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The 5 Strangest Places Women Have Given Birth

From an airplane to a McDonald's

(Newser) - For most women, the ideal place to welcome your child into the world is a hospital surrounded by doctors or home with a midwife nearby. For others, however, their deliveries came unexpectedly in unusual settings.
  • Airplane: A 23-year-old Canadian gave birth on a flight from Calgary to Tokyo. Apparently, Ada
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Pregnant Meteorologist Has 'a Message for the Haters'

Mom-to-be fires back after being called a "sausage in casing"

(Newser) - Complain to meteorologists that it never rains when they say it will, and they'll brush it off. But tell a meteorologist her pregnant stomach looks like "sausage in casing," and you may just start a movement. Support is pouring in from all over the country after CBS... More »

OB-GYN Takes Uterus Out of Pregnant Woman

Conn. doctor fined $5K for his mistake, but he's still in good standing at hospital

(Newser) - A Connecticut gynecologist was fined $5,000 yesterday by the state Medical Examining Board for mistakenly performing a hysterectomy on a patient he didn't know was pregnant. Dr. Jonathan Foster performed a laparoscopic hysterectomy, a procedure that removes the uterus, on the woman at Saint Mary's Hospital in... More »

The Wrenching Process of Weaning a Baby Off Heroin

The 'Washington Post' looks at one such baby

(Newser) - It's a cruel start to life: Entering the world and then entering rehab. It's a reality more newborns are facing, reports the Washington Post , which cites figures like this one: The percentage of NICU admissions for "neonatal abstinence syndrome" has increased fourfold over a span of nine... More »

Woman Gives Birth to Her Identical Twin's Baby

Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker's breast cancer meant she couldn't have a second child

(Newser) - There are identical twins who have special bonds, and there are the Ardolino sisters, who live just three blocks from each other in Mineola, New York. Between them they had three sons: Dawn Ardolino Policastro has a 7-year-old and 3-year-old; sister Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker has a 6-year-old, Dylan. But now... More »

Boys and Girls Have Different Spines—From Birth

The difference allows the female spine to adapt during pregnancy

(Newser) - Boys and girls have subtly different spines, and the difference is present at birth, according to a new study out of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on 35 full-term newborn girls and 35 full-term newborn boys, researchers report in the Journal of Pediatrics that vertebral... More »

We're Losing More Babies to Stillbirth Than Infant Death

Though the difference is slight

(Newser) - For as long as we have been gathering the data, more babies have died before reaching their first birthday (so-called infant deaths) than those who died in the second half of pregnancy (aka stillborns). Until now. Researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics yesterday released a report that shows... More »

C-Sections Rampant in Brazil—for Now

Country tries to reel in its 'international shame'

(Newser) - In 2013, 32.7% of all babies delivered in America were born by cesarean section. If that sounds high, well, check out Brazil's stats. The BBC reports that at private hospitals, 85% of women deliver by cesarean; in public hospitals, it's about half that (45%). In 2013 NPR... More »

Why Teen Pregnancy Is Plummeting in Colorado

Study offering free IUDs, implants shows dramatic results

(Newser) - Science continues to back up an American Academy of Pediatrics policy change recommending teenage girls use long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Over six years, Colorado offered women free IUDs and implants as part of "one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control,"... More »

Bristol Palin: Baby No. 2 Was No Accident

'Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family'

(Newser) - How can a pregnancy be "planned" but also a "huge disappointment" to one’s family and close friends? Well, that's what Bristol Palin is serving up in her latest public statement following her pregnancy announcement last week. At the time, the 24-year-old sounded a tad forlorn. "... More »

Mom's Honest Pic of 'Perfect' Post-Baby Body Goes Viral

Kimberly Henderson's 'flabby belly' inspires

(Newser) - What's sexier than a six-pack? Rocking a "flabby belly" and stretch marks, says mother of four and musician Kimberly Henderson. After fans told her she had a "perfect" body, Henderson bravely uploaded an "unedited" selfie of her bare belly to Facebook for all to see, reports... More »

One in 160 Pregnancies End in Stillbirth. Mine Did

Dr. Eleni Michailidis discusses what is 'rarely discussed' in the NYT

(Newser) - The percentage sounds small: just one-sixth of one percent. But the number sounds huge: One in 160 pregnancies end in a stillbirth, and Dr. Eleni Michailidis' was one of them. The 38-year-old orthodontist opens up to the New York Times , recounting an experience that the paper notes is "rarely... More »

Couple's Babymoon Now a Nightmare

Twins born in Portugal at 24 weeks; one has since died

(Newser) - Married for a year and with twins due in August, New Jersey's Fred and Kim Spratt set out on a "babymoon" earlier this year for their last time as a family of two. "We're trying to hit spots on our bucket list every year, so we... More »

Missing Woman's Family 'No Longer Expects Addition'

Releasing more information will be up to her, they say

(Newser) - Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther has been found safe and is being treated in a hospital, but answers on why the 49-year-old disappeared on the day she was due to give birth by C-section could be a long time coming. In a family statement released on Facebook , her brother, Drew Bradshaw, said she... More »

Missing Pregnant Woman Found 100 Miles From Home

But NC case is still a mystery

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who disappeared hours before she was due to give birth by C-section has been found safe, police say, but much about the case remains unclear—including whether she has given birth. Police say Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther, 49, was found at a gas station yesterday, soon after investigators... More »

Pregnant 49-Year-Old Vanishes on Delivery Date

Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther to have cesarean section on Tuesday

(Newser) - A pregnant 49-year-old North Carolina woman was so excited about her upcoming birth by cesarean section that she reportedly sang around the house—and then vanished shortly before her scheduled procedure. Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther had spent the weekend at her Salisbury home with her daughter, Lauren Lusk, preparing for the birth,... More »

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doesn't Fly: California Judge

Ruling says students should learn about STD prevention, all kinds of birth control

(Newser) - California has a sex-ed law on the books that bans schools from pushing abstinence alone in teaching about pregnancy and STD prevention, and a Fresno County judge has now enforced that law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Superior Court Judge Donald Black's decision ruled that the Clovis Unified School... More »

Here's What Happens When a Working Couple Has a Kid

A once equal division of labor is equal no more

(Newser) - "These are the couples you would expect to have the most egalitarian relationships," is how researcher Claire Kamp Dush describes the participants in her study of dual-earner straight couples as they transitioned to parenthood. The male and female both work, are more highly educated than the average American,... More »

Americans Don't Know Much About Miscarriage

Many don't know as many as 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in a miscarriage

(Newser) - For all its prevalence, miscarriage remains stubbornly taboo. So says Dr. Zev Williams, an OB-GYN and director of the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at the Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He set out to learn about the misconceptions... More »

At Heart of Odd Custody Ruling: a Turkey Baster

Joyce Bruce said because they never had sex, she should be sole parent

(Newser) - In Joyce Bruce's mind, Robert Boardwine was just an old friend who helpfully agreed to donate sperm so she could have a child—no parental rights attached. To Boardwine, however, and now according to a Virginia court, he's entitled to see his young son, CNN reports. The Virginia... More »

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