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Is Motherhood the Most Selfish Act of All?

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The mother figure has become synonymous with sacrifice and nobility when ultimately we are fulfilling our own needs and desires as we undertake this role.

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Study Claims Epidurals Don’t Slow Labor

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A recent study by Obstetrics and Genecology debunks the idea that an epidural prolongs labor.

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On Becoming a Mother

by ParentCo.

Before I had my first baby, I thought I knew myself reasonably well: my faults, failures, and where I excelled.

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Until Gwen

by ParentCo.

The office bathroom stall was dark, but not so dark that I couldn’t see the contrast of red on white.

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ICP: the Pregnancy Complication We Almost Missed

by ParentCo.

ICP affects 6,000 pregnant women a year. Without an internet search, this story could have turned out differently.

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How You Decide to Become a Mother: A Letter to My Child-Free Self

by ParentCo.

You are going to take a walk one evening, just before you turn 30, and by the time you get home, you will have made the decision that will change your life.

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Being a Lighthouse in an Ocean of Grief

by ParentCo.

It was nearly two years from the date of my third miscarriage when I sat with other women who had experienced pregnancy and infant loss.

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I Don’t Regret My Birth Plan: Notes From the Forever C-Section Mom

by ParentCo.

We all have the ideal plans for how we're going to raise our kids and how they will turn out. Then life happens.

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ICU I See Me

by ParentCo.

I gestured that I wanted a pen and paper. "What happened?" was the first question I asked as I did my best not to bite through the tube.

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No Son of Mine...

by ParentCo.

Before I broadly bash modern-day childrearing, allow me to point a finger squarely at the mirror. I do not want my son to follow in my flawed footsteps.

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Questions Not to Ask a Woman Who Has Passed Her Due Date

by ParentCo.

If you hope not to piss off a woman who has passed her due date, never ask the following

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Peace and Love During Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

by ParentCo.

It’s 2017 and I have learned to smile again. I have two amazing “rainbow babies.” Still, I do not forget where I came from.

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Moms-To-Be, You Should Still Get Flu Vaccines

by ParentCo.

A clickbait article is spreading like, well, the flu, and is likely to significantly impact pregnant women's behavior at doctors' offices this flu season.

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Open Letter to Preeclampsia

by ParentCo.

Sure, I would've preferred a nice hotel and massage, but three weeks on an intermittently-inflating bed and five AM blood draws were a close approximation.

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What Happened When I Had the Kind of Birth I Thought I Wanted

by ParentCo.

I wanted to believe – don’t we all – that there was a perfect birth for me and, if I played my cards right, such an experience was mine for the taking.

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Pregnant With Number 3: the Week by Week Narrative

by ParentCo.

And sister, I gotta be honest: this ain't your first rodeo. So you need a new calendar. A give-it-to-you-straight calendar.

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Why You Might Consider Having a Doula in Your Corner

by ParentCo.

Doulas can offer more than just emotional support and can help new mothers have control over what happens to them in childbirth.

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New Research Suggests Treating Anxiety Doesn't Have to Take a Backseat During Pregnancy

by ParentCo.

A new study about the safety of benzodiazepines during pregnancy might give mothers some peace of mind about treating anxiety during pregnancy.

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All the Things You Don't Have to Fret About Finishing Before the Baby Comes

by ParentCo.

All you need to bring your baby home from the hospital is one outfit, one car seat, and enough diapers to get you through the day. Don't sweat the rest.

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I'm Calling it My "Miscourage"

by ParentCo.

If one in four women have miscarriages, why isn’t it talked about more commonly?

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I'm Pregnant With My Third, Is That a Disaster for the Climate?

by ParentCo.

Every kid adds an additional 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions to be produced each year. But does having fewer children help solve global warming?

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From Twilight Sleep to Push Presents: How Birth Has Changed Through the Decades

by ParentCo.

Since the dawn of time, the process of birth has evolved. But no period in history has seen such monumental change as we have in the last several decades.

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How You Can Wholly Support Someone Who’s Infertile or Has Experienced Pregnancy Loss

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You'll Never Find the Right Time to Follow Your Dreams, So Don't Bother Waiting

by ParentCo.

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