Women in Labor Can’t Hold In Their Babies. Nurses Tell Them To Do It Anyway

Mothers in labor are often asked to delay birth to accommodate doctors’ schedules. In many cases, it can have harmful consequences.
Kimberly Lawson
black maternal health

When Will the US Protect Black Women From Dying in Childbirth?

Across the United States, politicians are taking steps toward enacting legislation that reduces racist bias against pregnant Black women and infants. But there's still a challenging journey ahead.
Kimberly Lawson
Parental Advisory

Why Are Women Still Refusing Painkillers During Childbirth?

An increasing number of American women are choosing to have their babies delivered with fewer interventions.
Natasha Preskey
The VICE Guide to Right Now

This Mom Left Her Placenta in a Park for a Birthday 'Holistic Ritual'

A year after giving birth, a Toronto-area mother wanted to return the placenta and other things "to nature." Why she would do that in a public park is anyone’s guess.
Mack Lamoureux

Women in Labor Are Being Turned Away From UK Hospitals

I narrowly avoided giving birth in my car after midwives said I wasn't ready to be admitted. I'm not the only mom this has happened to, either.
Carly Lewis-Oduntan
reproductive health

Women Are Being Denied Epidurals During Childbirth. Here's Why.

A forum post that asked mothers "anyone else tricked out of epidural?" attracted 1,000 replies in under two weeks.
Elysha Krupp
Fighting Words

People Who Want Home Births Have to Jump Through All Kinds of Hoops

While giving birth at home is legal in all 50 states, midwifery regulations in some states limit families’ access to skilled birth attendants.
Kathi Valeii
women's health

The miracle clinic

For three decades, Dr. Cynthia Maung has practiced medicine on the Thai-Burmese border and learned the best way to deliver care to women and babies living through conflict and crisis.
Rebecca Grant
maternal health

New Bill Could Help Save Black Mothers' Lives

“Starting or growing your family shouldn’t mean putting your life at risk."
Kimberly Lawson

There Is a Hidden Epidemic of Doctors Abusing Women in Labor, Doulas Say

According to doulas, women are often treated horribly while they're in labor, with medical professionals engaging in abusive behavior that ranges from nonconsensual episiotomies to sexual assault.
Sarah Yahr Tucker

What It's Like to Live with a Pathological Fear of Pregnancy

My intense phobia of pregnancy consumes my life, to the extent that I'm currently celibate—but I'm still terrified I might be carrying a child. Still, research on my condition is scant.
Gemima Rigby
black maternal health

Black Mothers Share the Devastating Impact of Racism in Maternal Health Care

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, four Black women share their pregnancy and childbirth experiences to highlight the lasting impact of the racism and trauma Black women too often face when entering motherhood.
Kimberly Lawson