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CNN Hero: Catalina Escobarupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 16:05:00

Catalina Escobar and her foundation provide education and support to teen moms in Colombia.

Louisiana school reconsiders policy that can force students to take pregnancy testupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 11:40:00

A publicly funded school in Louisiana said Tuesday that it may rethink requiring students suspected of being pregnant to be tested medically and, if pregnant, to be home schooled.

Too many mothers still dyingupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 07:45:00

The number of women dying of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications has been cut nearly in half over the past two decades, reflecting important and hard-won gains in improving access to family planning and maternal health across the world.

They didn't know they were pregnantupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 11:57:00

Amanda Burger and Amanda Prentice live more than 700 miles apart. They have never met, but they share something even more unusual than a first name.

Celebs and civilians alike expected to 'bounce back' after babyupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:12:00

Is it just me, or are we a little obsessed with how celebrities look after having babies? Sure, famous people are always fun to watch (especially when they do cool things like Mila Kunis and save lives), but could all this ogling their midsections, thighs, butts and boobs shortly after they've experienced one of the most natural and precious experiences of their lives be a little ... twisted?

Poor girls aren't condemned to pregnancy, povertyupdated: Fri May 25 2012 06:43:00

"Why is the teen birth rate in the United States so high, and why does it matter?" Those questions are posed in the title of a new paper in the Journal of Economic Perspectives getting a good deal of applause on the Internet.

Jessica Simpson baby weight controversyupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 10:27:00

Showbiz Tonight asks: Is it fair for people to criticize Jessica Simpson for gaining weight during her pregnancy?

Was that guy hot for my baby bump?updated: Wed Apr 11 2012 10:27:00

I recently saw video of an interview I'd done a couple years ago, when I was ginormously pregnant. Next to Annie Lennox, I was nine months along, with body parts bloated beyond recognition and heading in directions they normally don't.

Girls at risk: Starting a revolution for teenage mothers updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:28:00

Sierra Leone and Liberia have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 15-24 year olds accounting for 40% of such deaths) and two years ago, agencies IPPF and FORWARD listened to hundreds of African voices talking about sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Santorum blasts prenatal testing policyupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 06:59:00

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum challenges the prenatal testing policy found in the 2010 health care legislation.

Disability law should cover pregnant workersupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 11:00:00

In most of the country, employers can force pregnant workers out of the workplace when their pregnancy interferes with their normal job duties.

Diabetes during pregnancy may raise ADHD riskupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 09:06:00

Young children are far more likely to experience attention and hyperactivity problems if their mother develops diabetes during pregnancy and they are born into a poor or lower-middle-class household, a new study suggests.

Lim wins CNN's Hero of the Yearupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 14:24:00

Robin Lim, a woman who has helped poor Indonesian women have a healthy pregnancy and birth, is 2011 CNN Hero of the Year.

What we learn before we're bornupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 11:28:00

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul discusses new research that shows how much we learn in the womb.

What babies learn before they're bornupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 11:28:00

When does learning begin? As I explain in the talk I gave at TED, learning starts much earlier than many of us would have imagined: in the womb.

Morning-after pill and teensupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 07:10:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on the government's ruling on the morning-after pill for young teens.

Sebelius contraception ruling a step backupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 07:10:00

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' directive overruling the Food and Drug Administration's decision to make emergency contraception available over the counter for all women, including girls under 17, was not only unprecedented, it was substantively without merit.

CNNMoney: Record 51% of moms get maternity leaveupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 16:44:00

For the first time ever, a majority of working women received paid maternity leave, according to a new study. But the U.S. still has a long way to go to catch up to the rest of the industrialized world.

Jessica Simpson: I already want to have more kids updated: Thu Nov 10 2011 10:24:00

Pregnancy has been no inconvenience for Jessica Simpson so far. In fact, she loves it.

Why is infant mortality still a U.S. problem?updated: Wed Nov 02 2011 11:37:00

If a measure of a successful society is its ability to prevent infant deaths, then there is an ugly truth in the United States today that public health officials know but the public largely does not: Too many of our babies are dying, and they don't have to.

