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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.

A Kickstarter For Life-Saving Surgeries

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

Last year, I went to Sierra Leone on a trip with the State Department and stumbled into a problem that eats away at all the happiness of the last few weeks. I learned that in Sierra Leone, one in eight women die in childbirth.

10 Years Ago: A Lifetime and an Instant

Lindsey Mead | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

My daughter turns 10 this week. I'm swimming in a sea of memories of this week ten whole years ago, a week that commenced a season that changed everything for me.

Papa Glow: 7 Tips For Bonding With Baby & Paternal Satisfaction

Latham Thomas | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Latham Thomas

Whether you are a new papa or a veteran in the baby game, it's always good to learn some new tips to sharpen your skills, build your confidence, and boost your bond with your baby.

WATCH: Homeless Man Saves Newborn Baby's Life At Oklahoma Truck Stop

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.17.2012 | Good News

Keaton Mason was giving birth in an unlikely situation: the passenger seat of a white Honda, in a truck stop just off I-40 in Oklahoma City. Mason ...

Let's Celebrate International Day of the Girl

Cecilia Attias | Posted 12.11.2012 | Women
Cecilia Attias

While we celebrate International Day of the Girl, let's take action to make sure everyone -- governments, businesses, parents and teachers -- is aware of and ready to nurture the formidable talents and capacities and potential of girls.

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.