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Giant Panda Gives Birth To Twins at National Zoo

The National Zoo in Washington, DC announced that its giant panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth to twins. “All of us are thrilled that Mei Xiang has given birth,” Dennis Kelly, the zoo’s director said in a statement. “We know Mei is an excellent mother.” The zoo doesn’t know the cubs’ sex yet, but plans to perform an exam… » 8/23/15 11:00am 8/23/15 11:00am

Lesbian Moms Say Arkansas Won't Put Both Parents on Birth Certificate

Three lesbian couples have sued Arkansas’s state health officials, saying the department refuses to put both parents on their children’s birth certificates. They say the State Health Department will only put the biological mother on a birth certificate, and requires a court order to include the other parent. » 7/14/15 2:15pm 7/14/15 2:15pm

WHO: Unnecessary C-Sections Can Lead to Long-Term Complications 

In a statement released today, the World Health Organization warned that medically unnecessary Caesarean sections can endanger women and infants, saying they’re associated with both “short and long term risk which can extend many years beyond the current delivery and affect the health of the woman, her child, and… » 4/10/15 6:20pm 4/10/15 6:20pm

The Legend of Countess Margaret, Who Birthed 365 Mouse-Sized Children

Here is how the story goes: One day, the Countess Margaret of Henneberg met a poor woman who said she was carrying twins. The countess was confounded by the prospect of birthing two children at the same time. She told the poor woman that the only way twins were possible was if they had two different fathers. Outraged,… » 1/05/15 1:10pm 1/05/15 1:10pm

Here's an Amazing Photo From the Christmas Day Philly Train Birth

A woman gave birth to a baby on public transit in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. It was a miracle in itself that it A. happened and B. happened on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA), which looks substantially cleaner than any or all of the trains currently running through New York State. » 12/26/14 6:00pm 12/26/14 6:00pm

An Unnatural Birth: In Praise of the Caesarean Section

I'm sitting, exhausted, in a tiny circle of new mommies, almost all of us first-timers, with our two-month-old babies in our laps. Some of the babies are sleeping, some are awake. For most of us, I assume, it was a struggle to even get here, to this meetup. It certainly was for me. The mommies are trading birthing… » 10/09/14 1:10pm 10/09/14 1:10pm

Little Girl Watching Her Own Birth Feels All the Emotions

I am so glad I was born before recording a child's birth was the norm (although my mother happily tells me I had to be forcibly evicted from the womb) because I don't know if I would be able to stand the emotional roller coaster of watching myself come into existence. The little girl in this video, however, seems to… » 5/11/14 10:30pm 5/11/14 10:30pm