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In Praise of Midwives: Having a Baby Is Not an Illness

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Cronk

To the thousands of midwives who hold hands, comfort hearts, wipe tears, share smiles, and grow families, you have my undying respect and appreciation forever.

I Don't Care How My Baby Is Born

Cara McDonough | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cara McDonough

Like every parent on the planet, all I want is a healthy child (boring), and what I find strange about this experience is that I'm allowed -- and expected -- to make a decision regarding this desired outcome.

Kenyan Mother Has SIX Sets Of Twins

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Even the best mothers admit to struggling with their children every now and then, but Gladys Bulinya could likely put many of them to shame with her s...

Deployed Soldier Watches Child's Birth On Skype

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A New York hospital recently experienced it's first online birth. The birth of baby Jackson Matthew was streamed live via Skype, so that his solider d...

HIV-Positive Chilean Mothers Claim To Be Forcibly Sterilized, Abused In Hospitals (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As nations around the world commemorate World AIDS Day, a group of HIV-positive women in Chile has come forward with more sobering news, claiming they...

PersonhoodUSA: Promoting a Radical, Fetal-Separatist Agenda

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Lynn M. Paltrow

Next week, people in Colorado will be voting on Amendment 62, a ballot measure sponsored by PersonhoodUSA. This organization seeks to establish the "p...

Do Orgasmic Births Really Happen?

Juliet Linley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Juliet Linley

The more disconnected we are from our bodies, our sexuality and our sensuality, the more perverse we might label the whole idea of pleasure in birth.

A Matter of Life and Death: The Preventable Crisis of Maternal Mortality

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Too many people of faith are unaware of the tragic and unending scale of maternal mortality. To bring attention to this global tragedy, we are calling on religious leaders to become involved.

Giving Every Daughter a Mother

Elizabeth Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elizabeth Adler

Maternal mortality is a tragedy of global inequity. But if we commit ourselves to changing the health care delivery systems that fail poor, rural women, we can eliminate this tragedy.

The Right of Every Woman to Survive Childbirth

Deepa Jha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepa Jha

Many women do not have knowledge about their health entitlements and die due to the almost always treatable complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

Philosophy in Motherhood

Amy Bernays | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Amy Bernays

I have not written for weeks because I have been having a baby. It was not the easiest of births; passion and fear rather than a Disney arrival.

Why Home Births Are Worth Considering

Melissa Cheyney | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Melissa Cheyney

If doctors and midwives could be willing to learn from and respect one another, women and babies in our country would benefit.

Good For You, Bristol Palin!

April Daniels Hussar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
April Daniels Hussar

Bristol is not a poverty-stricken single mother. She is a young woman who became a mom by accident and is now embracing her full life.

WIE Need You

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

The WIE Symposium is a collection of women coming together to share our ideas, our experiences -- and above all our passionate determination to play a part in making life better for other women around the world.

Discovery Health: Unbelievable Tales from the Delivery Room

Discovery Health | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Discovery Health's hit docu-series, Deliver Me, follows the careers and personal lives of Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill and Alane Park -- best friend...

My Experience With a Doula During Childbirth

Dana H. Glazer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana H. Glazer

Consider the percentage of caesarian births in this country and how those statistics might change with an experienced doula by your side, giving you and your partner the support you deserve.

Is Having a Baby Bad for Your Health?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Most American women might presume that the dangers of maternal mortality are a concern and problem only in developing nations. They're wrong.

5 Ways to Stay Positive During a Move

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

Although I hate moving, there are a lot of positives that emerge during the process, and they aren't just the simple pleasures of de-cluttering.

Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan: A Way Forward

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

Afghanistan is now ranked second worst in the world when it comes to maternal mortality. But there is hope on the horizon.

Making Every Mother and Child Count: Protecting the Medically Vulnerable

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

Dr. Kunchok's project serves as a model that can be replicated in regions all over the world where there are medically under-served populations, especially in areas where there are high rates of maternal and infant deaths.

Are Today's OBs Giving Women What They Really Want?

Abi Cotler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abi Cotler

Like a midwife, Dr. Biter puts in endless hours to stay very present in a labor, however lengthy, and tailors the care to maximize a woman's innate ability to birth her baby without interventions.

Got Breast Milk? First We Need Equity

Amie Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amie Newman

A study that finds that breastfeeding saves money and lives is not earth-shattering. Society must expand its notion of what women need to feed their babies from birth and beyond.

A Mother, But Not a Parent

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Today is a day etched indelibly in my soul. It is the anniversary of the day I birthed my son. It was also the day he died.

Why I'm Protesting For My Natural-Birth Friendly OB

Abi Cotler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abi Cotler

These women may enter a hospital only to have their powerful inner voice taken away when they are told to question what they know about their own bodies.

Reproductive Fraud? Sham Pregnancy Centers Face Pushback

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

It's increasingly difficult to figure out which of the numerous organizations claiming to offer "reproductive health services" actually provide termination referrals and which are merely sham clinics established by right-wing religious activists.