Trying to Avoid Racist Health Care, Black Women Seek out Black Obstetricians

In addition to shared culture and values, a Black physician can offer Black patients a sense of safety, validation and trust

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Working as a Rainbow Doula Lets Me Be Myself

I love creating a safe space in the birthing room, empowering my LGBTQ+ clients and advocating for them during the birth process.

Real Women, Real Stories

Pregnancy During a Pandemic: the Stress of COVID-19 on Pregnant Women and New Mothers Is Showing

The pandemic has dramatically changed the pregnancy experience and the U.S. may have 500,000 fewer births as a result.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Black Women Turn to Midwives to Avoid COVID and ‘Feel Cared For’

Fear of the pandemic and historically poor outcomes for Black women giving birth in hospitals is fuelling a demand for home births.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

New Moms & Babies Are Leaving Maternity Wards Earlier Than Usual Due to Coronavirus

Here's what you need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic causing moms and newborns to leave the maternity ward earlier than usual.

Your Health

A Midwife's Take on How Birth Is 'Managed' in the US

Each labor and delivery is different, so there's no one "right" way to do it. But this midwife thinks it may be time to take a new look at birth practices and interventions in the U.S.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

The Surprising Mental-Health Consequences of General Anesthesia During Birth

A new study finds a strong link between general anesthesia and postpartum depression.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Opioids: An Evolving Health Crisis for Women

Opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, continue to harm women and families. Women are at greater risk for OUD because of biologic differences, and women also have higher rates of chronic pain.

Your Health

Considering a Home Birth? Here's What You Need to Know

A home birth can be a safe and natural way to give birth, but you need to discuss it with your partner, make sure you're a good candidate and be prepared.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Is There a Safer Choice Than Opioids After a C-Section?

Expectant moms often try to plan as many aspects of their upcoming delivery as they can. But one thing they might not consider is what type of pain relief they will choose if they need to have a C-section.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Doctors Urged to Discuss Cord Blood Donations Early in Pregnancy

A leading group of U.S. pediatricians is encouraging parents to donate to public cord blood banks after the birth of their children.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Opioids Overprescribed After C-Sections

Women are routinely prescribed more opioid painkillers than they need after c-sections.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Breastfeeding May Reduce Pain From C-Section

Breastfeeding for a longer time may help women reduce the risk of chronic pain after a cesarean delivery.

Your Health

Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth

Pregnant women who've had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications, researchers warn.

Pregnancy & Postpartum