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Miscarriage

Personalized Medicine Takes on the MTHFR Gene

Bianca Garilli, N.D. | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bianca Garilli, N.D.

As the scientific community continues to learn more about individual genes and how and what they code for, it gives rise to increased personalized medical recommendations to support an individual's genetic makeup.

I Was Ambivalent About Having Kids -- Until I Wasn't

Dana Norris | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
Dana Norris

I find it hard to believe at first because I don't feel any different. But then days go by and I begin to feel a buzz around my edges. I realize that I, through no conscious effort of my own, am slowly building another person. My husband and I compare bellies in the mirror every night. I didn't think it was possible, but I enjoy being pregnant.

How to Manage This Holiday Season When It Seems Everyone Else Is Pregnant Except You

Aimee Raupp | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Aimee Raupp

For a woman who has been trying to conceive, without success, this type of reflection and comparison can be devastating. Of course, it is always difficult for women dealing with fertility challenges, but this time of year seems to be the worst.

How Butter and Sugar Got Me Through the Saddest Time In My Life

Erica Gelbard Callahan | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Erica Gelbard Callahan

I started baking -- and I didn't stop. Late at night when I couldn't sleep and during the day with my son, I'd turn to the kitchen. Baking took my mind off of the fact that my life felt completely yucky and funky.

The Gift of Omission

Tamar Henry | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Tamar Henry

I am all for celebrating the phenomenal beauty of a healthy pregnancy. After losing three pregnancies, I'm likely more appreciative than the average person of what a remarkable miracle a full-term pregnancy and healthy baby is.

The Loaded Question It's So Hard For Me To Answer

Krista Watts | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Krista Watts

We can separately have children, just not with each other. You have to really love your spouse to hear that kind of news.

I Lost My Baby Just Weeks Before He Should Have Been Born

Catherine Kelly | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Catherine Kelly

What I have learned from this horrific loss is that I am stronger than I ever knew. I have learned not to take life for granted, and that every moment with loved ones is a gift.

Making a Family Just Isn't That Easy - Part 3

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When it comes to family planning, fertility, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and recovery, there really can't be too much love.

Is 'The Handmaid's Tale' Science Fiction -- Or a Preview of 2016?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

One way or another, you've heard of "The Handmaid's Tale." For decades, the title has been feminist shorthand for the kind of future that's likely for women if Christian fundamentalists have their way.

He Is My Son -- Not My 'Baby'

Jennifer Ross | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Ross

If I knew someone who had suffered the loss of their teenage child, I would never say, "I'm sorry for the loss of your teenager." What a terrible thing to say, right? I, in no way, want to sound like I did not appreciate the love that other people gave me, but I do want to educate on the respectful way to speak to a parent after they suffer the loss of a very young child.

IVF Confessions: in Defense of Egg Freezing

Renée Whitworth | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Renée Whitworth

The only time I was not in treatment from 2008 until 2011 was when I was pregnant or recovering from a loss. And with all these appointments came countless disappointments.

Life After Losing a Baby: Kate's Story

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

October is infant and pregnancy loss remembrance month, a time every year I reflect upon my life after loss.

Conceiving Our Chosen Family

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Never could I have imagined I would find myself, my home and my destined chosen family all from a woman I met online.

It Happened to Me: Infertility Treatments Didn't Work and I Defined My Own Motherhood

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

We must give ourselves permission to make our own family, however that may look. And, as a society we must all have more fertility compassion for whatever those means are.

Mom Bares Her Soul About Pregnancy, Body Image, Loss And Love

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents

For the past five months, video website StyleLikeU has been interviewing women while they slowly remove their clothes for its "What's Underneath Proje...

My Cause Is Better Than Your Cause

Cindy Brandt | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Cindy Brandt

There is a phenomenon of what I call, "First-World-Problem-Shaming," where we make people feel bad about their anxieties because somewhere in the world children are starving.

The Day My Life Changed Forever

Deborah Cruz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

I could not say it out loud because then it would be real and then my baby would be dead. The promise of our baby would be broken. Life would be different. I would be different. It would all be less. I would never get to hold my baby in my arms because my baby was gone.

Loss is Loss and Comparison Only Leaves Us Alone In It

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Does it hurt less that I have lost three, but she has lost five? Does it hurt less that you at least got a couple of years with him? Does it hurt less that she lived a longer life and mine never grew?

Why My Miscarriage Was a Miracle

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Taraleigh Weathers

Most of the things you aren't supposed to say are the things that made me feel better. After reading that, I thought for a moment, Maybe things don't happen for a reason... then what the heck is going on?

he Storm That Follows a Lost Pregnancy

Tina Donvito | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Tina Donvito

The snow did indeed come, and as we hunkered down at home I was glad the world was howling along with me. The storm was an aberration against nature, just as losing my baby was. Snow in October is not supposed to happen. Losing your baby is not supposed to happen.

5 Ways Pregnancy After a Miscarriage Is Different

Meredith Hale | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

A miscarriage is a scar that never fully fades; no matter how much time goes by, a shadow of that loss always lingers.

A Story of Pregnancy Loss

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

Many of the feelings I experienced soon after our loss were expected: sadness, deep grief, anger. But what surprised me most, and what I wasn't prepared for was the shame -- the overwhelming feeling that I had failed in the way that mattered most, and that it could never be forgiven.

Three Is The Magic Number

Lauren Stevens | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

The doctor left the room, and I went in to use the bathroom, the sound of the woman in the adjoining room's healthy baby's heartbeat echoing off the cold tile.

I Can't Share Your Joy

Sarah Warman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Sarah Warman

I see the updates. I see the newly posted pictures of a growing belly. I see the pictures of a nursery that was tirelessly decorated. I have the same pictures. But you'll never see them. It's not because I'm ashamed of my belly or because I'm an awful painter or decorator. It's because I didn't get the happy ending.

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | 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.