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Kenya Is Poised to End Maternal Deaths, Led by the First Lady

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

There is great momentum in Kenya to end the terrible tragedy of women, infants and children dying needlessly. The First Lady of Kenya has kicked the ball towards ending maternal deaths and now the Governors must ensure that it is pushed through the goal posts.

The Truth About Childbirth

Mama Bean | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

Mama, you can do this. You can do this in whichever way you need to. You can accept help. You can laugh and you can cry. You simply can.

Beautiful Video Shows What Home Birth Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.17.2014 | Parents

Home births can be filled with love, happiness and lots of excited children. Just ask Susanna and Brian Cox, who welcomed their fifth child, daugh...

Not Just Another Birth Story

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.17.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When my oldest friend, my true witness of 30 years, asked me to be one of her delivery coaches when she delivered her first baby, I cried with tears of honor and joy.

One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

Catherine Pearson

The Optimal Time To Get An Epidural (If You Want One)

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents

For years, OB-GYNs and anesthesiologists have grappled with the right time to give a laboring woman an epidural to help with the pain of childbirth. ...

'I Want To Be a Labor Nurse'

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When people from the outside look at labor and delivery, they see birth and babies and happiness. And that's true... it's like the icing on the cake after a lot of really hard work. But sometimes, the birth isn't what we thought it would be.

How A Phone App Is Changing Childbirth In Africa

Anna Frellsen | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Anna Frellsen

But ensuring a safe delivery is not only a question about seeking care; it is also a question of delivering the right quality of care. All over sub-Saharan Africa, health workers with low levels of education are often appointed alone to health posts in hard-to-reach areas. The consequences for the women giving birth and for their newborns are often fatal.

4 Life Lessons I Learned Through Childbirth

Sara Goldstein | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

My babies are obviously the most beautiful and tangible products of these hours of my life. But the life lessons that came from them are as important to who I am today as my children themselves.

So You Want a Natural Birth

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

The important thing here is to know that you need to collaborate with your provider. You need to know what you want and under what circumstances you can safely achieve those goals.

I Didn't Count Her Toes

Mama Bean | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

I lost more than blood at half past six on that summer's evening. I lost what I assumed was my right to claim those first hours of my daughter's life outside of the womb.

10 Steps To Have Better Post-Pregnancy Sex

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

The key to an erotic endeavor post-pregnancy is taking your time. Some mothers may feel traumatized by the experience of having been, quite literally, split wide open. The prospect of allowing anything -- small or large -- to enter the vaginal area can seem more than daunting.

Labors Lost? Memories of Childbirth

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Nobody questions the physical intensity of labor and childbirth, but how do we know how painful the experience really is? Does recall -- especially months and years later -- accurately reflect the experienced pain?

Dudes Watch Childbirth For The First Time And React Exactly How You'd Expect

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents

Parents everywhere know -- childbirth is messy business. But for some men who aren't parents, this is apparently shocking news. BuzzFeed Yellow sat...

Birth As a Crucible

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

You have conquered your fear and are prepared to have the best birth you can. You are ready to get your birth "right," whatever unpredictable course it takes, because getting your birth right simply means doing all you can to achieve the best birth possible.

7 Reasons Not To Find Out The Sex Of The Baby

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 10.18.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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...