Helping low-income women and babiesupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 07:17:00

Actress Kristin Davis introduces Top 10 CNN Hero Robin Lim, who helps poor women in Indonesia have healthy pregnancies.

In giving life, women face deadly risksupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 07:17:00

In Niger, a woman gives birth to an average of nearly eight children. Countries like Uganda, Mali and Somalia are close behind, with an average of six to seven children per woman.

Saving mothers and their babiesupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 11:21:00

Robin Lim is helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia have a healthy pregnancy and birth.

People.com: Melanie Brown Welcomes a Girlupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 15:30:00

The Spice Girl says she was laughing as she gave birth to her daughter

HypnoBirthing: Relax while giving birth?updated: Fri Aug 12 2011 10:06:00

Instead of contractions, they're called surges. And don't call it labor, it's birthing. When the discomfort of childbirth kicks in, it's pressure -- not pain.

Birth control should be fully covered under health plans, report saysupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 18:52:00

Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report recommends.

People.com: Mom-to-Be Rebecca Gayheart Loads Up on Summer Clothes in L.A.updated: Fri Jul 15 2011 15:10:00

• Was she buying maternity clothes? Mom-to-be Rebecca Gayheart stepped out and went shopping at Madison boutique's Melrose Avenue location in L.A. The friendly actress chatted with employees about her pregnancy and swooped up some summer must-haves, including an L Space swimsuit and Sunahara dress.

Post-baby weight gain raises diabetes risk in next pregnancyupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:06:00

Women who gain weight after giving birth for the first time dramatically increase their risk of developing pregnancy-related diabetes during their second pregnancy, a new study suggests.

Pregnant with cancerupdated: Mon May 16 2011 08:09:00

When she found the lump in her breast, Jessica Denton had known she was pregnant with her first child for just a few days.

2010: Mammograms in 30s: No benefit?updated: Mon May 16 2011 08:09:00

In 2010, a study found women with no family history of breast cancer do not benefit from mammograms at an early age.

Why I created MTV's '16 and Pregnant'updated: Thu May 05 2011 10:53:00

MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" have been called one of the best public service campaigns to prevent teen pregnancy. However, some critics have criticized the shows for "glamorizing" teen pregnancy.

People.com: PHOTO: Tia Mowry 'Embraces the Sexuality' of Pregnancyupdated: Thu May 05 2011 08:09:00

"I feel empowered," says The Game star, who is expecting a baby boy on July 3

Pesticide exposure in womb may hurt your child's IQupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 08:04:00

Children whose mothers are exposed to high amounts of certain pesticides while pregnant appear to have lower IQs than their peers when they reach school age, according to three government-funded studies released today.

People.com: Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott: We Want Four Kidsupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 17:49:00

"We always knew we wanted a big family," Spelling tells PEOPLE. "Four [children] keeps popping into my head"

Moms-to-be fears of eating fish unfoundedupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 11:02:00

When people find out I'm a dietitian, they often ask me what not to eat. I often find myself trying to gracefully redirect the topic. Although it's true Americans eat too much of various types of food, a fixation on risk and avoidance seems to have eclipsed efforts to eat wholesome, delicious foods.

Study: Major benefits for spina bifida surgery in the wombupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 11:27:00

Right before Christmas 2002, Tara Hallman was told her 20-week-old fetus had spina bifida, a common birth defect of the spine.

People.com: Why Kate Hudson Kept Her Pregnancy a Secret from Friendsupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 18:15:00

"I was just hoping … I could show up somewhere with a big belly," she says

Obsessions: 9021-OB-GYNupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 14:55:00

After years of tabloid photos of celebrities buying coffee, going to the gym and occasionally flashing the camera as they step out of cars, there's not a whole lot that is private in Hollywood anymore -- including childbirth.

Study finds no rise in post-abortion mental issuesupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 17:29:00

As if deciding how to handle an unplanned pregnancy wasn't stressful enough, several studies in recent years have suggested that young women who have an abortion may be at increased risk of mental health problems afterward.

Mom defies doctor, has baby her wayupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 13:28:00

On Thursday, December 2, as Aneka sat at home nine months pregnant, the phone rang.

