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12 Things I Loved About My C-Section

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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.

My Privates Have a Personal Trainer: Stories From Pelvic Floor Rehab (Part One)

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

I laugh a little, because I always laugh when someone talks about farting or peeing and she just mentioned both. And also because Ally, the physical therapist who I just met, is staring at my lady parts. I tense my pelvic floor muscles while she watches. I feel like I am winking at a stranger. With my vagina.

My Not So Scary C-Section

Cara Paiuk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Sometimes they are medically necessary. Mine was and yours may be too. My baby and I survived just fine. The recovery was manageable. If you need to have one, it will not be the end of the world.

Four Words That Will Get Me Through Childbirth

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

I really want to focus on the baby. But birth is so damn distracting. It's just looming there, at the end of pregnancy, like this massive Mount Doom with Sauron's fiery eye flicking vigilantly back and forth above. I am definitely Frodo in my birth story, with the wide, terrified eyes.

LISTEN: 911 Call Caputres Baby's Birth In Walmart Parking Lot

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents

The stork seems to have a thing for Walmart. Oklahoma couple Brandi and Jeff Ross welcomed the newest member of their family on Thursday, while pa...

Respectful Care With a Sense of Momentum

Brigid McConville | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Brigid McConville

It remains a scandal that childbirth is the leading cause of death for young women in many countries -- and that is fortunately a far cry from birth in the UK. But the concept of dignity, our universal rights to respect and care during childbirth, connect all mothers and midwives, wherever we live.

You Can't Always Get What You Want -- But If You Try Sometimes Well You Just Might Find, You Get a C-Section

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Ten days ago, our SON kicked his way into this world and showed me that loving two children was not a challenge, but a gift.

Your Time of the Month: A Cause for Celebration

Naama Bloom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Naama Bloom

As pre-pubescents, we wait for this mysterious visitor. In our twenties, we pray we get it each month because we want confirmation that we're not pregnant. Then we hit our 30s, and many of us are trying to get pregnant. It's no wonder we have a love/hate relationship with our periods.