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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 quinceañera, 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.

A Miracle On The 405 Freeway!

Posted 10.15.2013 | Los Angeles

Congratulations are in order for a Los Angeles couple who didn't let a little thing like the 405 freeway stop them from welcoming their baby girl into...

A Look Back (and Ahead) As Identical Triplets Turn 5

Kerry Lyons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I remember October 10, 2008, as if it were yesterday. I remember waking up to go to the hospital -- late, because I was up all night. I remember calling the doctor, apologizing. Joking that after months and months of waiting, we were going to miss the scheduled birth of our identical triplets.

Study Debunks Myth About Childbirth And Sexual Disfunction

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents

Sexual dysfunction is not a long-term result of childbirth, a University of California, San Francisco study reports. The study, published in the jo...

10 Things Never to Say While Your Wife Is in Labor

Mimi Minsky | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents
Mimi Minsky

During this so-called labor process, it's important for women to have a strong support system to help calm their nerves, reassure them and allow them to leave claw-like marks on their partner's arms.

On the Birth of Her Baby: "I Felt Rushed and Pressured Even Though There Was No Emergency"

Rich Polt | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Rich Polt

In the final days of Cristen Pascucci's pregnancy, something happened that radically changed her view of how pregnant and birthing women are treated in the U.S.

Mom's Amazingly Fast Delivery Captured On Video

Posted 08.16.2013 | Miami

A South Florida mother was lucky to make it to the hospital in time to deliver her baby; she just didn't make it past the receptionist desk. Survei...

A Midwife's Road to the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Is Paved One Signature at a Time

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Akoshia Yoba

As a young girl growing up in Uganda, Esther Madudu knew she would dedicate her life to bringing babies into the world. Little did she realize, how...

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.

Every Woman Deserves Obstetric Care Fit for a Queen

Edna Adan Ismail | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Edna Adan Ismail

Giving birth is a difficult business for all women -- that's why it's called labor. But for tens of millions of women around the world, too often bringing new life into the world means risking their own.

The World Needs More Midwives

Esther Madudu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Esther Madudu

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies. An estimated that 350,000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths -- but training is prohibitively expensive for most women in the developing world.

An Open Letter To A New Mom

Amanda King | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

If you broke, who would stay up at night, terrified of the shadows? Who would hold your tiny miracle just right, who would love him and smell the top of his head? Who would stare at him, marveling while he slept in their arms?

The Secret Reason I Didn't Have an Epidural

Maia James | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Maia James

I am a delicate flower, otherwise known as a massive wimp with no tolerance for pain. But there was some part of me -- the same part that stops shaving my legs in the winter -- that really loved the idea of a natural birth.

This Country Is The Biggest Maternal Health 'Success Story'

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact

In the slanted golden light of late afternoon, Lalu Nepali beat rice with a long wooden mallet. The wood extended a foot above her head, and she dropp...

Don't Be Fruitful and Multiply

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The traditional religious emphasis on copious reproduction and common teachings against the use of contraception are having a direct impact on population growth, especially in countries that can't afford it.

Maternal Health in India: Where We Are Today

Aparajita Gogoi | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Aparajita Gogoi

We believe that every woman counts and where every woman despite her class, caste has the right to have a safe childbirth. Maternal health is a sound investment strategy and we believe that it is important to speak collectively, act quickly and bring about long-lasting change.

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.