Fish oil doesn't benefit new moms, babiesupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 20:06:00

Women who take fish-oil supplements during pregnancy are just as likely to experience postpartum depression as those who don't, and their babies' minds don't appear to develop more quickly, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

People.com: Penélope Cruz Shows Off Baby Bump in Londonupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 15:29:00

The actress, who is five months pregnant, flashes a sneak peek at London's Heathrow Airport

People.com: Kelly Preston Marvels at Her 'Terrific' Pregnancyupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 12:14:00

Husband John Travolta "and I are completely ready. My daughter is very excited too," says the actress

Maternal deaths drop by a third, report saysupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 11:34:00

The number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by a third in the past two decades, according to a report out Wednesday from four world bodies including Unicef and the World Health Organization.

The 'Teen Mom' phenomenonupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 16:10:00

"Teen Mom" is not only a spin-off, but the show is also spinning off its own success.

Can I use the sauna or steam room if I'm pregnant?updated: Mon Sep 06 2010 12:05:00

I just found out that I'm pregnant. I've heard that hot tubs aren't good during pregnancy, but what about steam rooms and saunas? I also like to do hot yoga.

Cast unveiled for 'Dancing'updated: Wed Sep 01 2010 23:47:00

We talk with the cast of this season's edition of "Dancing with the Stars".

Talking points for teen mom Bristol Palinupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 23:47:00

Bristol Palin remains the nation's most famous teen mother. From her GOP convention outing in 2008 to the formal announcement that she will be a glittery hoofer on the popular TV show "Dancing with the Stars," Bristol remains a pop culture tour de force.

Miscarriage? Try again ASAP, study suggestsupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 19:45:00

When women have a miscarriage, one of the first questions they often ask is how long they should wait before getting pregnant again. A new study suggests that the sooner they start trying, the better.

Can I still highlight my hair if I'm pregnant?updated: Mon Aug 02 2010 08:52:00

I just found out that I'm four weeks pregnant. Is it safe to continue highlighting my hair? Is there anything I should avoid while I'm pregnant?

French woman accused of killing 8 newborns 'very distressed'updated: Fri Jul 30 2010 12:57:00

A French woman who admitted to giving birth to and then smothering eight babies over a 17-year period is "falling apart," according to her attorney.

Woman charged in France over babies' bodiesupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 10:21:00

French prosecutors said Thursday they charged a woman with murder after she admitted giving birth to and smothering eight babies over a 17-year period in northern France.

Forever 21 asked about maternity lineupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 17:58:00

Forever 21, a clothing chain that attracts many under-21 customers with its inexpensive, trendy fashions, is being questioned about its motives in choosing a select group of states to carry its recently launched maternity line.

Teen hotspot adds maternity lineupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 17:58:00

Trendy fashion store Forever 21 is drawing controversy with its new maternity clothes. KGUN reports.

Do pregnancy and bipolar disorder mix?updated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:41:00

As recently as 10 years ago, doctors advised women with bipolar disorder not to have children. While that thinking is now dated, bipolar women often face tough decisions about how to handle their medication during pregnancy.

What if contraception were always covered?updated: Mon Jun 07 2010 12:00:00

A little-noticed provision in the sprawling health care reform law enacted in March could greatly expand access to contraception by requiring insurance companies to cover it without any out-of-pocket costs.

People.com: Céline Dion Is Happy to Have Morning Sicknessupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 14:52:00

The singer, who is expecting twins, says feeling nausea is reassuring that her pregnancy is progressing

Distress of 9/11 may have led to miscarriages, research saysupdated: Tue May 25 2010 07:42:00

The shock and stress felt by pregnant women after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, may have contributed to an increase in miscarriages of male fetuses in the United States, according to a study released Monday.

Dads get postpartum depression, tooupdated: Tue May 18 2010 12:36:00

Matthew and his wife were excited about the birth of their daughter in January 2008, and the proud father took a month off of work to spend time with his spouse and child.

iReporter talks postpartum depressionupdated: Fri May 14 2010 10:43:00

Chris Loo shares an iReport of her experience with postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression: When moms feel out of controlupdated: Fri May 14 2010 10:43:00

Nine years ago, Chris Loo thought about putting her newborn daughter, Becky, in a basket on the steps of a church down the street from her home, and leaving her there.

