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Pregnancy Complications

The Unbearable Itch of Motherhood: Surviving Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Seleni Institute | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

"Every three days, we will do an ultrasound to make sure there is still fetal movement," they said. "We cannot promise that in the intervening days the fetuses will not expire." (I believe at this point they changed their language from "babies" to "fetuses.")

I Don't Know How To Tell You About Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Jessica Martin-Weber | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Jessica Martin-Weber

I don't know how to narrate the experience of trying to decide if I should save the life of the mother of my existing children or hope to live through my body shutting down to try to keep growing their little sister.

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.

Mother's Risk Of Dying From Pregnancy Increases

Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 05/05/2014 06:17 PM EDT on LiveScience For women in the United States, the lifetime risk of dyi...

From Home Birth to Hospital: My Story of Fetal Atrial Flutter

Amanda Aguilar Shank | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Amanda Aguilar Shank

It was intense. It was also my initiation into a mysterious club called motherhood. As a close friend told me, having a child is like learning to live with your heart outside of your body. It is not always an easy transition.

Pregnancy Not-So-Blahs: My Story of Fetal Atrial Flutter

Amanda Aguilar Shank | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Amanda Aguilar Shank

I watched her little heart on the ultrasound for hours -- before and after her heartbeat resolved. I slept with a fetal monitor stuck to my belly and the sound of her heartbeat coming from a machine a foot from my head. I waited and hoped.

The Love Story I Needed to Share on Valentine's Day

Carissa K | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

Most of all, sharing this story reminded me that we are not on this journey alone. Sure we have ourselves, and we have our family and friends. But we also have something else. Something that bonds us to each other. There is a big, big world out there full of people who are ready to love and ready to share, ready to listen and ready to give.

Mother's Age Tied To Risk Of Delivery Complications

Posted 06.14.2013 | Parents

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:26pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Teenage mothers are at increased risk of delivering their babies...

The Gut-Wrenching Experience We Can Finally Let Go

Charlie Capen | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents
Charlie Capen

I said, "I want to go beat things and run fast." She said, "I just want to cry and go to sleep." We probably could've used a dose of each other's advice, truth be told.

Rash That Spread Across Pregnant Woman's Body Has Made Some Everyday Tasks Unbearable

Posted 09.27.2012 | Healthy Living

A young U.K. mother's horrific and mystifying rash may have been caused by her own unborn child, the Sun reports. The burning, itchy rash permanently ...

'Obese and Expecting': Doctors Perform C-Section On Morbidly Obese Woman

Posted 05.18.2012 | TV

On the hour-long TLC special, "Obese and Expecting" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on TLC) Thursday night, viewers saw close-up how difficult giving birth can be fo...

What To Expect (To Worry About) When You're Expecting

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.16.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

The first thing I did when I learned I was pregnant was find myself a copy of "What To Expect When You're Expecting." According to the book's publisher, that makes me like 90 percent of pregnant women in the country. Soon I was a nervous wreck. According to my very informal polling, that makes me like a hefty percentage of readers of the book.

No Mother's Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California.

New Study Lends Further Evidence That California's Flammability Standard Puts Vulnerable Populations at Risk

Sarah Janssen | Posted 10.10.2011 | Green
Sarah Janssen

A study published today in the journal, Environmental Science and Technology, is further evidence that Californians are the most highly polluted people in the world with toxic flame retardant chemicals.

'Every Mother Counts': Fighting Maternal Mortality

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.08.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

You may be shocked to learn that the United States is 50th in the world in terms of how well it provides its citizens with maternal health care. It has dropped from a previous ranking of 41st, trailing Canada and a host of European countries.

Amnesty International Report on U.S. Maternal Health

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The report, titled "Deadly Delivery," notes that the likelihood of a woman's dying in childbirth in the U.S. is five times as great as in Greece, fou...

REPORT: More Dangerous To Give Birth In CA Than In Bosnia Or Kuwait

California Watch | Nathanael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. For accompanying chart click here, Q&A click here. By Nathanael Johnson The mortality rate of Cal...