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Prenatal Health

If Babies Could Smoke

Martine Singer | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Martine Singer

It's easy to dismiss poor people as willfully ignorant, self-indulgent or morally compromised. So if they end up with cancer, heart disease or emphysema, the thinking goes, they kind of brought it on themselves. Have we come to believe that widening disparities in health, like income, are inevitable?

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

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.

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.

5 Easy Ways To Detox Your Prenatal Beauty Routine

Maia James | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Maia James

Stress and anxiety are bad -- for both you and your growing baby. Your kid is super lucky to have a conscientious momma, but don't turn a good thing into a negative one by bugging out about how toxic your shampoo is (easier said than done, I know).

Creating Healthier Children and Families Through L.O.V.E.

Mernell King, BSEd | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mernell King, BSEd

A parent who has the tools to make appropriate decisions about the healthcare of their child has been given self-confidence and self-esteem. I believe when a person has self-esteem mountains can be moved.

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.

The Hypocrisy Behind the Gun Lobby's Focus on Mental Illness

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

Not only are NRA-affiliated spokespeople ignorant about mental illness, but they deceptively use the issue to fool people into thinking that they have broader social concerns. In any real "national conversation," about mental illness and violence, the NRA and its proxies would be mute.

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.

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.

Hips (and Belly and Butt and Thighs) Don't Lie

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

I spent most of 2007 feeling pretty spectacular about myself. For the first time in my life, I had a flat stomach and thighs that didn't rub together when I wore skirts or dresses. Then I got pregnant.