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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.

Fistula's Youngest Victims

Kate Gilmore | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Gilmore

We might say that to be injured by pregnancy or through birthing at age 25 is extremely sad; that at the age of 30, it is deeply traumatic, or maybe, that at the age of 40, it is devastating. But what words should we apply when pregnancy injures -- for life -- a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old?

Portrait of a Not-So-Perfect Pregnancy: Part Two

Natalie Thomas | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

After ten months, three days and an extremely difficult labor and aftermath, my little girl arrived, making each obstacle and every pain worth it. For her, I'd do it all again. In a heartbeat.

Obstetric Fistula: No Longer A Neglected Tragedy

Kate Grant | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

Until a decade ago, fistula was literally not on the global health agenda, even though it is arguably the most devastating and disabling of all childbirth injuries. The simple reason: women who suffer from fistula live almost exclusively in rural areas of very resource constrained countries, and are therefore some of the least empowered human beings on the planet.

Help More Babies Survive The First Day

Janice Frey-Angel | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Janice Frey-Angel

Even more shocking is that more babies die within the first day of life in the United States than any other country in the world. This is not only the highest rate of any industrialized country, it is also 50 percent greater than all other industrialized countries combined. In our own backyard, mothers are experiencing unhealthy pregnancies and deliveries, and babies are dying.

A Fistula-Free Generation Is Achievable in Our Lifetime

Pamela Barnes | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

May is the month when we celebrate our mothers. For Fatoumata, a mother in Guinea, she is celebrating a brand new life. Recently, she was lifted from ...

Making Healthy Pregnancies a Priority in Ghana

Asare Regina | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Asare Regina

This month, as many of my colleagues around the world celebrate motherhood, I work towards a future where all the mothers in my community have access to safe and healthy pregnancies -- a future free of the cries that once filled the homes of my neighbors.

Will I Love My Second Son As Much As I Love My First?

Kim Simon | Posted 07.05.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

The mothers who have walked this road before me tell me that new babies find more curves of your body to snuggle into, everyone fitting perfectly, nestled together like a set of measuring spoons that were always meant to accompany each other. I suppose that it must be true. But what if it isn't?

The Truth About Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

"We want pregnant and breastfeeding women to have good information and to know that they are not alone and they don't have to sacrifice their wellbeing for their baby's health. We want to help them make good decisions with their health care providers."

WATCH: Ow, My Balls!

Posted 06.29.2013 | Comedy

Finally, someone has made a video conclusively figuring out which hurts more: The experience of childbirth, or getting hit in the balls. The folks at ...

What You Need to Know About Early Elective Deliveries

Leah Binder | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Leah Binder

The prevalence of early elective deliveries perfectly embodies the five biggest problems in our health system today.

Maternal Death: Making It a Thing of the Past

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgPlease join us in making needless maternal deaths a thing of the past -- for girls and women everywhere.

The Happiest Day of My Life: Tragedy and Triumph

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Good News
Jennifer Boykin

I want to say to those who suffer today is this: Please leave space for grace. Please leave a placeholder for hope, because, if you do, hope will find you again.

Fathers Need To Step Up

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

As I watched my sons being born, I knew our generation must be a generation to take on the responsibility of fatherhood. We need to care about women giving birth to the next generation. We need to be involved with our children from the moment they take their first breath.

Being a C-Section Mama In the Birth Goddess Club

Amanda King | Posted 06.13.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

I hated everything about how my birth experiences unfolded, hated every bottle, every moment of guilt and panic and all the ways I was lacking. But here we are, six years later, my girls and me.

Why This Mom Became an Activist

Dawn Slegona McDonald | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Dawn Slegona McDonald

In the months since the Sandy Hook massacre, a new and unwelcome kind of moment has entered my life. A moment when the absolute joy I feel watching my son giggle or sing or run happily across the playground abruptly shifts to a deep sorrow and an aching fear.

Where I Finally Realized Modesty Is Not An Option As A Mom

Valerie Weiss | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Valerie Weiss

Yesterday, as I was having my first-ever body scrub at a Korean Spa -- a service that is described as "not for any woman who is shy about her body" -- it struck me how having kids has expunged every bit of modesty impressed upon me by my upbringing.

HIV Messenger Baby

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

Health reform may be a political football for politicians, but for those whose start in life will be rough enough, it is not a game, and the next baby may not be so lucky.

The Truth About Push Presents

Ira Weissman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Ira Weissman

While it's not exactly a new concept that husbands buy their wives postnatal gifts, it is becoming more and more expected that husbands buy their wives expensive jewelry.

Did You Hear the One About the Birth, the Pig and the Logger?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 04.28.2013 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Poor Nathanael Johnson. He made a huge error in his new book. Didn't anyone tell him that the way to sell books these days is to skim over the research, tap into the juicy bits that match your preconceived notions and then offer the reader an easy yet extreme solution?

Here's One Way to Make Childbirth Safer

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I am glad that Johnson renewed the much-needed attention to the dangers of childbirth. But I hope that his piece does not reignite the overly-simplistic midwife vs. doctor debate. What we need is a healthy dialogue between these two groups of experts.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin's Legacy Among Doulas in L.A.

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents
Antonia Blumberg

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives recounts the history of the natural birth movement in the United States. It is the story of a revolution, initiated in the least likely place imaginable.