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Family Planning

Why Family Planning Matters in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Ward Cates | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ward Cates

Through embracing integrated, multi-sectoral development solutions such as family planning, we can accelerate progress and fulfill our promises to the next generation.

How One Weekend Changed My Feelings About Motherhood

Natacha Hildebrand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Natacha Hildebrand

I fell in love with a boy. And the boy asked me to marry him. And, you guessed it: That boy? He wants kids. To make matters worse, he's the type of guy that you just know will be an amazing father. Well, this really left only one thing for us to do: a test run.

To Promote Family Planning, Let's Have More Controversy

Christopher Purdy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Christopher Purdy

The family planning community should be willing to take some reasonable risks when it comes to acknowledging the pleasure motivation in birth control. We know that sexy advertising works to sell pretty much everything else. Why not family planning, one of the most empowering and powerful forces for good and pleasure in the world?

My 40th Birthday Wish: A Baby

Kim Lute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kim Lute

Cupcakes with pink and blue frosting curlicues imitating sperm (a nod to the party's missing guest) and mini quiches (because it only makes sense to pay homage to "eggs" at a sperm donor fete) rounded out a menu for guests who helped my cousin choose a father, err... a donor.

World Food Day and the Women of Keur Moussa

Kathleen Mogelgaard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathleen Mogelgaard

The women of Keur Moussa, like millions of women around the world, are on the front lines of efforts to achieve food security and better nutrition for their families and communities. When their needs are met -- including their needs for family planning -- this year's World Food Day theme will be within closer reach.

Keep Women and Girls at the Heart of Development

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

In the 21st century, no woman should die bringing new life into the world. With just over 800 days remaining to the MDGs deadline, we must combine our efforts to tackle the causes of maternal death and prevent unintended pregnancies.

Having a Baby Is a Great Way to Be Happy -- But So Is Not Having One

Jessica Blankenship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jessica Blankenship

The truest thing I can figure out is that attaining and maintaining happiness has a lot less to do with making the correct choices, and more to do with cultivating an ability to weather change with all the courage, humility, curiosity and amusement we can muster.

Pleasure, Sex, and Condoms

Philip D. Harvey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Philip D. Harvey

Men (and women too) have complained for centuries that condom use interferes with the pleasure of sex, and the Gates challenge could surely generate some new condom designs. But there's no need to wait for pleasure-focused condom use.

Not Often and Early, But Rarely and Late

Alison Wolf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Alison Wolf

The idea that it would be "normal" to have one's first child after the age of 30 would have seemed completely extraordinary to any past generation.

Unconscionable

Robert Walker | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

I have fought in the trenches on issues as contentious as gun control and campaign finance reform, but I have never seen anything quite like this. This is visceral. And, quite frankly, it frightens me.

The Everyday Heroes

Pamela Barnes | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Access to family planning is a basic human right. But making that right a reality requires so much to be in place beyond a well-run health facility.

Is Demography Destiny?

Robert Walker | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Most of the stories are about the people who are struggling to survive in a world of resource scarcity, a changing climate, and environmental degradation. Some of them, despite their evident struggles, are intent on having large families; they see their children as an economic and social safety net.

Years of Investments Finally Put Health Workers on the Global Stage

David J. Olson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

This kind of work -- building up frontline health workers and the systems that support them -- is a prerequisite for producing sustainable improvements in health.

Latin@s Are Not a 'Poster Community' for Conservative Politics

Laura Jiménez | Posted 11.20.2013 | Latino Voices
Laura Jiménez

Collectively we speak hundreds of languages, practice many religions and have a rich cultural diversity. And although most of us may hold family as an important value, we also have differing views on what a family entails.

Have Things Gotten Worse for Working Women?

Rachel Dempsey | Posted 11.18.2013 | Women
Rachel Dempsey

Telling women -- and only women -- that they need to start planning for their families 10 years in advance assumes the current structure of the workplace as a given and lets men off the hook.

Why We Decided On Parenthood After Cancer

Lea Grover | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Lea Grover

Every young person with cancer has been through this. Recovery isn't black-and-white. Recovery is forever. Every year that you live, the likelihood that the cancer is coming back is diminished, but not gone. Never gone. So, when you're 25 and in love, newly married, should you have kids?

For Family Planning, Entrepreneurs Can Outdistance Charities

Christopher Purdy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

Products and services that are purchased -- even at very low prices -- are far more likely to be used. Thus, the marketing of contraceptives and family planning services can be a highly cost-effective way of helping couples improve their lives.

The Hard Facts: Condoms Work

Lynn Barclay | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Lynn Barclay

As a nation we can't make progress toward achieving sexual health until we push past the fiery debates and find common ground in the facts.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Where Unplanned Babies Are Born

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Women

About half of the of the 6.7 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unplanned, according to a new state-level analysis by the Guttmacher Instit...

A Fistula-Free Generation Is Possible

Pamela Barnes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth's Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

Why I Wish I Had Told My Friends To Freeze Their Eggs

Sarah Elizabeth Richards | Posted 11.06.2013 | Women
Sarah Elizabeth Richards

I put fertility in the same category as weight: Just as no one wants to be told they could lose a few pounds, I assumed they didn't want to hear about how they could save a few eggs.

WATCH: Disney's 1968 Sex-Ed Video Is Hilariously Bad

Posted 09.04.2013 | Women

Sex ed... from a Disney film? A 1968 animation short, "Family Planning," educates viewers on the problem of overpopulation and vaguely hints at the...

Can an Only Child Make Sense of Having Two Children?

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

I keep reading because I'm scared. I have no frame of reference for a sibling in my life and it seems in this case, I'll have to follow my daughter's lead, loving unconditionally, sight unseen, and just open my heart and share everything I have.

Another Politically Motivated Investigation of Nonprofits?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

Now it's the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that appears to be taking a politically selective look at nonprofits. This time around, however, conservatives are not complaining. Why? Because they are the ones who are pushing GAO to do it.

What the GOP Isn't Willing to Change

Jason Sattler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

Republicans have been having an interesting debate over how their party should change -- interesting, because even Republicans now recognize that Republicans need to change.