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Prenatal Care

A Late Night Run To The Pharmacy Turns Into More Than This Mother Of Two Expected -- Now She's Building A Multi-Million Dollar Brand.

Posted 03.25.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

For Healthy Births and Happy Birthdays, Get Covered and Trust Women

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

If I didn't have the experience as an attorney and the confidence of an advocate, my path -- our daughter's path -- might well have been different.

The Forgotten Holding of Roe v. Wade

Dov Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dov Fox

Most people identify Roe v. Wade with a single landmark judgment. Lost in these debates is Roe's altogether distinct holding that the state's interest in "potential life" constitutes a valid reason to regulate reproductive conduct.

Disrupted Development: The Dangers of Prenatal BPA Exposure

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Wait, so we may be setting the stage for diseases like breast cancer before a baby is even born?

Making the Most of a Golden Minute

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

What can you accomplish in one minute? You could put away your shoes or read 250 words--but with the right training, you could save a newborn's life. Here's how.

I Found the 'Holy Grail' of Prenatal Testing

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

The real draw of NIPT is its potential as an alternative to invasive testing, a way to replace a needle in the belly with one in the arm, to get information without putting pregnancies in harm's way. The draw of NIPT is that it is non-invasive. That's what makes it exciting.

The First Thousand Days of a Baby's Life

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Madeleine M. Kunin

The first thousand days of a baby's life are likely to determine the rest of her life -- whether she grows up to be healthy or not, both physically and emotionally. That's both good news and bad news.

Maternal Health Is A Social Issue, Too

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

In Senegal and throughout West Africa, deeply-rooted social norms are meant to protect and support a woman and her child throughout her pregnancy and after the birth. Unfortunately, these beliefs can also put the mother and child's health at risk.

WATCH: The Traumatic Childbirth Injury No One Is Talking About

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

The fact that women and girls still suffer from obstetric fistula is evidence that health systems are failing to provide good prenatal care, nutrition, a skilled attendant at birth and emergency obstetric care. On this First International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, learn how you can help.

Obstetric Fistula: No Longer A Neglected Tragedy

Kate Grant | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

Until a decade ago, fistula was literally not on the global health agenda, even though it is arguably the most devastating and disabling of all childbirth injuries. The simple reason: women who suffer from fistula live almost exclusively in rural areas of very resource constrained countries, and are therefore some of the least empowered human beings on the planet.

Making Healthy Pregnancies a Priority in Ghana

Asare Regina | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Asare Regina

This month, as many of my colleagues around the world celebrate motherhood, I work towards a future where all the mothers in my community have access to safe and healthy pregnancies -- a future free of the cries that once filled the homes of my neighbors.

37 Weeks and Six Days

Allyson Downey | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Allyson Downey

The weeSpring community is all about parents helping parents -- and supporting Kangu is an extraordinary way to help a mother in need, and possibly even save her life.

Birthing Shelters

Nicole Field Brzeski | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Nicole Field Brzeski

They have no shelter, no kitchen, no toilets, no bathing facilities. They must fend off animals and criminals. These physical and psychological stresses create a great deal of suffering just before the intensely physical demands of childbirth and subsequent care of a newborn.

Incredible Video Of Twins Fighting In Womb

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents

"It's my womb!" "No, it's my womb!" Siblings apparently are never too young to be rivals, a video taken from a new high-clarity MRI scan shows. ...

Prenatal Depression Warning Signs: Here's What to Look For

The Stir | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
The Stir

Until recently, doctors didn't even think a woman could get depressed during pregnancy, because they believed antenatal hormones protected against it. The fact is, as many as 70% of women will experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy.

Mother Who Overcame the Odds Feels Called to Fight Maternal Deaths

Crislyn Felisilda | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Crislyn Felisilda

In most Muslim communities on Mindanao Island, women generally have 10 or more children. Unfortunately some babies, and even mothers themselves, die before or after the delivery due to various complications.

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...

August 1: Women's Health Care Package Implementation Is Cause for Celebration and Caution

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The new package of care for women without extra out-of-pocket cost represents a huge step forward. But the ongoing, relentless campaign against health care reform continues unabated.

Healthy Mothers = Child Survival

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

When a mother survives, her children thrive. They are more likely to be vaccinated, eat properly, attend school and become productive members of their community, thereby making countries more secure and our world a better place.

We Need To Work Harder To Save 2.6 Million Children A Year From Nutrition-Related Deaths

Carole Presern | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Carole Presern

We hope G8 leaders commit to action and investment to improve nutrition for mothers and children during the critical 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2, when nutrition can have a lifelong impact on a child's future in terms of both health and development.

Lynne Peeples

New Ways To Protect Unborn Babies From Onslaught Of Toxic Chemicals

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

Laura Vandenberg worries whenever she hears a pregnant friend talk about painting a nursery. She gets even more concerned when she learns of a childbe...

Facing Maternity Care Gaps, Midwives Push For Birthing Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

As with all reproductive justice struggles, from access to birth control to the right to choose, self-determination in childbirth is about putting social trust in the hands of women.

Birth Classes: More Than Just a Bonding Experience

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2012 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

Whenever I'm on-call on a weekend, I'm always charmed by the birth class. A dozen couples are led on a tour of Labor and Delivery, the postpartum floo...

Does My Baby Have Down Syndrome? Say 'Yes' or 'No'

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2012 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

The new maternal blood test to diagnose fetal Down syndrome in pregnancy is getting a lot of buzz.

Doctors Should Advise, Not Just Inform

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2012 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

As physicians, we must empower patients (or parents, when the patient is a baby) to make decisions, and it is absolutely essential for us to educate parents about their child's illness, the options for treatment and the prognosis.