Tag: Pregnancy and Childbirth

Fetal Viability, Long an Abortion Dividing Line, Faces a Supreme Court Test

WASHINGTON — In 1973, in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court drew a line. The Constitution, it said, did not allow states to ban abortions before the fetus could survive outside the womb. On Wednesday, when the court hears the most important abortion case in a generation, a central question will be whether the court’s […]

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Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies

The only way to stop the heavy bleeding is to end the pregnancy and contract the uterus, Dr. Moayedi said. Time is of the essence. “Every OB-GYN has cared for someone who has died from a hemorrhage,” she said. “If someone is hemorrhaging while miscarrying, how long do I have to wait?” Even if the […]

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What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortions

But how could you not know you were pregnant? Some people don’t have pregnancy symptoms, or they mistake the fatigue or irregular periods of early pregnancy for other health conditions. For instance, one 23-year-old North Dakotan in my study became pregnant soon after giving birth and chalked up her symptoms to the physiological changes and […]

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Why Are There So Many Premature Births in America?

I was moved this week by Maria Cramer’s story of a baby born at 21 weeks who defied the odds, and now holds the Guinness World Record for the “most premature infant to live to a first birthday.” Curtis Zy-Keith Means was born to Michelle Butler last summer, and even though his twin sister very […]

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Marijuana Use in Pregnancy May Lead to a More Anxious, Aggressive Child

The study does not, however, prove that prenatal cannabis use caused the children’s behavioral problems. Some of the mothers said they had used cannabis only after giving birth (though THC can pass through breast milk). And women who use cannabis may differ from abstinent women in other ways that put their children at risk for […]

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‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

To the Editor: Re “Biden Signs Bill for Bolstering Infrastructure” (front page, Nov. 16): At a time when all of the news that we absorb seems to be bad, we finally have something to celebrate, the signing into law of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, a long overdue initiative that despite consistent promises was never […]

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Without Parental Leave I Might Be Dead

Imagine the following medical hypothetical: DOCTOR: We ran some tests and there is a watermelon growing inside you. PATIENT: How do we get it out? One of two ways. We either perform major abdominal surgery while you’re awake and hold your internal organs in front of a room of strangers that includes your romantic partner […]

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Dads Need to Start Shouting About Paid Leave

Christine Matthews, a public opinion pollster who has surveyed voters on the issue of paid family leave, said that while most Republican voters want it enacted, Republican legislators know they will not be punished for voting it down. “It’s not that Republican voters don’t support it. It’s that politicians know they’re not voting on that […]

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‘We Had Their Baby, and They Had Our Baby’: Couple Sues Over Embryo ‘Mix-Up’

Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway, the law firm representing the Cardinales, estimated that the couple had paid $50,000 to the fertility clinic for the treatments. In the lawsuit, the couple said that Dr. Mor had never disclosed that a third-party affiliate, In VitroTech Labs, would be used for I.V.F. services and that Dr. Mor […]

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What to Expect at Work When You’re Expecting

Once an employee becomes a parent, there is little workplace support for child care issues. Many employers don’t have lactation rooms, nor do they offer the scheduling flexibility so many parents very much need. What should be a joyful experience becomes incredibly fraught. People are forced to decide what they want more — family or […]

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Tell Us Your Abortion Story

Earlier this fall, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on the multipronged threat to American reproductive rights, several members of Congress shared their stories of having had abortions. The testimonies, from Representatives Cori Bush of Missouri, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Barbara Lee of California, were all deeply moving in their own way. But one […]

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The Son My Sister Placed for Adoption Wants to Find Her. What Should I Do?

Once a safe adoptive family had been secured for her son, in my view, your sister was entitled to foreclose further interaction and keep her identity from her offspring. The point of adoption, it seems to me, is that your family identity becomes that of your adoptive family. Besides, this man’s identity is already pretty […]

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Supreme Court Again Refuses to Block Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday once again refused to immediately block a Texas law that banned most abortions after six weeks. But the justices agreed to fast-track their consideration of appeals from the Justice Department and abortion providers in Texas, scheduling arguments for Nov. 1. Only Justice Sonia Sotomayor filed a dissent. “For […]

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Amanda Knox Was Exonerated. That Doesn’t Mean She’s Free.