Bust that baby bulge -- realisticallyupdated: Wed May 12 2010 11:33:00

Sweating, sore and somewhat humiliated, Christina Jones ran and pushed the stroller with her screaming baby Claudia past Lane Bryant.

Study: Pregnant women should get more vitamin Dupdated: Sat May 01 2010 11:26:00

Pregnant women could -- and probably should -- consume 10 times more vitamin D than experts currently recommend, according to a new study.

Couples at greater risk of breakup after pregnancy lossupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 10:08:00

Ask anyone who's tried it: Sustaining a marriage or long-term relationship is hard. More than 40 percent of first marriages and nearly 70 percent of first live-in relationships fail to reach the 15-year mark, statistics show.

What exercise is safe during pregnancy?updated: Fri Mar 26 2010 09:27:00

What kinds of exercises are safest to do while pregnant? How much is too much, especially early in the pregnancy vs. later on?

Pregnant women die needlesslyupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 17:06:00

A new report shows that half of all women who die during pregnancy could be saved. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Doubling of maternal deaths in U.S. 'scandalous,' rights group saysupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 17:06:00

Deaths from pregnancy and childbirth in the United States have doubled in the past 20 years, a development that a human rights group called "scandalous and disgraceful" Friday.

What doctors don't tell you about C-sectionsupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 09:40:00

I was six months pregnant when a smiling stranger on a bus asked where I was delivering. Within minutes, this woman was sharing intimate details of her own birthing experience -- the water breaking, the contractions that failed to get closer together, and the way her doctor deftly sewed up the four-inch incision from her Caesarean section. "I'm telling you, this guy was good," she said. "Next time, I'm just scheduling my C-section. None of this pushing stuff."

How can a new mom who's lost her own mom battle depression?updated: Tue Nov 10 2009 10:30:00

My mom died nine months ago, and two days later, I gave birth to my daughter (she was full term, actually late, and completely healthy). I have been struggling with depression and all sorts of other medical problems since my mom passed. I cannot seem to get past crying over my mom. I cried all the time. We were very close, and losing her has been very hard. At the time, my husband was in Iraq, so I was dealing with a newborn by myself, as well as the loss of my best friend, my mom.

New help for moms with postpartum depressionupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 09:42:00

Shortly before last Mother's Day, 28-year-old Lauren Meehan-Machos broke down in front of her startled husband. "This is more than I can handle," she sobbed.

Pregnant and addictedupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 11:18:00

An inside look at Serenity Place, a center for pregnant women and mothers addicted to drugs.

Pregnant and addicted, mothers in South Carolina find hopeupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 11:18:00

Some are girlish 22-year-olds; others are women approaching 40. They come from South Carolina's rural counties and its booming cities. They are loud and muted, lively and vacant, hopeful and desperate.

Pregnant and addicted, mothers find hopeupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 10:39:00

Some are girlish 22-year-olds; others are women approaching 40. They come from South Carolina's rural counties and its booming cities. They are loud and muted, lively and vacant, hopeful and desperate.

Antidepressant use in pregnancy can affect newbornupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 15:23:00

More than one in 10 women develops depression during pregnancy. Now, a new study suggests that women who are treated with antidepressants are more likely to give birth early or to have newborns that need to spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit.

What to know about getting H1N1 vaccineupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 17:04:00

Next week, the long-awaited H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive. At least three of the four vaccine makers have begun shipping their products to undisclosed distribution centers.

Answers to H1N1 questionsupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 17:04:00

The swine flu vaccine is almost here. The question now is, will you get one? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen gets answers.

Mom, babies benefit from treating pregnancy-related diabetesupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 15:51:00

Women who develop a mild case of gestational diabetes during pregnancy tend to have fewer complications and healthier babies if the diabetes is treated, according to the first large-scale randomized trial in the U.S. to address whether such treatment leads to health benefits for mother and child.

