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Midwifery

Midwives Are The Cornerstone To MDG 4 And 5 Success

Girls' Globe | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

A universal increase in midwifery (including family planning) in 78 of the world's most resource-poor countries could result in up to 83 percent fewer maternal, fetal and newborn deaths.

Maternal Health: More Than Just Survival!

Girls' Globe | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

For me, that morning when I saw a positive sign on the pregnancy test, I was filled with excitement, expectations and a sense of craziness. The thought of survival never crossed my mind. I didn't have to worry about affording care or being able to access a midwife, and I knew that this privilege was due to where I lived.

Why the Health of Mothers and Newborns Is Inseparable

Esther Sharma | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Esther Sharma

I visited Maryam when her baby was 2 weeks old. I had been meaning to go sooner, but the steep, icy roads up to her 'house' in Kabul prohibited an earlier visit.

Giving Birth in a Graveyard

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Bent over a wood-fired oven, drying the fish her husband caught yesterday, 29-year-old Leticia Sam blinks the smoke from her eyes, one hand stoking the fire, the other holding her swollen belly. Expecting her fourth baby, Leticia lives atop an old graveyard piled with trash, strewn with crumbling cinderblock homes.

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!

Lancet Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be In The Heart Of Decision-Making

Petra ten Hoope-Bender | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Petra ten Hoope-Bender

I know from my experience as a midwife and an academic that midwifery is the best value option for delivering high-quality maternal and newborn care. By a long way, investing in well-educated midwives can give a 16-fold return on investment.

Why Fathers Must Stay In The Picture For Optimal Child Health

Debrah Lewis | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Debrah Lewis

Many people talk about "deadbeat dads" and "missing fathers." Who are these men and why are they not involved in their children's lives?

Delivering Joy: Midwives Are The Key To A Future With Healthy Mothers And Babies

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

I had no choice but to become an advocate for maternal health. Four years ago, if it were not for the skilled professionals by my side when I developed an amniotic fluid embolism, I would have died.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Brian Leaf | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

Breast milk is beyond science. We have yet to fully understand it, and we will certainly never reproduce its equal in a laboratory. It is a mystery, like quantum physics and black holes and the appeal of Bikram yoga.

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries

Ward Cates | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Ward Cates

he State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report will offer a blueprint for maximizing the contributions that midwives can make to health systems worldwide. We have seen the life-saving effect that midwives can have. It is time to put these competent health care professionals within everyone's reach.

Mother's Day Kind of Sucks...

Elizabeth Golluscio | Posted 07.12.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Golluscio

Happy belated Mother's Day, to all of you who may still be finding your mom -- even after you've lost her.

WATCH: The 3 Essential Things Every Mother-To-Be Needs

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact

Ensconced in the safety of the developed world, it's easy to forget just how fraught childbirth can be in other parts of the globe. Meg Wirth is th...

Why This High-Risk Mom Is Choosing A Home Birth

Amy West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Amy West

Like all moms-to-be, a living, breathing, healthy baby is the end goal here. Perhaps not like all moms-to-be, I believe we can get that done in an inflatable tub in my bedroom.

Kathleen Miles

New Mom's Uncensored Photos Reveal The Beautiful, Messy Reality Of Home Birth

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

From the minute her contractions began, Ruth Iorio was posting her uncensored thoughts, feelings and photos on Facebook and Twitter. Through the pain ...

8 Things We Learned In 2013 About Having Babies

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, it seems like parents-to-be often fall into two camps: Those who devour every bit of information they can g...

Respectful Care With a Sense of Momentum

Brigid McConville | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Brigid McConville

It remains a scandal that childbirth is the leading cause of death for young women in many countries -- and that is fortunately a far cry from birth in the UK. But the concept of dignity, our universal rights to respect and care during childbirth, connect all mothers and midwives, wherever we live.

Role of Midwives in Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan

Aziz Baig | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Aziz Baig

In developing countries like Afghanistan, midwives bring great hope to the tens of thousands of women who have no access to doctors or clinics.

Catherine Pearson

Review Finds Major Benefits To Seeing A Midwife

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents

More than 90 percent of births in the U.S. are supervised by doctors, but a growing minority of women rely on midwives to provide their primary care. ...

Beltway Battle Over Patients' Rights to Integrative Medicine and Health

John Weeks | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

At stake is the meaning and potential revocation of "non-discrimination in health care," Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act. The requirement is due to become law in January 2014.

Robin Lim: Life After Becoming a CNN Hero

Rio Helmi | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Rio Helmi

It's kind a fun to see a Hindu mom, a Muslim mom, a Christian mom and all their families altogether crashed out in the same recovery room and they end up exchanging phone numbers and become friends because their kids have the same birthdays.

Words That Heal: Cesarean Birth

Brandy Ferner | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

This important role you have usually coincides with a very vulnerable window of time in these women's lives (possibly even the most vulnerable time of their lives), so the words you choose have immense power to heal, support and empower them -- or do the opposite.

The World Needs More Midwives

Esther Madudu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Esther Madudu

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies. An estimated that 350,000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths -- but training is prohibitively expensive for most women in the developing world.

Models of Effectiveness in Maternity Care: Saving Millions with Midwives and Birth Centers

Mayri Leslie | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Mayri Leslie

Considering the mandated coverage of pregnancy care in the Affordable Care Act, the delivery of maternal child healthcare has significant potential to impact the bottom line for both state and federal agencies.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin's Legacy Among Doulas in L.A.

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents
Antonia Blumberg

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives recounts the history of the natural birth movement in the United States. It is the story of a revolution, initiated in the least likely place imaginable.