“That’s the sort of trap I’m in, where I’m constantly having to be in conversation with something that I would rather not,” Ms. Knox said. “I’m constantly told that I should just disappear.” The Making of a Caricature What happened that night in Perugia may be debated forever. But there are some basic facts — […]

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Why Is Good Medical Advice for Pregnant Women So Hard to Find?

And yet it’s in widespread use. In fact, there are hundreds of medications potentially being taken by pregnant women about which little is known, says Xiaobin Wang, a pediatrician and director of the Center on the Early Life Origins of Disease at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “There are so many questions” about […]

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Should Pregnant Women Get a Covid-19 Booster Shot?

Signing up for a booster shot might also help the unborn baby. Dr. Andrea Edlow, an OB-GYN and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, demonstrated that the immune response induced by Covid-19 mRNA vaccines in pregnant and lactating women was far greater than the response produced by a coronavirus infection. They also found that those antibodies […]

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The Brittney Poolaw Case: When a Miscarriage Is Manslaughter

Brittney Poolaw, then 19 years old, showed up at the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma last year after suffering a miscarriage at home. She had been about 17 weeks pregnant. According to an affidavit from a police detective who interviewed her, she admitted to hospital staff that she had recently used both methamphetamine and […]

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Biden’s Paid Leave Plan at Risk as Lawmakers Seek Cuts

Research on California, the first state to offer paid family leave, has mostly shown that paid leave has a positive effect on women’s wages and participation in the labor force. Nine states and the District of Columbia have passed paid leave programs. Christopher J. Ruhm, a professor of public policy and economics at the University […]

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Pregnant Women Should Get the Covid-19 Vaccine

More than 60 years ago, the Nobel Prize-winning biologist Peter Medawar posed what has become known as the immunological paradox of pregnancy. The fetus, Dr. Medawar argued, is like a semiforeign transplant because half of its genes come from the father. Therefore, the mother’s immune system and the fetus must be locked in conflict. One […]

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China’s Abortion Vow Sparks Worries About Limits

On social media on Monday, after some state-backed news outlets highlighted the line about abortion in the guidelines, some users wondered whether more restrictions were on the way. “Contraception can fail, so not finding a partner is the safest bet,” said one popular comment on the Weibo social media platform. In general, many women are […]

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China’s Abortion Vow Sparks Worries About Limits

On social media on Monday, after some state-backed news outlets highlighted the line about abortion in the guidelines, some users wondered whether more restrictions were on the way. “Contraception can fail, so not finding a partner is the safest bet,” said one popular comment on the Weibo social media platform. In general, many women are […]

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With Abortion Largely Banned in Texas, an Oklahoma Clinic Is Inundated

OKLAHOMA CITY — On a windy Tuesday morning, the parking lot outside a small brick building on the Southside of Oklahoma City was filling up fast. The first to arrive, a red truck shortly before 8 a.m., was from Texas. So was the second and the third. The building houses one of Oklahoma’s four abortion […]

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Postpartum Depression Can Be Dangerous. Here’s How to Recognize It and Seek Treatment.

Dr. Trachtenberg added that women also can develop other mental health conditions postpartum, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress syndrome if their birth experience was traumatic. Postpartum anxiety can also occur alongside postpartum depression and might include symptoms such as panic attacks, insomnia, obsessive fears about your baby’s health and safety, an inability to […]

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Why I Gave My Mosaic Embryo a Chance

Five months later, I got a call from a physician who was filling in for my doctor; she canceled my appointment, claiming she was uncomfortable transferring a mosaic embryo. I was livid and overcome with grief. “The larger question that emerges with embryo testing is who gets to take on the risk of possibly bringing […]

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The Wild Ways Parents Preserve Their Kids’ Memories

“It’s important to understand that there are a bunch of reasons someone might want to save something,” said Jennifer Stoltz Favus, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and mother based in New York City. Children grow up fast, she said, so attaching memories “to something physical or tangible” — like an umbilical cord stump, perhaps […]

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