Hot Right Now: Letting Your Newborn Keep His Placenta for Six Days

Okay, brace yourself. There's a birthing technique that will allow you to live in a house with a Keurig and some wifi but still keep the umbilical cord attached from your baby to its placenta postpartum until it detaches on its own, about a week later, just like chimpanzees do. Sure, it requires lugging the thing… » 10/28/13 1:00pm 10/28/13 1:00pm

Nature Is Cruel: Women Who Are Afraid of Giving Birth Have Longer…

No matter how you slice it, childbirth is scary. You're trying to squeeze a pretty large baby head (and shoulders and the rest) through a pretty narrow channel (vagina!), and yes, in theory, your body is designed to do this and it will work—but what if it doesn't? We all know that practically every woman in labor is… » 6/27/12 10:00am 6/27/12 10:00am

Home Births Are Actually Kind of Dangerous

Now that Ricki Lake made it seem empowering and supermodels made it seem chic, home births are experiencing a spike in popularity. But a second look at a previous study—that is often used by home birth advocates to support their claims that the practice is just as safe as hospital births—reveals that the perinatal… » 6/25/12 5:30pm 6/25/12 5:30pm

Woman Who's Been a Surrogate Mother 11 Times Officially Retires Her…

For most women, the idea of carrying four of their own children is more than enough. But one woman did that much and then kept right on going. Meredith Olafson, of Fargo, North Dakota, has delivered 15 babies. That is approaching Duggar levels of birthing. Unlike the Duggars, though, most of the babies didn't belong to … » 4/10/12 11:55pm 4/10/12 11:55pm

Don't You Know? Jordan's Breasts Are For Flashing Not Nursing!

  • Breast milk proponents in the UK are calling for a ban on baby formula advertisements after an ad appeared alongside a photo of mammary-enhanced new mom Jordan in a gossip rag. Um, clearly she was just worried about the baby suffocating. [Daily Mail]
  • Statistics show that while more women vote than men, single gals…
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