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Infertility's Global Stigma

Infertility affects million of women and men around the world, but cultural stigma has kept it in the shadows. Cristen and Caroline talk about the causes of male and female infertility, its psychological impact and why it's often a biological battle waged in silence.

Better Babies Contests: Eugenics Goes to the Fair

In the 1920s baby parades evolved into Better Babies Contests, marketed as public health initiatives. At these contests, often held in rural fairgrounds, babies would be disrobed, measured, weighed and evaluated for temperament and intelligence. Winning babies might claim titles such as "Heaviest Boy Under 1 Year of Age." If this sounds a lot like livestock competitions at homegrown fairs that's because it was!

What is natural childbirth?

As more women are choosing natural childbirth, Caroline and Cristen look into what "natural" actually means and how women deal with the pain of having a baby without meds.

Why are more women requesting C-sections?

Does the scheduling convenience of C-sections outweigh the risks? Join Caroline and Cristen for a brief medical history of C-sections, as well as an exploration of doctors' concerns over the rising rates of the procedure.

Should dads be in the delivery room?

A French obstetrician believes that men in the delivery room hinder their partner's laboring process. Is it possible that men don't need or want to be there? Join Cristen and Molly to learn more about dads in delivery rooms.

What's the difference between a doula and a midwife?

Midwives and doulas are often present at natural childbirth. But what do these people actually do? Join Cristen and Molly as they explain the differences between midwives and doulas.

Am I carrying my own twin?

Researchers believe that one in eight pregnancies involve twin fetuses -- so why do only one in eighty pregnancies actually result in the birth of twins? In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the rare phenomenon known as fetus in fetu.

Can you have an orgasm during childbirth?

20/20 aired a documentary about the orgasmic experiences some women have while giving birth. But how does it happen, and why? Join Molly and Cristen as they take you past the sensational headlines in this podcast.

A Friendly Reminder About the Pill, Periods and Pregnancy

A while ago, Molly and I talked about "Can you get pregnant on your period?" on Stuff Mom Never Told You. And in brief, yes, you can. Sometimes, ovulation and menstruation can overlap just enough to where sperm hanging around after intercourse could possibly fertilize an egg. Oops. But what about being on birth control, you ask?

What's it like to have a baby in the NICU?

In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore how babies are cared for at a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, and share tips for parents with children in the NICU.