Doula’s Facebook and Instagram deactivated for birth photos deemed “pornographic”

Last week, I shared the story of a leading birth photographer, Monet Moutrie, who was banned by Facebook months after she posted a video tribute to mothers. Many commenters shared her outrage that a collection of images of moms birthing their babies would constitute a violation of the social media site’s community standards. Especially since the footage contained no private parts of mothers or newborns. In the wake of this…

Serena Williams saved her own life during six days of postpartum hell

Serena Williams (new mom, tennis champ and general badass who isn’t afraid to advocate for her own health) is sharing her daughter’s birth story for the first time. Though lucky enough to have an enviably easy pregnancy, the 36-year-old went through a harrowing postpartum ordeal. The drama began when Serena was rushed to have an emergency c-section after daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.’s heart rate plummeted during contractions. Serena’s new…

14 Truths No One Tells You About Giving Birth

Don’t get tied to a birth plan iStock/sneksy Preparing a birth plan—do you want to have a natural birth, the type of music playing, who will cut the umbilical cord—can be helpful in structuring the birth hypothetically, but labor and delivery (L&D) nurses caution being too attached to it. “We always joke, the longer the birth plan, the more likely you are to get all these interventions,” says Suzanne Ketchem,…

Third trimester woes: I’m huge and I hate everyone

Don;t ask me to explain the logic of a heavily pregnant lady. I’m eight months pregnant myself and I don’t understand it. What is it about sleepless nights, shooting groin pain, and carrying around an extra fifty pounds that can make a person so angry? Oh, wait. Probably all of those things…in addition to hemorrhoids, hair growing in unspeakable places, and the feeling your circulation is being compromised if a…

Video: Externally turning a breech baby looks painful…and amazing

Nick and Vanessa Fisher are passionate about prenatal care and birth options, so when their doctor recommended an External Cephalic Version [ECV] to turn their breech baby they filmed and shared the procedure. In just a few short weeks nearly three million people have watched. Now it’s your turn. **Warning Graphic** Dr. Cummings performs a successful External Cephalic Version [ECV] to turn our breech baby at 38 weeks. Prior to the…

The Top 5 Reasons to Choose Keter For Your Garden Shed

Recently I had the opportunity to assemble a Keter large garden Duotech storage shed – the Oakland 757. This shed model is approximately 7.5 x 7 feet in size. With roughly 50 square feet, this shed offers a good amount of space for storage. I’ll be honest – I’m not very keen on doing any kind of product assembly. Why? Well, maybe I’m just a little unmotivated in doing these…

PODCAST: How This College Football Field Was Turned Into an Urban Farm

“In a story that’s become well-known, the college turned its football field into a 2-acre organic farm in 2010. Still demarcated by the goalposts, the farm donates some produce, as well as selling to restaurants and grocery stores.” via “DallasNews.com” “When Michael Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn College in 2007, the place was nearly broke and faced a possible loss of accreditation. Sorrell wasn’t interested in following…

This “Harmless” Teen Habit Could Be as Dangerous as Smoking a Pack a Day

Syda Productions/Shutterstock What sounds like the name of a new dance, JUULing is instead a dangerous form of vaping sweeping through high school hallways and bathrooms across the country. Research from Truth Initiative shows that 25 percent of 15- to–24-year-old JUUL users do not identify their behavior as vaping, instead referring to it as “JUULing.” And kids may be equally clueless as to what they are actually inhaling when they…

Khloe Kardashian’s fears about her pregnant belly button are so relatable

Whether you’ve been pregnant before or you’re sporting your first-ever bump, chances are you’ve experienced some level of anxiety about your body. Will I get stretch marks? How will I manage to shed all of this baby weight? Will my belly button ever be the same? If it makes you feel any better, even celebrities worry about these things — including Khloé Kardashian. If you’re not a “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” fan,…