Tag: Pregnancy and Childbirth

Baby Food, Bassinets and Talk of Salvation Inside an Evangelical Pregnancy Center

NEWPORT, Tenn. — Wendy Ramsey began her day as she often does, in the cool basement of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. It was a Thursday, and her first client was coming at noon. She flipped on the fluorescent lights. Racks of infant, toddler and maternity clothes neatly lined the waiting area. Formula and baby food […]

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Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.

Growing up in Nacogdoches, Tex., Eve Wiley learned at age 16 that she had been conceived through artificial insemination with donor sperm. Her mother, Margo Williams, now 65, had sought help from Dr. Kim McMorries, telling him that her husband was infertile. She asked the doctor to locate a sperm donor. He told Mrs. Williams […]

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Salvador Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Salvadoran Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Planned Parenthood May Withdraw From Title X Funding

Planned Parenthood will announce on Monday afternoon whether it will withdraw from Title X, the federal family planning program, rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that restricts what health providers can say about abortion. Such a move could affect more than 1.5 million low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for services […]

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Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire

In many areas of health policy, the best of intentions can lead to more harm than good. Such is the case with America’s approach to alcohol and pregnancy. The best evidence shows that punitive policies — such as equating drinking while pregnant as child abuse and threatening to involve child protective services — can dissuade […]

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Couple’s Suit Over Parental Leave Is New Challenge to Big Law Firm

Jones Day, one of the nation’s largest law firms, faced a harsh spotlight this year when six female lawyers filed a class-action complaint saying they had faced gender and pregnancy discrimination while working there and had been subjected to a “fraternity culture.” Now the glare has intensified, with a couple formerly employed at Jones Day […]

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Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges

A national panel of health experts recommended on Tuesday that doctors screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications. But the group, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, stopped short of endorsing such screening for teenagers, a position that puts them at odds with major adolescent health groups. […]

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Exercise During Pregnancy May Have Lasting Benefits for Babies

Newborns whose mothers exercise during pregnancy may become physically coordinated a little earlier than other babies, according to a captivating new study of gestation, jogging and the varying ability of tiny infants to make a fist. The study’s findings add to growing evidence that physical activity during pregnancy can strengthen not just the mother but […]

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New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass a law decriminalizing abortion, taking on an issue that the nation’s lawmakers have long avoided even as the country built a socially liberal reputation on the world stage. Under current law, women seeking an abortion must claim that the […]

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When Gender Reveal Videos Go Spectacularly, Cathartically Wrong

The gender-reveal party has been around for about as long as Instagram has, and the two have gotten out of hand at roughly the same speed. Gender reveals now precede or even replace the traditional baby shower, marking the occasion when the proud parents first learn the sex of their unborn guest of honor. Until […]

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How We Can Make Home Births Safer

Earlier this month, a Nebraska midwife, Angela Hock, was charged with negligent child abuse when a newborn died after complications from a breech birth at home. It’s worth noting that before this delivery, Ms. Hock, the proprietor of a business called Nebraska Birth Keeper, had performed 50 births at home without incident. Nonetheless, Ms. Hock […]

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus and Travel

In 2016, when the Zika virus first made headlines, people canceled vacations to Latin America and the Caribbean as the mosquito-borne virus spread through the region and into Texas and Florida. While the illness caused by Zika is mild, it can cause severe birth defects when pregnant women are exposed to it. But almost as […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Evil

A few years ago, the novelist Helen Phillips woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of her young daughter’s screams. She rushed to her bedside but was unable to calm her child, who was stuck in a nightmare, crying: “I want Mommy! I want Mommy!” “It was one of the most […]

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Unlicensed Nebraska Midwife Is Arrested in Newborn’s Death After Home Delivery

A Nebraska woman who advertised herself as a midwife specializing in home births — but who prosecutors said did not have the proper certification — is facing a homicide charge after the troubled delivery of a newborn resulted in the baby’s death. The midwife, Angela Hock, who turned herself in to the police on Tuesday […]

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She Was Forced to Give Birth in Handcuffs. Now Her Case Is Changing Police Rules.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] After a pregnant woman went into labor in a Bronx holding cell last year, she arrived at a nearby hospital in handcuffs and shackles, and on the brink of losing her unborn daughter. New York State law prohibits shackling […]

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I Shouldn’t Be Forced to Give Birth to a Baby Who Won’t Live

When I was 20 weeks pregnant, I and my husband learned during a routine ultrasound that our baby had not developed a major portion of her brain and never would. The condition, anencephaly, a type of neural tube defect that also stunts the growth of the skull, is terminal. If carried to term, our baby […]

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10 Medical Myths We Should Stop Believing. Doctors, Too.

You might assume that standard medical advice was supported by mounds of scientific research. But researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals. Of more than 3,000 studies published from 2003 through 2017 in JAMA and the Lancet, and from 2011 through 2017 in the New […]

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