a black and white photo of apregnant woman holding her belly and wearing a large coat standing in front of a bridge

Motherhood and motherland: One woman’s pregnancy experience in Russia

Women & Gender

Amie Ferris-Rotman, a global news editor for New Lines Magazine, wrote a personal essay about her experience being pregnant in Russia, where many citizens believe it is a woman’s patriotic duty to give birth and become a mother. She talked about it with The World’s Marco Werman.

Anesthesiologist Liu Jianmin prepares for an abortion at a clinic run by Marie Stopes International in Xi'an in central China's Shaanxi province

Abortion access in China has changed drastically amid declining birth rate

Women wear mask to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, in Paris, France

Coronavirus Conversations: The pandemic, women’s health and pregnancy

Coronavirus Conversations
A pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass.

Discussion: The pandemic, women’s health and pregnancy


As hurricane season nears in Puerto Rico, a doctor tries to help pregnant women prepare themselves

Health & Medicine
Sci-fi motherhood.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the mom

When it comes to the intricacies of pregnancy, sometimes truth can be stranger than fiction.

The World

Dads give birth and other interesting facts about seahorse pregnancies


But scientists have found striking similarities between male seahorses’ pregnancies and mammalian pregnancies.

When schoolgirls become mothers in rural Indonesia


In the villages of Indonesia, teens often have limited access to family planning due to misconceptions about birth control and cultural taboos. Photographer Sonia Narang met women, like 19-year-old Wadianti, who became mothers much younger than they anticipated.

Shabnam, a surrogate mother, has an ultrasound at Patel's clinic in Anand, in the western Indian state of Gujarat on March 4, 2009.

The global rent-a-womb industry is starting to crumble


Developing nations are getting tired of renting women’s bodies to Westerners.

A pregnant woman with a painted stomach participates in the 15th annual Santa Speedo Run through the streets of the Back Bay in Boston.

Doctor says pregnant women should have long been screened for depression


Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody says depression tests are easy to administer, and should be done, especially around the vulnerable period of pregnancy.