Everyone's eager to meet baby, but are elective inductions safe?

Elective inductions are on the rise in the United States, and while this means many excited mothers get to meet their babies sooner than if they waited for labor to begin spontaneously, it also means they are much more likely to meet their babies as a result of a cesarean section, which of course comes with it's own set of risks to both mother and child. According to a study linked on Birthfriend's Place to Ponder: ...more

I'm so glad everything turned out OK with your induction, despite Cytotec being involved. At ...more

BlogHers Act: Healthy Moms and Babies

It is my pleasure to introduce you to my nephew, henceforth known as "The Heir to the Throne Jr" unless I forget and blog him by his real name or the nickname my mom and I were discussing for him this morning. I'll keep you posted on that. ...more

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Loss of insurance - another price to pay after a c-section?

An article in the New York Times this weekend reported that some women are being forced to pay higher health insurance premiums or are being denied insurance coverage all together if they've had a Caesarean section in their past. Peggy Robertson of Centennial, Colo., was turned down for individual health coverage by Golden Rule Insurance Company because she had given birth by c-section. No matter that she was in perfect health. ...more

Having been in the industry for a while, initially on the operations side, there are a lot of ...more

BlogHers Act: Maternal Health News

Every time I start to think about covering BlogHers Act: Maternal Health for HerBadMother I find myself thinking about just how awesome it would be to have a tiny week old baby of my own. But then one of the six kids I already have does something to interrupt the mood and my blogging. The 24 year old just called to tell me I get to meet her new boyfriend next week and then the 18 year old came in and started banging around upstairs. My big kids are very, very loud. Excuse me a second. ...more

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

BlogHers Act: There's still more work to do

As of the time this post was written, we've worked together to raise $5,870. That's a good solid donation but it's not nearly enough. The women and children and families of Afghanistan, Africa, Burkina Faso, Burma, China, Darfur, and Nepal still need our help. I went surfing the news headlines for all of these regions and here's what I found: ...more

~Denise
BlogHer Community Manager

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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

BlogHers Act and BlogHer's matching funds: The best I ever felt about spending so much

I just spent $2,200 in the blink of an eye...easiest money I ever spent. Check out our BlogHers Act/Global Giving fundraising widget: ...more

I admit I did a doubletake, but loved seeing that number jump up yesterday. Thank you, ...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

BlogHer Donation Challenge - Please Visit and Comment

It's the final day of my BlogHers Act Donation Challenge and I'm begging you to please stop by and comment. I still need 70 comments to reach my 100 comment goal and donate $100 to one of the BlogHer-supported maternal health funds. I've been noticing plenty of traffic on my blog over the last few days, but not an increase in comments, so please, if you visit, take a moment to comment. Every comment counts toward my donation total. ...more