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Christmas Is Not Always a Time of Joy for New Parents

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

This staggering death toll of mothers and babies -- at least two-thirds of whom could be saved with adequate care -- represents one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century.

'Twas The Night Before Labor

Ali Fallis | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Ali Fallis

When down in the kitchen there arose such a clatter, I waddled downstairs to see what was the matter. (And to pee.)

All Nurses Share the Same Struggles

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To any patient out there, know that your nurse gives each and every one of you everything they have. We don't care where you're from or how educated you are. Our only goal is to take care of you and your baby to the best of our abilities.

10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

No one should co-opt your C-section story for their birth agenda. Just like shaming women about how they breastfeed or formula-feed is anti-feminist, so is shaming them and questioning them about how they birth.

Don't Put the Baby's Blanket in the Microwave!

Janelle Brandon | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Janelle Brandon

I have one piece of advice for new mothers: Don't put the baby's blanket in the microwave. This is a public service announcement. It happened to me and it can happen to you.

Postpartum Pleas: Calling for Help

MotherWoman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

I found the Parental Stress Hotline number and finally had someone to talk to at 4:00 a.m. about noisy birds. I eventually found numbers for the Hadley-based group MotherWoman and MOMS Club in East Longmeadow, not to mention the number of a psychiatrist who prescribed me wonderful, wonderful drugs. The more I talked, the better I became.

When This Tenacious Learner Became a Mom

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

I thought I'd be leading a company, but here I am leading with my belly. At home. With two kids. My mom -- the epitome of tenacious -- often says, "Go with what you're given."

The Miracle of Labor and Delivery

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

To every nurse out there that dedicates their hard work to their patients and profession, THANK YOU. When you're exhausted, and you don't know how much longer you can do the work you do, remember that beauty is all around us

China Hospital Gives Men Chance To Experience Pain Of Childbirth

Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents

BY NATALIE THOMAS JINAN China Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:58am EST (Reuters) - A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experi...

5 Notable Women On The True Importance Of Feminism

Jill Di Donato | Posted 11.21.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Feminism has become the word du jour. But what's its message? Its goals? Why is it so divisive?

MotherWoman Is Empowering Health Care Providers to Help Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

Women have been suffering alone. For mothers, there is so much shame and stigma attached to a prenatal or postpartum struggle. It's the big secret -- the elephant in the room.

After Facebook Removes Birth Image, Upset Mom Compares It To Kim Kardashian's Nude Photo

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents

After U.K. mom Milli Hill posted a photo of a mother giving birth on Facebook, she was dismayed to learn that the social media site removed it, citing...

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.

My Truth About Postpartum Depression

MotherWoman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Stephanie Cannoe Looking back, I now see the debilitating depression I endured during my second pregnancy and after my son was born. For five mont...

Why I'd Rather Give Birth Via C-Section

Kristen Mae | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Having a C-section does not make you a failure. Wanting a C-section does not make you a failure. I think most of us C-section ladies are hesitant to admit it -- because of the stigma -- but I bet there are tons of us who preferred our C-sections over traditional vaginal birth.

Photographer Explores The Stunning World Of Childbirth In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts

According to the World Health Organization, a woman's lifetime risk of maternal death -- that is, the likelihood a woman would eventually die of a mat...

When Nurses See More Than Birth and Babies

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Perinatal nursing is sweet and magical and everything you think it would be. But everyone only thinks of the birth and the babies. No one ever thinks or talks about the pain of pregnancy, the heartbreak of infertility or the difficulty of death.

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

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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.