Childbirth

maternal health
maternal health

New Bill Could Help Save Black Mothers' Lives

“Starting or growing your family shouldn’t mean putting your life at risk."
Kimberly Lawson
5.10.18
obstetric violence
obstetric violence

There Is a Hidden Epidemic of Doctors Abusing Women in Labor, Doulas Say

According to doulas, women are often treated horribly while they're in labor, with medical professionals engaging in abusive behavior that ranges from nonconsensual episiotomies to sexual assault.
Sarah Yahr Tucker
5.8.18
Childbirth
Childbirth

What It's Like to Live with a Pathological Fear of Pregnancy

My intense phobia of pregnancy consumes my life, to the extent that I'm currently celibate—but I'm still terrified I might be carrying a child. Still, research on my condition is scant.
Gemima Rigby
5.4.18
black maternal health
black maternal health

Black Mothers Share the Devastating Impact of Racism in Maternal Health Care

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, four Black women share their pregnancy and childbirth experiences to highlight the lasting impact of the racism and trauma Black women too often face when entering motherhood.
Kimberly Lawson
4.17.18
Childbirth
Childbirth

The Joys and Pains of Childbirth Around the World, in Photos

As part of the "Universal Motherhood" project, female photographers documented women from five different countries as they gave birth.
Tom Seymour
4.3.18
Childbirth
Childbirth

How We Think Sex Changes After Childbirth Versus How It Actually Changes

A new study shows that many women believe that vaginal childbirth will negatively affect their sex life, but experts say it's more complicated than that.
Kimberly Lawson
12.6.17
Health
Health

The Indian Women Consulting With Astrologers to Time Their Childbirths

Across India, women are opting to schedule their caesarian sections to coincide with holy festivals and auspicious astrological dates. But doctors warn this tradition can be dangerous—and sometimes prove fatal.
Puja Changoiwala
11.1.17
maternity
maternity

Women in Rural Counties Are Losing Access to Maternal Care

Childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization in the US, but a new study highlights the diminishing access to obstetric services in rural areas, especially for black women and lower-income households.
Kimberly Lawson
9.6.17
Health
Health

New Mom 'Sliced in Half' in Horrific Hospital Elevator Accident

Twenty-five-year-old Rocio Cortes Nunez died en route to a maternity ward in Seville, Spain, shortly after delivering her third child via C-section.
Sirin Kale
8.21.17
LGBTQ
LGBTQ

How LGBTQ Childbirth Classes Demolish the 'Perfect Mother' Stereotype

A Berlin-based midwife who cares for queer families explains why we desperately need to expand our definition of motherhood.
Barbara Kreuzpointner
7.10.17
Health
Health

Pregnant Women in India Told to Look at Cute Babies and Avoid 'Lusty Thoughts'

New public health advice has attracted ridicule after advising expectant mothers to avoid meat, eggs, and thinking about sex.
Sirin Kale
6.20.17
Yemen
Yemen

Giving Birth in Air Strikes: The Life-Threatening Horrors of Pregnancy in Yemen

The civil war and subsequent famine in Yemen has gone largely unnoticed by the international community. In a country that is being slowly starved and bombed to death, pregnant women and children are among those suffering worst.
Sirin Kale
4.5.17