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Half of Women Still Give Birth Alone or Without Skilled Health Care in Tanzania -- But We Can Change That!

Rose Mlay | Posted 07.04.2012 | Impact
Rose Mlay

2012-05-05-videopull.jpgOn International Day of the Midwife on May 5, our short film "What I Want Is Simple", is airing on national television and radio in Tanzania.

Midwives, a Crucial Part of Caring for the Women of Mexico

Dr. Rick Martinez | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Dr. Rick Martinez

This is a story about high infant and maternal mortality among indigenous women and their newborns. Part of this story is about how young women living in desperate situations learn to deal with those situations by helping others.

Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Limari Colon | Posted 03.26.2012 | Impact
Limari Colon

Giving birth to my child naturally was not about politics, nor adventure. It was about what was best for both of us. I felt the need to protect our first moments together, to bond, and as a result of following my gut, I acquired a purpose in life.

Eleanor Goldberg

Ricki Lake Delivers Maternal Health Awareness

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact

Ricki Lake may be best known for her for twirling to the top on "Dancing With The Stars," or for counseling her daytime guests for more than a decade....

In Praise of Midwives: Having a Baby Is Not an Illness

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Cronk

To the thousands of midwives who hold hands, comfort hearts, wipe tears, share smiles, and grow families, you have my undying respect and appreciation forever.

Use Of Midwives Rises, Challenging Illinois To Respond

Chicago News Cooperative | JESSICA REAVES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After three "really traumatic" hospital births, Alyssa Ruben was determined to have her fourth child at home. She hired a midwife, and eight months la...

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.

Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of...

Women Deliver Promises Hope Around the World

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tamar Abrams

In a cavernous convention center in the heart of the Nation's Capitol, thousands of people have gathered to celebrate the role of women in the well-be...

Caution: Pregnancy May Be Hazardous to Your Liberty

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

If you are pregnant and clumsy in Utah, you could be charged with attempted murder, even in the first trimester.

Help Send 120,000 Solar Lights to Health Teams in Haiti

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

Two of the most highly regarded health care nonprofits in Haiti are making an urgent plea for 120,000 lights to assist them in giving medical attention to those dispersed in the rural areas.

Ashley Judd: Please, Population Control is Not the Answer for Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Congo's economy is not undermined by "unregulated fertility" rates. Civil society has been destroyed by decades of war and over a hundred years of exploitation of Congo's wealth by international interests.

Congo: Midwives Transform Trash Into Hope

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Since Secretary Clinton ended her African trip, the news cycle has seemingly abandoned the women of Congo.

Afghan Midwives Step Up To Fight One Of World's Worst Maternal Mortality Rates

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The war in Afghanistan may no longer be forgotten but the true victims always are. Women and children in the landlocked Asian country have continuous...

Extreme Birth, Indeed

Jennifer Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Block

Routine maternity ward monitoring, inducing, and anesthetizing have added up to millions of unnecessary cesarean sections: a hospital childbirth system gone insane.

Congolese Midwives Struggle To Help Mothers Brutalized By War (SLIDESHOW)

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

I hate the border crossing from Rwanda into Goma at Gisenyi. It frays nerves and sullies sunny dispositions in a heartbeat. Male street thugs prowl pa...

Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir

Joe Antol | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Antol

For Muhlhahn, birth is a transformative and poetic experience for the mother. But perhaps she forgets that it is first and foremost a transformative experience for the child.

Docs to Women: Pay No Attention to Ricki Lake's Home Birth

Ricki Lake, Jennifer Block, and Abby Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ricki Lake, Jennifer Block, and Abby Epstein

The physicians of America have issued their decree -- they don't want you having your babies at home with midwives -- we can't imagine why not. They have no evidence to back up their claims.