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

Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 04.16.2014 | 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?

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.

When Is It Right to Live-Tweet Giving Birth? #Inlabor

Derek Handley | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Derek Handley

Situations like this prompt us to question our attention, and to remind ourselves how vital it is to live and be fully conscious. Aware. In the present.

8 Things Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton Should Know About Paternity Leave

Kim Simon | Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Would you expect baseball players to play well without a coach? Without fans? Then why would you ask Mrs. Murphy to play the biggest game of her career by herself?

Listening Will Change Worlds: How to Birth Healthier Families

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW Listening will change worlds. Is this just the promise of an idealistic social worker? In some ways I fit that stereotype...

4 Questions You Need To Ask Before Choosing A Hospital For Childbirth

Napala Pratini | Posted 03.27.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Doing your research up front is an important part of making the right decision for you and your family.

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.

Resource Mothers: Women Healing Women

Nancy Jallo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Nancy Jallo

Inequality in healthcare delivery for mothers and their children is an issue that continues to plague developing regions leading to the deaths of more than 1,000 women every day.

For International Women's Day, Let's Make Childbirth Safe Everywhere

Vanessa Kerry | Posted 03.12.2014 | Women
Vanessa Kerry

What Maureen did recognize, though, was that the pregnant woman on the operating table lay dying and there were few options to save her.

A Sexual Assault Survivor's Reflections on Birth

Sarah Beaulieu | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah Beaulieu

Before I got pregnant, it never occurred to me that labor and childbirth could re-trigger sexual trauma for me in such significant ways.

5 Surprising Things That Suck About Being Pregnant

Maria Ross | Posted 02.21.2014 | Parents
Maria Ross

We entered into this eyes wide open and knew it wouldn't be a barrel at laughs at every turn. But there are aspects that not just caught us off guard, but really tick us off.

WATCH: I Had Twins At 57

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.13.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In 2004, Aleta St. James became the oldest American woman to give birth to twins at the time. During a segment about single parenthood on HuffPost Liv...

I Was Raised By My Teenage Son

Cate Pane | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

Honestly, the day we brought our newborn across the threshold of our home, the angst began. I feared that I wouldn't be able to be the mother he deserved. I'm not just talking about the typical trepidation of a new mom. I'm talking terror. I knew nothing about being a mother.

Why This High-Risk Mom Is Choosing A Home Birth

Amy West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Amy West

Like all moms-to-be, a living, breathing, healthy baby is the end goal here. Perhaps not like all moms-to-be, I believe we can get that done in an inflatable tub in my bedroom.

True Story: I Had a Miscarriage in Public

Timoria McQueen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

I was only about five or six weeks pregnant, but the loss was still devastating to me. I wondered who was this person that I had just lost. Was it a girl or a boy? Was this miscarriage my fault? What did I do wrong?

The Big Lie About Pregnancy

www.cnn.com | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents

(CNN) -- Blame it on the baby bump and our pop cultural infatuation with celebrity, but today, regular women have yet another reason to feel inadequat...

Confessions of a Formula Feeder

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

I personally don't like watching anyone breastfeed. It makes me uncomfortable -- not because I don't think it should be done in public, but because I remember how hard I tried to breastfeed and never could.

Trans-Uterus

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Complicating the simple is a human talent. You might think that the human endeavor should be fraught with efforts to simplify the complicated, and indeed, it is. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the efforts to simplify the complicated, actually serve to complicate the simple.

A Dad's 7 Greatest Delivery Room Moments

Babble.com | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Babble.com

No matter what we accomplish or conquer in this crazy life, there isn't even one single experience that a human being can go through that is as overwhelming and as powerful as being right there when your son or daughter comes into this world.

5 Questions This Pregnant Woman Is Really Tired Of Hearing

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Stephanie R. Caudle

No one -- and I mean no one -- prepared me for the endless inappropriate and downright rude questions I would receive along the way. If you're a mom or expectant mom, I'm sure you can totally relate. If you have never had a baby before, here is your warning.

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.

A Day To Remember Pain And Celebrate The Miracle Of Love

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

December has always been a miraculous time. It marks the season in my life when I labored with both my children on the same date, in different years: December 14. But I cannot help but think of a community not so very far from my own. December 14 marks a very different day for them.

Natural Childbirth: Not for the Faint of Heart

Kate Ryan Williams | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Kate Ryan Williams

The only thing that brought me comfort was this thought: "I never have to do this again." I chanted this mantra to my husband. Announced it to the nurses who breezed in and out. And whispered it to the doctor. "I never have to do this again."

What to Expect When She's Expectorating: A Guide to Childbirth for Men

Floyd Elliot | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

It's her day. Sure, they say that about a woman's wedding day, her quinceaƱera, hell maybe her last teeth-cleaning, but the difference, and an important one, is this: on none of those occasions did she find herself occupied with pushing a human the size of a young pumpkin out of her body via an egress the size of an kumquat.