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Family Planning

From My First Pregnancy to My Fourth

Regan Long | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

Going from two to three naturally added to the circus. However, in some respects, we had become experts at managing madness.

Dear Kids: Read This in the Event of My Death

Leigh Koechner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Leigh Koechner

I believe that there are no coincidences and that every interaction in our life, in our days, is an important, meaningful one -- and oftentimes a gift.

Why Fathers Must Stay In The Picture For Optimal Child Health

Debrah Lewis | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Debrah Lewis

Many people talk about "deadbeat dads" and "missing fathers." Who are these men and why are they not involved in their children's lives?

Here's One Step To A Happy Marriage

Leigh Koechner | Posted 08.13.2014 | Weddings
Leigh Koechner

I want my home to be the place that is filled with love, support and laughter. So, when the disconnect is weighing heavier than the good stuff, it's time for a regroup, reboot, retreat, or in this case, a couple's workshop.

Sexual Violence, Security and the Role Gender Equality Has to Play in Tackling Rape

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

When the social order breaks down, women and girls often pay a heavy price. Violence and sexual exploitation are just some of the dangers, and they're tragically commonplace in the wake of disaster or conflict.

To The Mom Ashamed Of Being Pregnant With Her Fourth

Sylvia Bass | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sylvia Bass

When did having a large family become equivalent to a tragic event? Why do people think that seeing a mother with lots of children automatically entitle them to make rude comments concerning her family planning?

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Mother (From Someone Who Doesn't Really Know)

Candace Davis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Candace Davis

And so, on my quiet Sunday morning, a few weeks ago, I started questioning whether someone will ever utter the words "Happy Mother's Day" to me... Being the list maker that I am, I opted for some pros and cons.

Healthier Women and Families: New Guidelines Provide a Quality Roadmap

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

We've long known that access to family planning services leads to healthier birth outcomes for women, infants and families. In the era of health refor...

The Best Birth Control, According To Family Planning Doctors

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 05.19.2014 | Women

By: Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 05/16/2014 07:17 PM EDT on LiveScience Female doctors and nurses whose specialty is family planning ...

Scheduling Spaciousness

Bernadette Noll | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

In this fast moving world, here are, in no particular order, seven ways to schedule family spaciousness...

Our Mothers, Mother Nature and the Effects of Climate Disruption

Kim Lovell | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kim Lovell

Mother's Day is also a time to think about the things our mothers need to take care of their families. And it's a time to remember the importance of Mother Nature.

I'm Done With Women's Issues

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

Since when is defending more than half of the world's population from violence, poverty and disease a "soft" issue? Since when is helping women achieve personal bodily autonomy a "nice-to-have?"

The Vatican, Birth Control, and Galileo's Ghost

Robert Walker | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

If the Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, takes the view that we are stewards of God's earth and that we have a responsibility to maintain this planet for future generations, it is not a big leap to conclude that couples should consider having smaller families.

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

If Food Could Fly

Robert Walker | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

Until the food challenge is squarely met, prudence dictates that we should be expanding domestic and international support for voluntary family planning, and in the developing world we should be promoting smaller, healthier families by educating girls, empowering women, and eliminating child marriage.

7 Recipes To Cook Sunday And Eat All Week Long

Phoebe Lapine | Posted 06.16.2014 | Taste
Phoebe Lapine

It becomes too easy to justify a Seamless web order just so you have one less thing on your plate to worry about.

Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom

Robert Walker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

So long as a woman's reproductive freedom is constrained by her husband's opposition, religious prohibitions, or misinformation, she will not be fully capable of exercising that freedom.

Day 2 Recap: Keeping Youth and Human Rights in Focus

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

What is population and development about if NOT about human rights and youth?

Why Population Dynamics Matter

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

At the end of the day, these population dynamics and their consequences impact everyone. But humanists are natural leaders in the effort because humanists understand that this is the only life we'll have.

Climate Change: The Least We Can Do

Robert Walker | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Nearly 40 percent of all pregnancies in the world are unwanted or unintended, and preventing them would make a valuable contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

If Politicians Really Want To Save Money, These Initiatives Actually Cost Less Than Doing Nothing

Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

For many lawmakers, particularly in today's austerity-obsessed political environment, the only way to save a dollar is to not spend that dollar. But i...

Wanted Children, Planned Families... Why Not?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

The wanted child, the planned family. Can anybody argue that the wanted child and the planned family are not infinitely better off for everyone: child, family and society in general?So why are we fighting these battles?

Another baby

Regan Long | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

We recently announced to family, friends and co-workers that we are expecting our fourth child. Not everyone shared in our joy.

The Baby Decision

Mara Altman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Mara Altman

Just a few months ago, I'd asked a 36-year-old friend who was six months pregnant how she'd decided. "It's not that I wanted to have a baby," she'd said, "but I didn't want to regret not having had one. Everyone feels that way, right?"

Why I Refuse to Have Kids

Derrell Jamison | Posted 05.19.2014 | Black Voices
Derrell Jamison

I'm sorry, but I'm not sorry that we don't want kids yet. We'll have them one of these days, but for now, we're just enjoying our time learning to live with each other before we throw a little one into the mix.