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If You Don't Support Women's Rights in Birth, Don't Call Yourself a Feminist

Sarah Bregel | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

Support choice whenever possible. Empower women. Listen. Learn. Don't be part of the problem. Don't tell her her birth isn't important or that she is stupid or selfish for caring about it. Be part of the solution.

5 Real Birth Experiences From Around The World, In Photos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents

Photographer and mother Alice Proujansky has been taking pictures of births all over the world since 2006. The result of her work is an ongoing photo ...

6 Days of Labor: A Birth Story

Brian Leaf | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

While watching a DVD of Meet the Fockers, Gwen has a contraction. I grab a pencil and the closest thing to write on (oddly, a scrap of wood) and begin timing. Five minutes apart and lasting one minute! Wahoo! Make the call!

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.

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?

15 Things Doctors Aren't Telling You About Childbirth

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents

We live in a world where information about having and rearing babies is everywhere. When is the best time to have kids? Where does your favorite n...

The Fear That Follows Me

Kim Simon | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

When fear is gone, it leaves a huge hole for the courage to fill. It's a space that's almost as big as my baby, I think.

Making Birth Better

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Marie Stone

Maternity care -- who provides it, what it costs, how the baby gets out -- is much bigger than the so-called Mommy Wars. It's a question of the common good, and to get there, we need, as HuffPost blogger Randi Hutter Epstein recently noted, to go beyond the old "home vs. hospital" debates.

What Not to Say to a New Mother

Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE | Posted 12.03.2012 | Parents
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE

It should be a priority for all who work with pregnant folks and new parents to try to get their tone right as often as possible. To slow down, remember that that new dad holding his baby is far more likely to be riddled with insecurity and self-doubt than he is to actually drop the baby.

How Your OB/GYN's Fear of Malpractice Can Affect Your Healthcare

Babble.com | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

My doctor suggested a number of medical interventions prior to and during my labor, including induction and continuous electronic fetal monitoring. Had they been necessary?

For Baby's Sake, Women Considering Home Birth Must Plan and Heed Health, Safety Issues

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If you're a trend-watcher, there's an intriguing statistical uptick that's worth a second glance and it involves women, their health and where they're giving birth.

Study: Hospital Births In China Save Babies

AP | By ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

BEIJING -- New data show that encouraging Chinese women to give birth in the hospital has contributed to a sharp drop in infant deaths over a 12-year ...

Why Home Births Are Worth Considering

Melissa Cheyney | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Melissa Cheyney

If doctors and midwives could be willing to learn from and respect one another, women and babies in our country would benefit.