Antonia Blumberg

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives recounts the history of the natural birth movement in the United States. It is the story of a revolution, initiated in the least likely place imaginable.

A Non-Traditional Birth Plan

Kim Simon | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

It's easy to be calm when you're pregnant with Baby #1. You don't know what you don't know, and all. But we all know how well that turned out.