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Prenatal

Giving Birth in a Graveyard

Suzanne Skees | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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.

Vitamins in Pregnancy: What's a Girl to Do?

Kelly Brogan, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Brogan, M.D.

Eat food, actual food, do it with loved ones, and in a state of relaxation. Then determine how research around supplementation can best support the unfolding of an infinitely complex symphony of information exchange between mom and fetus.

How the Air You Breathe Can Harm You, From Autism to Fatigue to Brain Fog (And 5 Ways to Detox Your Pollutants)

Sara Gottfried, M.D. | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Gottfried, M.D.

While I know that we can't all afford to move to the pristine wilderness (and that it would quickly stop being pristine!) there are still steps we can all take to make ourselves, our future children, and our environments cleaner.

Prenatal Testing: It's Just Information, Not Answers -- or a Guarantee

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The pace of genetic research is stunning and exciting. But there is more to life and health than genetics.

Greater Disability Protection Doesn't Mean Less Selective Abortion

Dov Fox | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Dov Fox

Why would fewer children be brought into the world just as they are being afforded greater opportunities in life?

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.

Can Babies Sense Racism?: How Discrimination May Affect Your Unborn Child

Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

Smoking, poor nutrition and even working late have been cited among the top reasons why babies might be born with low birth weight, but a team of rese...

7 Wonders Of Pregnancy

Jena Pincott | Posted 04.19.2012 | Parents
Jena Pincott

Pregnancy gets weirder as we get rounder. What really goes on under wraps during those nine-plus months? Here are seven discoveries nobody really expects when she's expecting.

Unbelievable Side Effect Of Being Stressed While Pregnant

Jena Pincott | Posted 01.03.2012 | Parents
Jena Pincott

There's an avalanche of evidence that women who are under extreme duress in pregnancy have kids who have shorter attention spans, lower IQs, memory deficiencies and health problems.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life:' Connecting With Baby Before Birth

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

Research reveals that perinatal and postpartum mood disorders are often linked to striving for perfection. Here are some psychological meditations for cultivating a conscious pregnancy.

Insurance Denials for Pregnant Moms

Barbara Dehn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Dehn

Insurance companies have no liability or risk if they chose not to cover prenatal tests. And since health care providers must do these tests, whether they are paid for or not, OB providers and hospitals absorb the cost.

Do People Who Support "Traditional Values" Value Pregnant Women?

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lynn M. Paltrow

Sixty-one percent of women who have abortions are already mothers, and another 24 percent will go on to become mothers. 85 percent of all women bring life into this world.

Gender Apartheid

Amy Coen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Coen

Boge explained her biggest challenge decades earlier was to convince the first mother that her 'uncut' daughter would have a good life; she would be an acceptable wife, bear children and be healthy.