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The Void When You're Done Having Children

Toni Hammer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Toni Hammer

My husband had a vasectomy. Since we never planned on having kids in the first place, and now we had two children born 355 days apart, it seemed appropriate. It was the right thing, and the best thing, to do for us, our family and my uterus. What I hadn't planned for was "the void."

Parenting: The Ultimate Juggling Act

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 10.17.2014 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

One day, I hope to get this delicate balance figured out. How to spread my attention between both kids so that I can applaud the efforts of a home run while simultaneously coaxing the other child away from that over-eager dog at a nearby tree.

The Catholic Church and Contraception: Revolution...or Evolution?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

In all likelihood, the Vatican's position on contraception will evolve slowly, but if the Church suddenly shifts its position on birth control, it will be interesting to see how it would affect the ongoing legal challenges to federally mandated coverage of contraception by employers.

Is It Selfish to Only Have One Child?

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

I'm reluctant to have another baby. I selfishly want to prolong a period of time when I don't have to speak to my son in half-sentences with a quarter of my attention all while trying to race across the living room to keep the baby from killing himself on the edge of the coffee table.

Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis

Robert Walker | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The immediate task before us is the containment of the Ebola outbreak. For the moment, little else matters. But we still must confront the larger challenge. We must make the repair of public health systems in developing countries a global priority.

Why Is Being Childless By Choice Still An Issue?

Dani Alpert | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women
Dani Alpert

Can we all move on from this topic and come together on the issues that truly matter and impact all of our lives; the Middle East conflict, world hunger and George Clooney's wedding? Thank you

The Last One

Carissa K | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

I will parent her with a confidence I didn't have before. With my first child, I was always reaching and desperate to take hold of what was next. With my last child, I cling to time even as I feel it being yanked away from me.

11 Things to Know Before Walking Into a Fertility Center

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you think you might have a problem with infertility, where do you start? It can all be very overwhelming. There is a wealth of information available, but distinguishing fact from positive rhetoric can be confusing.

Contraception: Saving Lives... and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The obvious reason for celebrating modern contraceptives is that they allow us to have children by choice, rather than by chance. They minimize, in other words, the chances of an unintended or unwanted pregnancy.

We Know It Works, So Let's Keep Women's Health Central in Global Development

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Ann M. Starrs

As the governments of the world convene this week to discuss them, they need to look at the evidence. But they also need to listen to the voices of the millions of girls and women around the world for whom access to contraception and safe abortion is integral to their survival, to their health and to their well-being.

History's Worst Contraceptives, Revealed

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.23.2014 | Women

Which sounds like a worse contraceptive: douching with Coca-Cola or drinking beaver testicles mixed with moonshine? "History's Worst Contraceptives...

Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Robert Walker | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Even if population growth had no impact on the level of greenhouse gas emissions, the case for incorporating family planning into climate change discussions would still be compelling. That's because preventing unintended pregnancies helps women and families adapt to climate change.

Where Is the Family Planning?

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

We are making progress to overcome these challenges and expand access to contraception for women everywhere. With increased support, we can reach millions more women to ensure that they are able to make informed and voluntary decisions about their own reproductive health and contraceptive choices.

My Husband Didn't Want Our Baby

Regan Long | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

He turned white, sweaty, started pacing and couldn't find any words, except that he couldn't talk to me about it right then. Both of our heads were spinning.

10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Egg-Freezing

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you are thinking about fertility preservation and whether it is right for you, you are already way ahead of the game. Knowledge is power, and understanding your body and fertility potential is critical in making educated choices for your future.

Contraception: Time for a 'Just Ask' Campaign?

Robert Walker | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

When candidates seek to satisfy their political base without antagonizing the political center, they often engage in a tightrope act, and the latest high wire act is on contraception.

7 Tips for a Happy Home

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

Peace starts from home. There are a few things you can do to improve the happiness level of your house. And while doing these keep in mind that jus...

5 Things Not To Say To Parents Of An Only Child

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Let's visit some of the most frequent comments made to parents of "only children" and then we will have some fun with some responses that are intended to leave everyone feeling intact.

Why I'm Glad My Kid's Not An Only Child

Meredith Hale | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

When I'm faced with parents considering having only one child, I try to say the right things. True things.

15 Things I Would Go Back And Tell Myself About Marriage

John M. Simmons | Posted 10.05.2014 | Weddings
John M. Simmons

Marriage, if it's done right, is for a long time. Make sure you're doing something that will make you happy for a long time.

Staring Down the Barrel of Unsustainability

Robert Walker | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Despite all these warning signs, it is tempting to think of unsustainability as somebody else's problem. Shortages of food and water are local problems... right? Wrong. In a global economy unsustainability, wherever it occurs, is everyone's problem sooner or later.

Hollywood's Dystopian View of Population: Entertaining But Not Realistic

John Seager | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
John Seager

While Hollywood continues to offer up diversions -- something most of us need in one form or another -- in the real world there is a script we can follow to dramatically improve life on our planet.

Watch: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success.

The School Research Cheat Sheet

Barbara Levy | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Barbara Levy

Summer is in full swing, but school is right around the corner. Therefore, my next set of blogs will help parents get ready for the school experience, regardless of what stage you children are in.

Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships

David J. Olson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

t used to be that a donor would sit down with the ministry of health to work out the design and implementation of a new global health initiative, with no significant input or involvement of other stakeholders. Those days, thankfully, are long gone.