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5 Mistakes Expecting Mothers Should Avoid

Napala Pratini | Posted 04.18.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Having a baby is often one of the most pivotal developments in a woman's life. While the news may give you reason to celebrate, finding out that you are pregnant also means it's time to start thinking about the cost of maternity care -- and avoiding these mistakes that could land you with massive bills.

8 Things Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton Should Know About Paternity Leave

Kim Simon | Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Would you expect baseball players to play well without a coach? Without fans? Then why would you ask Mrs. Murphy to play the biggest game of her career by herself?

How Should You Choose Between a Hospital and a Home Birth?

Napala Pratini | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Parents-to-be will spend countless hours researching doctors and baby names and planning appointments and baby showers -- but what is the right choice when it comes to a home birth versus a hospital delivery?

A Sexual Assault Survivor's Reflections on Birth

Sarah Beaulieu | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah Beaulieu

Before I got pregnant, it never occurred to me that labor and childbirth could re-trigger sexual trauma for me in such significant ways.

What I Wish I Could Tell The Woman Who Shared My Maternity Room

Nicole Sprinkle | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Nicole Sprinkle

"When I sing 'Rockabye Baby' to Nina, I still hear your voice quivering in the dark and I remember those handful of nights when all there was was a room with a curtain -- and someone on the other side who felt as vulnerable and scared as I did."

Natural Childbirth: Not for the Faint of Heart

Kate Ryan Williams | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Kate Ryan Williams

The only thing that brought me comfort was this thought: "I never have to do this again." I chanted this mantra to my husband. Announced it to the nurses who breezed in and out. And whispered it to the doctor. "I never have to do this again."

50 First-Time Experiences (Besides Sex) That We'll Never Forget

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.11.2013 | Fifty

There is nothing like your first time. We know what you're thinking, but life offers up any number of memorable "first times." The first time you p...

Four Words That Will Get Me Through Childbirth

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

I really want to focus on the baby. But birth is so damn distracting. It's just looming there, at the end of pregnancy, like this massive Mount Doom with Sauron's fiery eye flicking vigilantly back and forth above. I am definitely Frodo in my birth story, with the wide, terrified eyes.

Expecting a Good (Cesarean) Birth

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

It's time for us to dispense with the battle lines that have marked conversations about birth for decades -- and that have led us to neglect the important task of finding and facilitating the good in cesareans and other births where technology is desired or needed.

Catherine Pearson

The Amazing People Who Are Changing How Low-Income Moms Give Birth

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents

What Shakima Woolward, 35, wanted most with her third baby was a natural birth. Her first two children were born via cesarean section for reasons,...

Healthy Mothers Create Healthy Societies -- and a Safer World

Rep. Kay Granger | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Rep. Kay Granger

Many women routinely face violence and sexual attacks. And when it comes time to have kids, childbirth can mean life or death for many of these women.

Catherine Pearson

Is This Common Labor Drug Unsafe?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents

A preliminary new study of the drug Pitocin, frequently given to women to help start or speed up childbirth, has raised concerns about its safety. ...

Pregnant Woman Gives Birth In Hotel Bathroom After London Hospital Turned Her Away

Evening Standard, London | Mark Blunden | Posted 06.05.2013 | World

A COUPLE told today how their first child was born in a London hotel bathroom after they were turned away from a leading hospital. George Reggie Eade...

How I Became The Mom Who Gave Birth In A Parking Lot

Lea Lion | Posted 07.15.2013 | Parents
Lea Lion

I held onto the wall and the banister as I slowly made my way down the stairs. I held onto my very worried-looking mother as I walked out of the front door. Then I held onto the porch railing as another contraction rocked through me. My only thought was: Must get to car.

A Non-Traditional Birth Plan

Kim Simon | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

It's easy to be calm when you're pregnant with Baby #1. You don't know what you don't know, and all. But we all know how well that turned out.

Suspected 'Maternity Hotel' Uncovered In California

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.03.2012 | Small Business

A residence in Chino Hills, Calif., is suspected of operating as a maternity hotel, where expectant Chinese mothers can allegedly pay thousands of dol...

7 Questions For Soon-To-Be Mothers -– A Guide To Choosing The Best Hospital For You

Leah Binder | Posted 01.08.2013 | Parents
Leah Binder

Today's hospitals offer "family birthing suites" with soothing wallpaper, aromatherapy, soft lighting, comfy tubs, pull-out beds for Dad and catered meals. While all this makes for good advertising, it does not necessarily make for good birthing.

10 Years Ago: A Lifetime and an Instant

Lindsey Mead | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

My daughter turns 10 this week. I'm swimming in a sea of memories of this week ten whole years ago, a week that commenced a season that changed everything for me.

WATCH: Homeless Man Saves Newborn Baby's Life At Oklahoma Truck Stop

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.17.2012 | Good News

Keaton Mason was giving birth in an unlikely situation: the passenger seat of a white Honda, in a truck stop just off I-40 in Oklahoma City. Mason ...

5 Tips For Giving Birth You Weren't Expecting

Faith Salie | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Faith Salie

My son is almost four months old, and while I still haven't mastered how not to get peed on while changing his diaper, I do feel like I have some worthwhile tips for giving birth.

A Tale of Two Babies

Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN

Fortunately, I get to see Bowie all the time. She is a healthy, beautiful little girl I can hold in my arms for hours. As I look at her, my thoughts are constantly with Dalitso, across the ocean. I hope she and her mother are healthy.

The Birth Story I Never Wanted To Tell

Christina Loccke | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Christina Loccke

My husband jokingly applies the baseball term "hitting for the cycle" to the way I delivered our three children: from scheduled surgery to drugged and finally undrugged natural. It wasn't some sport, though I was fanatical.

Catherine Pearson

How Natural Birth May Boost Baby's Brain Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents

Experts generally agree that most healthy, risk-free women should deliver their babies vaginally rather than by cesarean section, as it has benefits f...

Global Motherhood: Beyond survival -- Could Access to Maternal Care Transform a Woman's Life?

Yasmina Zaidman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Yasmina Zaidman

In the developing world, the option for poor women to have medical assistance of any kind is often absent and this leads to the death of 800 women each day from pregnancy and childbirth.

Catherine Pearson

Why Do Moms Take Longer To Give Birth Today?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Parents

Convinced that you spent a lot more time in labor with your baby than your mom did with you? You may have. According to new research from the Na...