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The Journey to Labor Land: How Women Can Reclaim Their Birth Rights

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 06.22.2012 | Parents
Lindsay Pyfer

No wonder so many women these days are leery of natural childbirth -- or even vaginal birth -- not realizing how perfectly their bodies are designed for it. As are babies.

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns in Remote Areas of Nepal

Arlene Samen | Posted 06.20.2012 | Impact
Arlene Samen

There are no functional birthing centers in Dolpa. Most health posts consist of an empty room, while some of them have rudimentary equipment it is often in dismal condition.

7 Things I Can't Wait to Do After Giving Birth

The Stir | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
The Stir

I know it's not going to be all stomach-sleeping, wine-filled nights after my baby's born, but in some ways (I said some!), things will be just a little bit easier. And that'll be nice.

Mom Suffers Heart Attacks, Stroke While Giving Birth

Posted 04.19.2012 | Parents

George Cormack, a 33-year-old British mother suffered four heart attacks and a stroke while giving birth to twins, EADT 24 reports. Now, after months ...

White Ribbon Alliance Video Blog From Closing Ceremony of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Gloria Iribaziga reports from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) where the draft resolution "Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children" has been unanimously passed.

New Campaign Against Controversial Hospital Handout

Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents

Four months ago, the AP could report that "New mothers in Rhode Island will no longer leave the hospital with a free goody bag of infant formula." ...

A Day In The Life Of A Midwife

Robin Lim, CPM | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Robin Lim, CPM

Just before 5 a.m., my hand phone is buzzing madly. I am up instantly, knowing that it must be an emergency: A newborn is having difficulty breathing. I am off and running down my stairs and out into the darkness.

How Not to Drive People Crazy with Your Baby

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.04.2012 | Parents
Toni Nagy

From the moment you find out you are pregnant, your potential to be annoying multiplies into one of those numbers only astrophysicists can understand.

Atlantic Monthly Gets It All Wrong About Home Birth

Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE | Posted 05.19.2012 | Parents
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE

What if the patient had been his hospital birth patient from the start, and had had this exact same labor?

U.K. Mother's Day -- A Cause for Celebration, But Not for All

Nancy Durrell McKenna | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Nancy Durrell McKenna

Each year, 358,000 women worldwide die from complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth, there are four million neonatal deaths and three million stillbirths.

Giving New And Expecting Moms Power In The Palm Of Their Hands

Tina Sharkey | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Tina Sharkey

Moms all over the world need the right information. Last April, we helped launch MAMA, an initiative to deliver critical health information to women in the developing world through text and voice messages on basic mobile phones.

A Rwanda Where No Woman Dies At Birth

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Changing the stakes for Rwanda, to become the safest place for women to give birth in Sub-Saharan Africa, calls for persistent commitment and determination in the maternal and child health cause.

Facing Maternity Care Gaps, Midwives Push For Birthing Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

As with all reproductive justice struggles, from access to birth control to the right to choose, self-determination in childbirth is about putting social trust in the hands of women.

Birthing While Black: An Experience I'll Never Forget

Denene Millner | Posted 03.31.2012 | Black Voices
Denene Millner

There are a ton of things I'll never forget about the first time I gave birth. What I most remember? That the hospital and workers where I had my first daughter sullied what should have been one of the most amazing days of my life.

Pregnant and Displaced: Double the Danger

Sarah Costa | Posted 03.28.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

It's time we all step up our efforts to ensure that women everywhere can decide freely if and when they want to have children, that all mothers can deliver their babies safely and services are available for women who have suffered violence.

Empowering Leaders, Building Communities And Working Toward Global Health Equity

Barbara Bush | Posted 03.26.2012 | Impact
Barbara Bush

While our nation is currently facing a tough economic situation, a small fraction of the federal budget goes to global health programs, and they are having a very real impact on communities and saving lives.

The White Ribbon Alliance: 10 Years In

Theresa Shaver | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Theresa Shaver

Globally, we are seeing a significant decline in maternal death rates -- a one third reduction since 1990. And yet we still have a long way to go. Childbirth remains the biggest killer of young women around the world.

The Million Moms Challenge: Helping Moms Around the World, One Story at a Time

Teri Whitcraft | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Teri Whitcraft

Our goal: to create a vibrant community around the shared dream of a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, and a baby who will survive and thrive -- basic human rights that all too often are simply out of reach for women in the developing world.

The Business of Being Born

Ricki Lake | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Ricki Lake

I produced the 2008 documentary The Business of Being Born to educate women about their choices in childbirth, and raise questions about maternity care in the U.S.

This Mom Didn't Know She Was Pregnant

Posted 01.03.2012 | Parents

In a real-life example of something from the TLC television show "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant," a Kentucky mother unexpectedly gave birth to a full-t...

Mom Used Makeup Mirror To Deliver Her Own Baby

Posted 12.29.2011 | Parents

Midwife Claire Clarke-Wood has delivered plenty of babies throughout the years, but she never expected to deliver her own child using only a makeup mi...

Give The Gift Of Life

Sarah Brown | Posted 02.12.2012 | Impact
Sarah Brown

Worldwide, pregnancy and childbirth remain the biggest killer of women of reproductive age. What's even more scandalous and heartbreaking is that almost all of these deaths can be prevented.

David Lohr

10-Year-Old Mexican Girl Gives Birth After 31-Week Pregnancy

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 12.07.2011 | Crime

A 10-year-old Mexican girl has given premature birth to a baby boy weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds), Mexican media outlets reported. The mother ...

Mother Goes Deaf After Giving Birth

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living

What was supposed to be a joyous day for Heather Simonsen turned terrifying when, according to a report from Utah's KSL, she lost her sense of hearing...

Eleanor Goldberg

Ricki Lake Delivers Maternal Health Awareness

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact

Ricki Lake may be best known for her for twirling to the top on "Dancing With The Stars," or for counseling her daytime guests for more than a decade....