mental health

I Ate Psychedelic Mushrooms to Treat My Postpartum Depression

"Project Baby—My First Year As a Less Than Perfect Mother" author Julie Ugleholdt says that microdosing shrooms helped her mental health.
Maria Brus Pedersen

Michelle Obama Wants You to Talk About Your Miscarriage

Former first lady Michelle Obama got candid about her miscarriage and using IVF to conceive her two daughters, Sasha and Malia.
Terry Nguyen

Women in Labor Are Being Turned Away From UK Hospitals

I narrowly avoided giving birth in my car after midwives said I wasn't ready to be admitted. I'm not the only mom this has happened to, either.
Carly Lewis-Oduntan
reproductive health

Women Are Being Denied Epidurals During Childbirth. Here's Why.

A forum post that asked mothers "anyone else tricked out of epidural?" attracted 1,000 replies in under two weeks.
Elysha Krupp

The Things We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Motherhood

We spoke with the author of "Motherhood," Sheila Heti, one of the strongest voices in a new literary wave discussing the shame, guilt, and expectations surrounding parenthood.
Marta Bausells
My First Time

Sex After Childbirth Wasn't At All What I Expected

After having two children, Amy Cooper developed a new relationship with sex, but not the one post-pregnancy rumors had led her to fear.
Amy Cooper
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
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

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
health care

The 'Husband Stitch' Leaves Women in Pain and Without Answers

The infamous post-birth procedure—in which doctors suture the vaginal entrance narrower than necessary without the patient's consent—is just one of the ways in which women are mistreated during and after childbirth.
Mary Halton
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

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