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Nepali Mothers Suffer From Fallen Wombs

Magally Zelaya | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Magally Zelaya

Kalasi Devi, 28, is a mother of three whose uterus has been protruding from her body for more than a decade. "During my pregnancy I did a lot of heavy work, like carrying water and wood," she says. "I started working again 10 days after giving birth."

Share Your Birth Story

MotherWoman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Avital Norman Nathman My book, The Good Mother Myth, came out earlier this year. It's a collection of essays from a variety of women, all helping ...

What I Didn't Expect While Expecting

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Stephanie R. Caudle

I read countless books on what to expect while expecting and each week I sat back and monitored my body to see if indeed all these things were happening to me. Some things happened and some things didn't and I simply figured that it was because not all pregnancies are the same.

How My Unborn Son Saved His Mother's Life

Oral Fixation | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Oral Fixation

In the delivery room, I was dressed in my scrubs just like in the movies. My seat was next to my love, who was on the operating table, arms stretched out. There was a screen cloth right above her sternum obscuring her nether region. Her face was glowing in the halo of the operating lights.

Surrogacy Between Close Friends: Think Twice

Suzette Standring | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Suzette Standring

Laurie Miller offers a cautionary tale about gestational surrogacy between close friends. Expectations and disappointment ended their friendship, and the two women never saw it coming.

Social Surrogacy: A Scary Trend in Pregnancy

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

You don't need to give birth to a child to be a wonderful mother -- in fact, those women who can't have a baby the way I did are heroic in their endeavors to either find other ways to make a baby or adopt a child instead. But to choose not to be pregnant and have someone else carry your child for the sake of vanity or convenience is a shame.

5 Mistakes Expecting Mothers Should Avoid

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 ...