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Johnson & Johnson, Huffington Post Launch “Global Motherhood”

Johnson & Johnson (who recently also launched Text4Baby) and the Huffington Post have teamed up to create a new section in the Huffington Post. Global Motherhood will serve as a platform for discussion and learning on the issues that mothers face during pregnancy and childbirth.

Arianna Huffington writes:

Global Motherhood will go beyond matters of physical health to address the full spectrum of issues affecting mothers and their babies, with a special focus on the dangers faced by pregnant women in underdeveloped countries and the guilt and fear that accompany childbirth for many women.

It will also be a place to share our personal stories. I lost my first baby five months into my pregnancy, and as a result I spent my next pregnancy terrified that I would lose this baby, too. In fact, I was so afraid that, even though I was thirty-eight, I refused to have amniocentesis because it carried a tiny risk of miscarriage. Instead, I simply prayed that my baby would be healthy. And as my children grew, the dangers that threatened them — and even those that I perceived as threatening them — seemed to multiply. I’m also convinced that when they take the baby out, they put the guilt in, especially if you are a working mother juggling children and work. And of course, when we keep our feelings of vulnerability, guilt and insecurity to ourselves, they only grow in the dark.

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