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Childbirth

What Not to Say to a New Mother

Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE | Posted 12.03.2012 | Parents
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE

It should be a priority for all who work with pregnant folks and new parents to try to get their tone right as often as possible. To slow down, remember that that new dad holding his baby is far more likely to be riddled with insecurity and self-doubt than he is to actually drop the baby.

How HypnoBirthing Supported the Labor I Hoped for

Pooja R. Mottl | Posted 12.01.2012 | Parents
Pooja R. Mottl

Looking back, I'm glad I didn't write it off despite its rather bizarre-sounding name.

Giving Birth With A Borrowed Womb Is Not What Makes You A Mother

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

There are countless ways to have a baby, and all of them are essentially irrelevant to actually becoming a parent.

The Birth Story I Never Wanted To Tell

Christina Loccke | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Christina Loccke

My husband jokingly applies the baseball term "hitting for the cycle" to the way I delivered our three children: from scheduled surgery to drugged and finally undrugged natural. It wasn't some sport, though I was fanatical.

Placenta: To Eat or Not to Eat?

Mark B. Kristal | Posted 11.17.2012 | Science
Mark B. Kristal

Women, reporting encouragement by doulas and midwives and aided by unverified web information, are deciding to ingest placenta at delivery.

How to Choose a Birthing Class

Brandy Ferner | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

Just like the millions of parenting choices just around the bend, you can't know beforehand if you're making the right choice. So, what's a parent to do? Open up, get educated, get in tune with yourself and lovingly move forward, knowing you are doing the best you can.

Global Motherhood: The Stories We Share

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 10.27.2012 | Impact
Erin Michelle Threlfall

As the birth date grew near, because I had taken all the precautions and checked all the "should-do boxes," it never occured to me that I could have anything other than a "perfect birth story." I was naive. Or maybe optmistic. Positive to a fault.

Ann Romney's Heartbreaking Loss

Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

Ann Romney, who has spoken candidly about her battle with multiple sclerosis and surviving breast cancer, suffered a previously-undisclosed miscarriag...

Catherine Pearson

'A Little Snip:' How Episiotomy-Happy Doctors Add To Childbirth Trauma

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Parents

Rebecca Woolf did not want to get cut. In 2005, Woolf was in labor with her first baby, a boy, at a large Los Angeles hospital. She had pushed for ...

One Long Week and the Birthing of Our Baby

Justin Cox | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents
Justin Cox

The birth she imagined for herself had evaporated into a cloud of tubes and wires -- and now scalpels and anesthesia. As I sat and waited in that hallway, my love for her and our baby really was all-consuming.

The Unfairness Of Having A Child In Africa

Kim Siegal | Posted 10.16.2012 | Impact
Kim Siegal

We are privileged. All of us reading and writing blogs. Specifically, I'm thinking of us so-called mommy bloggers. Of course we know this, but we rarely pause to consider it. It's easier that way.

The One Thing You Need to Know About Parenthood

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 10.14.2012 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

She asks me one question as she traces small circles around her bulging belly button, just one part of her anatomy that will never be the same.

Catherine Pearson

How Natural Birth May Boost Baby's Brain Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents

Experts generally agree that most healthy, risk-free women should deliver their babies vaginally rather than by cesarean section, as it has benefits f...

Dying to Give Life: The Paradox of Childbirth in the Motherland

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

A little over 100 years ago, childbirth was one of the leading causes of death for women in the United States. Since then, we have drastically reduced the numbers of maternal mortality.

Childbirth In Guinea-Bissau: What Mothers Go Through In One Of The Deadliest Places To Give Birth

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents

GABU, Guinea-Bissau -- Fatumata Djau gave birth to her fourth daughter alone, at home, in the dark. She arrived at the hospital at 3 a.m. with the new...

You Want to Photograph WHAT?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 08.18.2012 | Parents
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

When I was first interviewed about birth photography, my gut reaction was, "what kind of weirdo wants their portrait taken at this most intimate moment?" Then I realized I did something a zillion times weirder.

Agnes Gereb and the Case for Human Rights in Childbirth

Toni Harman | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Toni Harman

Earlier this month we filmed an interview with Dr Agnes Gereb, the Hungarian obstetrician and midwife who was imprisoned and is currently under house arrest for supporting women giving birth at home. The filming was for our ONE WORLD BIRTH new documentary film which will be released this summer.

Maternal Mortality Declines, But Every Mother Still Counts

Erin Thornton | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Erin Thornton

New data reveals that the number of women dying due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth continues to decrease, but there remains a huge inequity in maternal health that leaves the poorest countries most burdened.

'Obese and Expecting': Doctors Perform C-Section On Morbidly Obese Woman

Posted 05.18.2012 | TV

On the hour-long TLC special, "Obese and Expecting" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on TLC) Thursday night, viewers saw close-up how difficult giving birth can be fo...

Making Mother's Day Every Day

Donna E. Shalala | Posted 07.13.2012 | Impact
Donna E. Shalala

As we honor our mothers today, we must make sure that mothers around the world aren't forgotten.

St. Damien's: A Mother's Story

Adriana Lima | Posted 05.12.2012 | Impact
Adriana Lima

After meeting the Haitian leadership at St. Damien's and St. Luke's Hospitals, I can tell you first hand that there is a great deal to be hopeful about in Haiti.

This Sunday, a Gift to Mothers Around the World

Maureen Greenwood-Basken | Posted 07.12.2012 | Impact
Maureen Greenwood-Basken

It is no coincidence that the countries with the highest rates of child mortality, mostly in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, or sub-Saharan Africa, also have some of the lowest rates of contraceptive prevalence.

Enabling Anyone, Anywhere to Help Mothers Globally With Samahope

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 07.12.2012 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

This Mother's Day, we are offering cards on our site to fund surgeries for women in need. In honor of mothers all over the world who work hard to take care of their families each day, Samahope enables anyone to give the gift of saving a woman's life.

A Mother's Scorecard

Sherri Edwards | Posted 07.10.2012 | Parents
Sherri Edwards

Year 7: Nothing will be more endearing than coming home to find your husband with his hair in barrettes having a tea party with your daughters.

Healthy Women And Healthy Kids

Carla Koppell | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Carla Koppell

As I travel the world, I am struck by the shared values and desires of people globally. We all want a better life for the next generation. We all want kids who are healthy, educated and presented with the chance for a better life.