China's heroic mother and the importance of breastfeeding in natural disasters

By now many of you have probably read about police officer Jiang Xiaojuan of China who became a national, and then international, hero practically over night. After the devastating Chinese earthquake on May 12, the 29 year-old mother of a 6-month-old son, was called to duty. What she encountered when she reported for duty was babies crying in hunger and that's when her maternal instincts kicked in. ...more

I loved this story when I read it. So touching. A true mom ...more

Raising Awareness about the Life-Shattering Condition of Obstetric Fistula

If you had asked me a few days ago what an obstetric fistula was, I'd have shrugged my shoulders and told you, "I don't know." Thanks to advances in modern medicine and in obstetric and midwifery care, fistula has been eradicated in North America for over 100 years. Although the condition has been long since forgotten here, there are at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with fistula, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. These estimates are believed to be low. ...more

I first found out about this condition while watching Oprah who was showing portions of the ...more

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights (May 15) is another opportunity to raise awareness about maternal health, Myanmar relief

On Thursday, May 15, Blogcatalog.com is challenging bloggers to Unite for Human Rights by posting words, pictures and/or videos. While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. ...more

Thank you all for posting the links to your Bloggers Unite posts. I added them to a post on ...more

Mother's Day + Economic Stimulus + Comment Love = 3 Occasions to Donate to Save Women's Lives

After reading Denise's BlogHer post last week that the gift of maternal health is the perfect Mother's Day gift, I thought "this really is perfect!" I blogged it and suggested that not only is it a great cause, but it is also a great consumerism/stuff-free gift, something that I feel, in our consumerism-driven society, is so important, but so ofte ...more

I thought I might get away with the blog post I made about giving my mom the gift of maternal ...more

BlogHers get creative with donation ideas for Global Giving. There's still time to act and save women's lives.

It's been just over two weeks since Lisa Stone announced that BlogHers Act was teaming up with Global Giving to make a difference on the issue of maternal health and asked, "How many women's lives can we save with donations from the BlogHer community, between now and Mother's Day?" ...more

I certainly hope you get those 200 comments!

~Denise
BlogHer Community Manager

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Is Your Child's Sunscreen Causing More Harm than Good?

The Centers for Disease Control recently came out with some bad news for nearly all Americans who use sunscreen. A recent study shows one of the commonly used ingredients in most sunscreens (for adults, children as well as babies), a chemical called oxybenzone, has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. In fact according to the study, 97% of Americans are contaminated with this chemical. ...more

BlogHers Act: Help 40,000 displaced Darfurians receive health care

Sunday, April 13 marked the five year anniversary of the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Five years of systematic and widespread murder, rape, abduction, and forced displacement. That's longer than my almost 4-year-old daughter's lifetime. It's impossible for me to imagine what it must be like trying to raise your children in the midst of such conditions, yet for the people of Darfur, life must go on. ...more

I saw your blog post this morning, and thank you and the other folks who are coming up with ...more

Help Afghan women safely birth healthy babies

Yesterday Lisa Stone announced that BlogHer has teamed up with Global Giving in an effort to save as many women's lives as possible between now and Mother's Day. There are several worthwhile causes to support, one of which is helping Afghan women safely birth healthy babies. ...more

Thank you for sharing all this great info.  You hear so much about these countries on the ...more

Attachment parenting works for us & announcements from API

As many of you know, I'm a big advocate of attachment parenting. I've seen the benefits of raising my children according to AP principles such as breastfeeding (feeding with love), baby wearing, responsive nighttime parenting, gentle discipline, etc. My husband Jody and I didn't start out the road to parenting set on AP, it just kind of happened. ...more

There's more to birth than doctors

It seems odd to me now that there ever was a time in my life when I didn't have much knowledge about birth or birth care providers, but when I became pregnant with my first child that's exactly where I was at. I knew that I wanted to try for a natural birth, but I didn't know much more beyond that. And so I found myself an obstetrician since that was what "everybody" I knew did. I didn't have any local mommy friends at the time to offer up their recommendations, so I made my decision on an OB based on the experience a coworker and his wife had. ...more

I had my first two children via cesarean and I spent some time looking for a midwife to ...more