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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.

Beyonce Opens Up About Her Marriage

Posted 01.23.2013 | Weddings

Beyonce is usually quiet about her marriage to Jay-Z, but she recently opened up to GQ about how she and her rapper husband keep their relationship st...

What Makes A Miracle?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 03.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

All of the elements in pregnancy, the whole process, truly seems "miraculous," and yet it happens thousands of times each and every day. So if it is so common, how could it be "miraculous"?

A Non-Traditional Birth Plan

Kim Simon | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

It's easy to be calm when you're pregnant with Baby #1. You don't know what you don't know, and all. But we all know how well that turned out.

I Am a Hip-Hop Artist Dad

Sapient | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Sapient

I am Sapient, I am a hip-hop artist, and I am also an advocate for natural childbirth, breastfeeding and attachment parenting. And yeah, breastfeeding isn't exactly hip-hop.

Visitors After The Baby? 10 Rules For New Parents

Amy Morrison | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Amy Morrison

The best thing you can do with visitors, a new baby, and I suppose life in general, is just roll with it.

Resisting This Could Cut Your Cancer Risk In Half, Study Says

Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices

Those bright eyes and chubby cheeks may be hard to resist, but researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have good reason...

On The Fear Of Pain: 'Pain Is Inevitable, But Suffering Is Optional'

Tara Brach | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

When painful sensations arise and we can simply meet them with clarity and presence, we can see that pain is just pain. We can listen to pain's message and respond appropriately -- taking good care.

The Surprising Thing That Got Me Over My Fear

Suzanne Clores | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

Not everyone needs to wrap themselves in ropes or balance on a trapeze bar in order to see this world. But sometimes that's what it takes.