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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....

Childbirth as Protest Art? Done That

Karen Brody | Posted 01.04.2012 | Home
Karen Brody

All this 'birth performance art' is signaling that it is time to wake up and smell what is really going on when it comes to giving birth today.

Excerpt: Finding Fernanda

Erin Siegal McIntyre | Posted 07.05.2012 | Books
Erin Siegal McIntyre

Children have been stolen, sold, and placed as orphans in corrupt international adoptions to well-intentioned Western parents ever since the industry began in the 1980s.

Setting Up Realistic Expectations of Birth -- Changes We Can All Make

Brandy Ferner | Posted 12.24.2011 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

Our culture sends the message that birth is no big thang. It's pretty ordinary, happens everyday, is nothing more than a baby coming out of a hole.

We're Living Longer Than Ever Before -- But Are We Healthier?

The Atlantic | Michael Fenster | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

America is a land of opportunity and of a promise for a better life. Inherent in those possibilities is the idea that a better life is also a healthie...

What They Didn't Tell Me in Lamaze Class

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 10.24.2011 | Parents
Lindsay Pyfer

When my electric fetal monitor test didn't come out as it should, my husband and I were terrified.

Catherine Pearson

Is Pain-Free Birth Achievable?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Parents

On a rainy June night, six couples strained to get a better view of a home video of a woman, legs spread, giving birth. The room was hushed -- the...

Too Panicky to Push

Carol Tobin | Posted 09.14.2011 | Comedy
Carol Tobin

For years I have declared that I never wanted kids. The thoughts of myself having a natural labor manifest itself as my right leg firmly crossing my left leg.

Electively Induced Labor: Remember, For Babies' Sake, Every Week Counts

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

With the breakneck pace so many people live these days, there's a temptation to press for more certainty about exactly when baby arrives. But when it comes to giving birth, it's best in the vast majority of cases to follow a natural course.