Pregnant H1N1 volunteerupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 14:25:00

Meet a pregnant woman who signed up to test the new swine flu vaccine. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Surviving H1N1 -- with baby in bellyupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 14:25:00

For the past several months, Amy Wolf has been glued to the television, intently watching for information on how best to prepare for H1N1 flu.

People.com: Duggars Expecting Their 19th Child!updated: Tue Sep 01 2009 14:48:00

"This never gets old," says father-of-18 Jim Bob Duggar, whose wife Michelle is due in the spring

Make way for more Duggarsupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 13:15:00

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tonitown, Arkansas, who have 18 children and one grandchild on the way, are expecting a new addition to their household -- baby No. 19 will arrive in the spring.

Tweeting in labor: 'Epidural, yes please'updated: Tue Aug 11 2009 17:40:00

You might think childbirth would be a topic too personal, too beautiful or way too graphic to write about on Twitter.

Are you at risk for postpartum mood disorder?updated: Fri Jul 31 2009 16:19:00

When Holly Betten, 28, came home from the hospital after a rough delivery, she had one day to adjust to her new life as a mom before her husband went back to working 12-hour days as a computer-software architect.

Study: H1N1 virus more severely affects pregnant womenupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 23:44:00

Pregnant women infected with the H1N1 virus are more likely to be hospitalized from it and perhaps even more likely to die from it, according to a federal study released Wednesday.

The day DAD was pregnantupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 10:14:00

After my wife had given birth to our second child, my editor at BabyTalk called me with an assignment: See what it's like to be pregnant by wearing an "empathy belly" -- a sort of pregnancy suit for men (expectant dads try them on briefly during childbirth class) -- for one day.

People.com: Mira Sorvino's Third Child a 'Miracle Baby'updated: Tue Jul 14 2009 11:08:00

After a difficult pregnancy with life-threatening complications, the actress has a healthy son named Holden

Peru has high maternal mortality rate, rights group saysupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 18:28:00

Pregnant women in Peru are dying at scandalous rates, according to the author of an Amnesty International report into maternal mortality in the South American country.

Peru's pregnant women dying at 'scandalous' ratesupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 12:35:00

Pregnant women in Peru are dying at scandalous rates, according to the author of an Amnesty International report into maternal mortality in the South American country.

People.com: Fiancé: Kendra Wilkinson Is 'Studying Up' on Motherhoodupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 17:36:00

Hank Baskett says, "I've seen more baby television shows since she got pregnant than I have in my entire life"

People.com: Molly Ringwald 'Doesn't Hate' Being Pregnantupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 17:49:00

She says there's "something wonderful" about pregnancy, but is ready to be done with it

Many women put pregnancy plans on hold in shaky economyupdated: Thu May 28 2009 17:11:00

Diana Adam, 35, and her husband wanted to have a second child this year. The timing just seemed right. She had a job as a software engineer at a big market research company near San Francisco, California, and it had good benefits -- including paid maternity leave. He was looking for a faculty position after finishing his Ph.D. in sociology but had a steady job as a lecturer at a state university. Their first child, a boy, was three.

People.com: Melissa Joan Hart Reveals Her Bikini Bodyupdated: Thu May 28 2009 07:27:00

After two pregnancies, she ditches the cupcakes and turns up her workouts to get into the best shape of her life

Pregnant, teen and Latinaupdated: Tue May 19 2009 21:10:00

Teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. are highest among Latinas. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports

Supreme Court issues setback for female workersupdated: Tue May 19 2009 12:59:00

Decades-old time off given women for pregnancy leave cannot be counted when deciding pension eligibility, the Supreme Court decided Monday.

CNNMoney: High court ruling setback for female workersupdated: Mon May 18 2009 14:00:00

Decades-old time off given women for pregnancy leave cannot be counted when deciding pension eligibility, the Supreme Court decided Monday.

People.com: Maya Rudolph Is Expecting Baby No. 2updated: Tue May 12 2009 10:48:00

The SNL star is having another child with director Paul Thomas Anderson

Pregnant Briton denied lawyer visit in Laos, rights group saysupdated: Wed May 06 2009 00:48:00

A pregnant British woman jailed in Laos was denied access to a British lawyer who flew out to meet her, a human rights group said Tuesday.

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