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How A Phone App Is Changing Childbirth In Africa

Anna Frellsen | Posted 11.30.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.23.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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...

The Family Talisman

Joelle Wisler | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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.