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Childbirth Complications

The Important Role Fathers Play In The Delivery Room

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents

Pop culture is notorious for mocking the stereotypical ways men react to seeing women give birth, but in everyday life, those moments are often far mo...

My Wife Almost Died. Twice.

Scott Valins | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Scott Valins

We slowly developed an ability to vocalize, to be open and to share the pain. As much as family and friends were there for us, the only person who would understand the day-to-day void left at home was my daughter.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

The Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard Of

Catherine Murphy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Until I met Mariama, ten years after her agonizing delivery, I had never heard of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). That's because in the United States, stories like hers haven't been told in more than 100 years. Today, VVF keeps company with obsoletes like smallpox and polio in the shadows of Western medicine, where its symptoms are referenced in the past tense. But in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, more than 2 million women still suffer from the condition.

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.

Let Us End Fistula in Our Lifetime

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Imagine living with a condition which forced you to change your wet, soiled clothes every few hours or which led to your family abandoning you or being shunned by your community. This is the reality of life for over two million women and girls suffering from obstetric fistula.

Fistula's Youngest Victims

Kate Gilmore | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Gilmore

We might say that to be injured by pregnancy or through birthing at age 25 is extremely sad; that at the age of 30, it is deeply traumatic, or maybe, that at the age of 40, it is devastating. But what words should we apply when pregnancy injures -- for life -- a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old?

Obstetric Fistula: No Longer A Neglected Tragedy

Kate Grant | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

Until a decade ago, fistula was literally not on the global health agenda, even though it is arguably the most devastating and disabling of all childbirth injuries. The simple reason: women who suffer from fistula live almost exclusively in rural areas of very resource constrained countries, and are therefore some of the least empowered human beings on the planet.

A Kickstarter For Life-Saving Surgeries

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

Last year, I went to Sierra Leone on a trip with the State Department and stumbled into a problem that eats away at all the happiness of the last few weeks. I learned that in Sierra Leone, one in eight women die in childbirth.

The Unfairness Of Having A Child In Africa

Kim Siegal | Posted 10.16.2012 | Impact
Kim Siegal

We are privileged. All of us reading and writing blogs. Specifically, I'm thinking of us so-called mommy bloggers. Of course we know this, but we rarely pause to consider it. It's easier that way.

U.K. Mother's Day -- A Cause for Celebration, But Not for All

Nancy Durrell McKenna | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Nancy Durrell McKenna

Each year, 358,000 women worldwide die from complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth, there are four million neonatal deaths and three million stillbirths.

What They Didn't Tell Me in Lamaze Class

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 10.24.2011 | Parents
Lindsay Pyfer

When my electric fetal monitor test didn't come out as it should, my husband and I were terrified.