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Maternity

My Wife Almost Died. Twice.

Scott Valins | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Scott Valins

We slowly developed an ability to vocalize, to be open and to share the pain. As much as family and friends were there for us, the only person who would understand the day-to-day void left at home was my daughter.

Photographer Explores The Stunning World Of Childbirth In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts

According to the World Health Organization, a woman's lifetime risk of maternal death -- that is, the likelihood a woman would eventually die of a mat...

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

I'm trying to figure out how best to honor my pregnancies -- all three -- and the body that housed them. They don't necessarily need to be emboldened in my postpartum size and I guess stretch marks of the soul are the stretch marks that aren't readily visible to anyone other than me.

How A Phone App Is Changing Childbirth In Africa

Anna Frellsen | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Anna Frellsen

But ensuring a safe delivery is not only a question about seeking care; it is also a question of delivering the right quality of care. All over sub-Saharan Africa, health workers with low levels of education are often appointed alone to health posts in hard-to-reach areas. The consequences for the women giving birth and for their newborns are often fatal.

5 Stages of Maternity Swimsuit Shopping

Jacqueline Burt Cote | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Burt Cote

Three-way mirrors are soul-crushing windows into the depths of hell under the best of circumstances; put a pregnant lady wearing an ill-fitting tankini in front of them and expect nothing short of a full-scale nervous breakdown

New Moms Talk About Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents

For new moms, heading back into the office after maternity leave can be tough. In a HuffPost Live conversation, mothers shared their experiences with ...

Twerking While Pregnant and Other Mommy-to-Be Musings

Julee Wilson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Julee Wilson

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and like many moms-to-be, I'm riddled with questions and mommy guilt. Am I doing this right? How will this affect the baby? Can I eat that? However, I've noticed that my list of worries is also deeply rooted in holding onto my pre-pregnancy self.

4 Things Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Pregnancy can be one of life's most exciting phases as you prepare to welcome a new family member, but it can also be one of the most stressful, especially as the details of your maternity coverage start to bog you down.

6 Common Reactions to Breastfeeding

Supriya Kelkar | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Supriya Kelkar

My son comfort-nursed for hours at a time in the early days and then reverted to nursing through the night, much more frequently than every two hours, in the later months. But through the almost year-and-a-half adventure, I started to notice there were six types of reactions to a mother breastfeeding her child.

In the Fight for Gender Equity in the Labor Market, There is No "Other"

Anika J. Hermann | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Anika J. Hermann

These numbers are unconscionable. And they have dire implications. Leaving aside micro-level issues arising from women being economically dependent on men, wage gaps threaten large-scale economic stability.

The One Word You Should Use to Repel Men

Natalie Thomas | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Natalie Thomas

My twenties were amazing. And horrible. At the the same time. I lived in New York with no money, too many roommates (and roaches!) and spent my days chasing my dreams and breaking my heart.

What No One Is Talking About: Maternal Deaths, Mental and Physical Trauma in the United States

Timoria McQueen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

I hope that by sharing my story, I can help bring some (needed) attention to maternal health, PTSD and how the two can go hand-in-hand. Motherhood, in general, can be a very isolating experience, but when you suffer a trauma as a result of becoming a mother, it can be incredibly lonely.

A Glimpse of the Future: The Necessity of Subsidized Child Care

MotherWoman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Nichole Dupont I was at work on the due date for my first child. I know, I know, that doesn't make me special, but I was working. Not because I wa...

Women Get All the Best Cravings: The Sociology of Pregnancy

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Congratulations to all you pregnant women out there! (And, hopefully, you know who you are.) You've done more for the world than I ever did. Society needs you... literally. Without you, our species is finished... at least until human cloning is perfected. What's taking so long for that, anyway?

It's Getting Hot in Here! The Great Debate About Working Out While Pregnant

Heidi Powell | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Powell

While my levels of intensity and exercise naturally decreased as these pregnancies progressed, the workouts have yet to stop. Yes, even CrossFit.

The First Thousand Days of a Baby's Life

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Madeleine M. Kunin

The first thousand days of a baby's life are likely to determine the rest of her life -- whether she grows up to be healthy or not, both physically and emotionally. That's both good news and bad news.

2 Big Questions About Sex During Pregnancy Answered

Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents

Sex during pregnancy is often mysterious terrain for both moms- and dads-to-be. In a recent HuffPost Live segment, Caitlyn Becker got answers from exp...

Improving Breastfeeding at Work: Is it Possible?

MotherWoman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jessica Avery I never felt that I was meant to be a mother. Growing up, I changed career interests as often as my friends were changing th...

I Lost My Wife: Our Team Was Not There Anymore

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jonathan Polgar I'm a husband and a father, 2 jobs I've looked forward to my whole life. My wife, Jennifer Dorfield is self-possessed and funny a...

The One Thing All New Mothers Need

MotherWoman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jennifer Shiao Page "We're in This Together, Yo!" That's the name we gave to our group. We met as new parents, wandering into a hospital conferenc...

Self-Love and Self-Awareness Are Not Just Words

MotherWoman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Kathy Morelli You'll experience a lot of changes in your personal life during the nine months of pregnancy. Everything from your emotions to your ...

But At Least You have a Healthy Baby: Traumatic Birth and Maternal Mental Health

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Catharine McDonald The title line to this article is one I have overheard many a times---always conscious not to use it myself, this phrase is a c...

Hindsight is 20/20: Taking Personal PPD Experiences and Helping Other New Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Ivy Shih Leung Not every pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experience is blissful. I should know. I had a bumpy road to motherhood complete w...

What Are Women For?

MotherWoman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Samantha Wilde When the news broke many months ago that the U.S. birthrate had hit its lowest level since 1920, I didn't know it. I was too busy c...

Gold in the Dark: Having Children After Infant Loss

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Carol McMurrich My children were conceived in my mind long before they ever existed in cellular form. As a child and teen, surrounded by siblings,...