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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.

Sacrifices of Motherhood

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christy Turlington Burns

Most mothers in this country and in the West accept sacrifices willfully because the joy and beauty of motherhood overwhelms them. In much of the rest of the world, however, the sacrifice of motherhood means something very different.

Laura Stampler

Campaign Raises Awareness About Dangers Of Electively Induced Labor

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Stampler | Posted 07.06.2011 | Home

With back pain, insomnia and fingers so swollen they can barely hold a fork for the rare meal that doesn’t result in massive heartburn, in the final...

Meet The 'World's Most Premature' Baby

Posted 06.25.2011 | World

A child being touted by international media as "the world's most premature baby" is preparing to leave the hospital after spending Easter at home foll...

A-List Moms Team with Starbucks to Ensure "Every Mother Counts"

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 06.12.2011 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Christy Turlington hopes the "Every Mother Counts" CD -- and her advocacy initiative of the same name -- will bring attention to maternal health issues in the weeks leading up to Mother's Day.

15 Female Fetuses Found In Indian Garbage Dump

Yahoo! News | Imran Khan | Posted 06.04.2011 | World

PATNA (AFP) -- Fifteen female foetuses have been found in jars left on a rubbish dump, Indian police said Monday, days after census data showed the ra...

'Cyclops' Baby With 1 Eye and No Nose Born in India

aolnews.com | Marc Hartzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A baby boy with one eye in the center of his forehead and no nose was born in India last week. He survived only one day. Doctors were shocked when ...

In Solidarity To End Maternal Mortality Around The World

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Whereas in the U.S. motherhood is for most women a joyous celebration, in many developing countries it is often said that to be pregnant is to put one foot in the grave.