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Why The Rate Of Childbirth Complications Is Rising Despite Most Being Preventable

Why The Rate Of Childbirth Complications Is Rising Despite Most Being Preventable

The maternal mortality rate in America is a lot higher than you think. And what’s worse is that the complications that some mothers experience are easily preventable. There needs to be better care for mothers, especially in a nation advanced as America. Leah Bahrencu’s kidneys and liver shut down. Samantha Blackwell spent a month in a coma. Cindel Pena suffered […]

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How Black Women Are The Most Vulnerable To Maternal Deaths

How Black Women Are The Most Vulnerable To Maternal Deaths

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye and send her home. The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding through tall arched windows and pouring […]

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The New Status Symbol: Rich Mothers With Big Families

The New Status Symbol: Rich Mothers With Big Families

There is a well-known relationship between income/education level and family size. The higher a woman’s income/education level, the fewer children she will have. This has held true for quite a while: until now. According to the US Census, in the last three decades, the negative correlation between a woman’s income/education level and number of children has reversed. Women in families […]

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It’s Time To Pay Attention To Maternal Deaths

It’s Time To Pay Attention To Maternal Deaths

It’s become clear that not enough is known by society and some in the medical community about pregnancy and maternal death. There are shocking statistics detailing this issue and the healthcare system needs an update — for the sake of mothers. This year ProPublica and NPR are investigating why, as maternal mortality has declined around the world, U.S. rates of […]

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The Silent Victims Of Domestic Violence

The Silent Victims Of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is fraught with stereotypes and assumptions. If asked to envision a domestic violence scenario, I doubt that most people will picture a white, upper-class family in the suburbs. Domestic violence has long been stereotyped as a low-income problem. There’s this belief that wealthy families just don’t experience violence. And while it is true that financial strain can definitely […]

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Post-Pregnancy Body Stigmas That Must End

Post-Pregnancy Body Stigmas That Must End

After giving birth, society expects new mothers to revert to their original body shape. But achieving such a task requires time and energy, which is difficult especially when there are newborn children to care. These stigmas must end because they cultivate a negative way of thinking and bring about undue pressure on mothers.   Author’s Note: Since many messages about post-pregnancy bodies […]

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What’s Happening To Maternal Healthcare In Rural America?

What’s Happening To Maternal Healthcare In Rural America?

We’ve iterated before how the proper treatment and care for mothers in America is at risk. And unfortunately, the mothers who are in most need of maternal care aren’t able to get it. Maternity care is disappearing from America’s rural counties, and for the 28 million women of reproductive age living in those areas, pregnancy and childbirth are becoming more […]

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Education For Postpartum Nurses Needs Improvement

Education For Postpartum Nurses Needs Improvement

Over the past few years, maternal mortality has risen in America. Postpartum nurses need to be given better information to prevent any dangers that can take place for new mothers in the hours and days after childbirth. The solutions can be simple, but must be put into practice across the nation. This story was co-published with NPR. In recent months, […]

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Modern Masculinity For A Compassionate Future

Modern Masculinity For A Compassionate Future

As many families prepare to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, let’s consider what masculinity traditionally means. The phrase, “be a man,” is indicative of power and unfortunately, violence plus a lack of emotion. This is a narrow standard to put upon men and if we want a more equal future, the way we understand masculinity has to change. As I […]

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Why We Must Teach Feminism To Our Sons

Why We Must Teach Feminism To Our Sons

We know the future is female. But we must work to cultivate a better society, one that will empower young women and men. And the best way to achieve that is to teach feminism to our future generations. Parenting is a lot of very hard work, and trying to parent according to our principles can sometimes feel totally exhausting. I’m […]

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Mother, Baby, And Carrier: A Growing Bond

Mother, Baby, And Carrier: A Growing Bond

Mothers. They undergo such a unique experience when they choose to have children. Mothers have the chance to witness their children grow and develop, which can be fulfilling and bittersweet! For Mother’s Day weekend, we’d like to highlight one mother as she adjusts her baby carrier for her growing child.  When I was editing these photos, there’s this gross feeling […]

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Having The Period Talk? Don’t Forget These 4 Things

Having The Period Talk? Don’t Forget These 4 Things

By many people in our society, menstruation is still a taboo that one does not dare discuss. It’s a topic saved for woman-to-woman interactions in private settings. The taboo-status is changing as more women actively create awareness about it and demystify it, but we’ll most likely never see it casually discussed on daily media. This must change and it starts […]

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Young Girl Unable To Join Family In US Because Of Trump’s Ban

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President Donald Trump had an extremely busy first week in the presidential office. But the week ended with one of his most grievous orders yet: he put an 90-day immigration ban from seven countries in an effort to stay safe from “terrorism.” This has spurred many citizens, lawyers, and leaders to action. They will fight for the rights of people, but […]

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