Tag: Pregnancy and Childbirth

A Divorced Mother Sues After Losing Her Title as Miss Ukraine

LONDON — For four days in 2018, Veronika Didusenko was hailed as Ukraine’s most beautiful woman. But it wasn’t quite as simple as that. When the organizers of the Miss Ukraine competition found out that she was divorced and had a son, they stripped her of the title — and the $12,000 prize money — […]

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They Pushed Hard This Year to Curtail Abortion. Wait for 2020.

Months after state lawmakers around the country approved some of the most restrictive limits on abortion seen in decades, some states want to push still further. Leading the way is Ohio, where Republicans are contemplating banning nearly all abortions from the time of conception, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and the highly unusual […]

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How to Break the Poverty Cycle

In 1962, 58 African-American 3- and 4-year-olds, all from poor familiesand likely candidates for failure in school, enrolled in Perry Preschool in Ypsilanti, Mich. This was a novel venture, and parents clamored to sign their children up. Louise Derman-Sparks, who taught there, told me she “fell in love with the kids. They were so excited, […]

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Fertility Rate in U.S. Hit a Record Low in 2018

WASHINGTON — The fertility rate in the United States fell in 2018 for the fourth straight year, extending a steep decline in births that began in 2008 with the Great Recession, the federal government said on Wednesday. There were 59.1 births for every 1,000 women of childbearing age in the country last year, a record […]

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Virginia Doctor Performed Hysterectomies Without Consent, Prosecutors Say

The authorities have charged a Virginia obstetrician and gynecologist accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies and removing one patient’s fallopian tubes without her knowledge. The doctor, Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters, according to court documents filed […]

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A Surprising Finding on Paid Leave: ‘This Is Not the Way We Teach This’

One of the biggest arguments for paid leave for new parents has been an economic one: Research has repeatedly shown that women with paid time off after childbirth are more likely to keep working. But a new study, the largest to be done in the United States, found the opposite. In California, which in 2004 […]

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‘Gender Reveal’ Celebration in Texas Led to a Plane Crash

In recent years, expectant parents have gone to extreme lengths to create splashy, Instagrammable moments to announce the sex of their child. Some of the celebrations, however, have ended in calamity: a 45,000-acre forest fire, a flaming car, a deadly explosion. And now, a plane crash could be added to that list, according to a […]

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In China, Working Mothers Say They Are Fired or Sidelined

The women’s accusations briefly lit up the Chinese internet. Three employees of a big Chinese logistics company said their bosses had fired them or cut their pay after they became pregnant. In one case, the company, China Railway Logistics, did not send a representative to an arbitration proceeding. The company then went to court to […]

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WeWork’s Ousted C.E.O. Adam Neumann Is Accused of Pregnancy Discrimination

When the chief of staff to the WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann became pregnant in March 2016, she was reluctant to immediately share the news with her boss. But ultimately, the employee, Medina Bardhi, felt she had no choice. She had to explain that she could no longer accompany Mr. Neumann on business trips “due to […]

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Why Children (and Pregnant Women) May Want to Eat More Fish

Does fish make children smarter? There is some evidence that it might. In two reviews of data from 44 studies, researchers have concluded that eating seafood during pregnancy and childhood is associated with improved performance on tests of mental skills. The analyses, published in the journal PLEFA, included 29 studies with 102,944 mother-child pairs, and […]

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Women Get an Unwanted Surprise by Mail: You’re Pregnant! (They’re Not.)

ImageCredit…via Claire Jiang Chelcie Gette’s mother called her early Tuesday morning to tell her she had gotten something in the mail. The two went on FaceTime and opened it together. “It was a cute little card congratulating me for my soon-to-be baby,” Ms. Gette, 27, said. There was one hiccup. “I knew I was not […]

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19 Women Accused a Gynecologist of Abuse. Why Didn’t He Go to Prison?

The Manhattan district attorney’s office shocked a state judge in 2011 when it recommended that the financier Jeffrey Epstein be given the lowest possible sex offender status despite accusations that he had sexually abused dozens of girls. The judge refused, and the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., later reversed his stance, saying his assistant […]

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Northern Ireland Set to Legalize Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Traditionally conservative Northern Ireland is about to legalize both abortion and same-sex marriage, a head-snapping about-face that was imposed on the territory by the British Parliament. The changes, bitterly resisted by anti-abortion and church groups, were mandated in an amendment to a routine bill on governance of Northern Ireland that Parliament […]

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Fired for Being Pregnant? It Can Still Happen

To the Editor: Re “Warren Details Account of Losing Teaching Job Because of a Pregnancy” (news article, Oct. 9): The women nodding and wincing at Elizabeth Warren’s account of losing her teaching job because of pregnancy aren’t just those of us who remember when it was perfectly legal to say the children/passengers/customers/clients will be uncomfortable […]

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Air Pollution Is Linked to Miscarriages in China, Study Finds

ImageChinese women wearing masks to protect against pollution in Beijing in 2015. The government has made inroads against China’s pollution problem. CreditKevin Frayer/Getty Images BEIJING — Researchers in China have found a significant link between air pollution and the risk of miscarriage, according to a new scientific paper released on Monday. While air pollution is connected […]

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Biden on Impeachment, L.G.B.T.Q. Forum: This Week in the 2020 Race

Here’s our rundown of what happened in the Democratic primary this week, as the candidates gear up for Tuesday’s debate in Ohio. Biden comes out for impeachment Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. explicitly endorsed impeachment on Wednesday, going beyond past statements in which he had called only for an impeachment inquiry if President […]

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As Elizabeth Warren Rises, the G.O.P. Deploys an Old Tactic

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his allies have struggled for months to come up with effective ways to confront Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose steady rise in the polls put the lie to Mr. Trump’s boasts last spring that she was “finished” and “gone,” undone by her past claims of Native American ancestry. Republicans have tried […]

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Arizona Official Placed 29 Babies in Adoption Fraud Scheme, Prosecutors Say

He offered each of the expecting mothers $10,000 to put their newborns up for adoption, siphoning off money for housing and health care after arranging for them to travel more than 5,000 miles from the Marshall Islands to the United States, prosecutors said. Then, after falsifying their residency records to enroll them in state health […]

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Pregnant Women Should Get Flu and Whooping Cough Shots, C.D.C. Says

Millions of pregnant women in the United States are not getting two vital vaccines that protect not only their health, but their babies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The vaccines — against flu and whooping cough — are strongly recommended during every pregnancy. But only about 35 percent of pregnant women […]

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