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7 Reasons Not To Find Out The Sex Of The Baby

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

If we found out the sex at 18 weeks, that means I'd have 22 weeks to listen to people moronically babble on about what it means to have a boy or girl. Especially when my wife was pregnant with our second.

Think You Have It Tough? Try Having a Baby in Uganda

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

How is it that such a grave disparity persists in 2014, with all the wealth in the world? Why do we allow some women to suffer so needlessly because they happen to live in a country without the resources to care for them properly? This isn't a Ugandan problem, or an African problem, or even a women's problem. It's our problem.

My Nontraumatic Birth Was Traumatic to Me

Becky Schroeder | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

If you take my gorgeous, healthy baby out of this story, giving birth was the worst physical and emotional experience I have ever had. It was devastating. It devastated me so much I couldn't get past the shock when the nurses laid my baby's beautifully plump body across my chest, heart racing, sweat dripping from my brow.

5 Reasons Why Childbirth Is Easier Than Feeding Your Kids

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

Welcome to parenthood, and what could be our greatest challenge yet, feeding the little tyrants... I mean our beautiful children.

Birth Doula Training

Jess Ly | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jess Ly

The beauty of this education and what it ultimately provides can best be captured in one word: choices. When women get educated, they can decide what kind of birth they want and how they want to experience it, exercising our most fundamental human desire, our right to choose.

Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act?

Timoria McQueen | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

The United States is the only developed country in which maternal deaths are rising. We can do better. We must do better. The lives of our mothers and children are depending on it.

Pregnant Mom Says Hospital Threatened To Call Child Services Unless She Has C-Section

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

Jennifer Goodall wants to have a vaginal birth, but she says a hospital in Florida has threatened to report her to child welfare authorities unless sh...

6 Days of Labor: A Birth Story

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

While watching a DVD of Meet the Fockers, Gwen has a contraction. I grab a pencil and the closest thing to write on (oddly, a scrap of wood) and begin timing. Five minutes apart and lasting one minute! Wahoo! Make the call!

Share Your Birth Story

MotherWoman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Avital Norman Nathman My book, The Good Mother Myth, came out earlier this year. It's a collection of essays from a variety of women, all helping ...

This Baby's Coming Out RIGHT NOW!

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents

We've all read stories about babies that didn't wait to get to the delivery room before they decided to come out. Now, you can see one of these births...

The Family Talisman

Joelle Wisler | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I brought them to the hospital and hung onto them the whole time; through the squeeze of the contractions and the sting of the needles and the pushing and the sweating and the crying and the expansion of pride at the amazing creature that was all of a sudden... there.

How My Unborn Son Saved His Mother's Life

Oral Fixation | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Oral Fixation

In the delivery room, I was dressed in my scrubs just like in the movies. My seat was next to my love, who was on the operating table, arms stretched out. There was a screen cloth right above her sternum obscuring her nether region. Her face was glowing in the halo of the operating lights.

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

Am I a Father? Check -- Bidding Farewell to My Baby Too Soon

James Sims | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
James Sims

Angel Belle was alive during the entire delivery process. My wife felt her kicking throughout. Her heartbeat was strong. And then it was not. After being delivered, Angel Belle took a single breath while her heartbeat slowly faded.

Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries

Ward Cates | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Ward Cates

he State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report will offer a blueprint for maximizing the contributions that midwives can make to health systems worldwide. We have seen the life-saving effect that midwives can have. It is time to put these competent health care professionals within everyone's reach.

The Trauma That Followed My Surprise Pregnancy

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Katie Mgongolwa

I gave birth to a healthy, incredible baby girl two weeks after we discovered I was pregnant. It was lucky, and a blessing, to have everything turn out so well. But as many mothers know, the journey did not end there.

Labor Day, Birth, and Perceived Judgement

Lindsey Mead | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

I genuinely believe that most people don't judge the ways that others navigate the emotional, complicated, deeply personal terrain of motherhood. Perceived judgment can still slice deeply, but I think we need to remember that the root of what we sense may be in our own sensitivity and not in the mind of the other.

How To Raise A Perfect Child

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Despite what common sense might say, there are not an a variety of ways to raise good children. There is only one. And I know it. And you don't. So I'm going to educate you (you're welcome).

A Mother's Day We Can All Celebrate

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

That's why Merck for Mothers has made the U.S. an important part of our global initiative to reduce maternal mortality and is committed to improving maternal healthcare in this country.

The 5 Scariest Experiences After Childbirth

Michaela Fox | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Giving birth is scary, but it is only the initiation into multiple stressful experiences awaiting new mothers. Here are the most stressful obstacles to overcome in the 72 hours post-birth.

The World's Mothers Deserve Better

Emma Saloranta | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Emma Saloranta

On this Mother's Day, let's decide to strive for a world where every woman can take control of their own body and fertility, experience a safe pregnancy and childbirth, and bring into this world a child who wanted, loved and treated equally.

25,000+ Moms-to-Be and One Woman On a Mission

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 07.08.2014 | Small Business
Cari E. Guittard

In honor of Mother's Day, I thought it would be fitting to interview Sarah for this series to learn more about her experiences guiding 25,000+ moms-to-be on their journey to becoming mothers.

Meet the SeizureGirls

Anne Addison | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Anne Addison

I am ashamed to admit that I struggle to remember everyone's names, to separate the stories, but I feel the weight of their belief in the Unexpected Project, to share their stories and to make a difference for their surviving daughters, sisters, nieces and granddaughters.

Brazil Isn't The Only Country With A Startlingly High C-Section Rate

Posted 04.25.2014 | Parents

Often, cesarean sections are unquestionably life-saving for mothers and their babies. In other instances, however, they're performed unnecessarily on ...

The Most and Least Fertile States in the U.S.

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Which states are the most fertile -- and how might the expense of having children and changes in health policy affect women's decision to have children?