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True Medical Rarity: Baby Born Inside Amniotic Sac

The water never broke before Silas Johnson entered the world

(Newser) - Silas Johnson recently entered the world through emergency cesarean section at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but what makes his case truly extraordinary is that he was born at 26 weeks with his amniotic sac still perfectly intact around him, holding the placenta and umbilical cord as well, reports... More »

Girl Born Pregnant With Twin Fetuses

Condition, called fetus in fetu, has only been reported 200 times

(Newser) - Being born pregnant is so rare it has only been documented 200 times, but it does happen. Now researchers are reporting this week in the Hong Kong Medical Journal on the November 2010 case of a newborn girl thought to have two tumors in her abdomen that were found to... More »

'Mostly Male' Woman Gives Birth to Twins

32-year-old looks female but has more than 95% male chromosomes

(Newser) - When a 32-year-old sought fertility treatment in India, she learned that while her appearance is female, her chromosomes are 95% male; the intersex condition is known as "XY gonadal dysgenesis," reports the Daily Mail . Thanks to extensive hormone treatments, she has just given birth to healthy twins—a... More »

Woman Goes to Bathroom, Delivers Surprise Baby

It's just the latest 'I didn't know I was pregnant' story

(Newser) - Nicole Harris went into her bathroom Wednesday night—and walked out with an unexpected baby in her arms. The Tennessee woman didn't feel well, but once she got to the bathroom, she soon figured out she was in labor—despite the fact that she'd had no pregnancy symptoms... More »

Mom Learns She's Pregnant Giving Birth to 4th Child

Mandie Smith's husband was away on business and watched via Facetime

(Newser) - Mandie Smith knows how it feels to be pregnant. The West Virginia mother of three says she has been able to detect her pregnancies early into each one, so she was shocked to discover that the abdominal pain that woke her in the middle of the night last week was... More »

Doctors: 'Dead' Pregnant Woman's Fetus Is Doomed

They ask Irish court to be allowed to take woman off life support

(Newser) - Seven Irish doctors yesterday asked the Dublin High Court for one thing: that a brain-dead pregnant woman be taken off life support. The seven were in agreement that, as the AP puts it, her fetus appeared doomed. The father of the woman, who is 18 weeks pregnant and was declared... More »

Breathing in Pollution While Pregnant Linked to Autism

3rd trimester seems to be the most at-risk time to inhale fine particulate matter

(Newser) - It's probably not good for anyone to take a deep gulp of polluted air, but for pregnant women it could have a particularly significant effect—including maybe even upping the risk of having an autistic child, Bloomberg reports. A Harvard study published yesterday in Environmental Health Perspectives says that... More »

New Mom Leaves Hospital Early, Loses Baby for a Week

Health workers thought mother was on drugs: report

(Newser) - Advocates for pregnant women are raising their voices over what they say is growing suspicion over substance abuse—suspicion that is often unfair. At Cosmopolitan.com , Ada Calhoun recounts the story of one California mother's nightmare: When Tiffany Langwell, 38, gave birth to a daughter, she left the hospital... More »

Nail Polish Can Lower a Baby's IQ

Columbia University study links phthalates to lower IQ in children

(Newser) - Want your baby's IQ to be a few points higher? Then keep it away from chemicals in household items like shower curtains, nail polish, and dryer sheets during pregnancy, a new study says. Researchers at Columbia University came to this conclusion after analyzing 328 women and their kids in... More »

Texas Mom Puts 'Miracle' Daughter Before Chemo

Julie Prater, 32, diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

(Newser) - In the face of a grim brain cancer diagnosis, Julie Prater decided to delay the treatment that would save her life—to protect her unborn child. At 32, Prater had a full-body seizure as she got up from bed to tend to her year-old son, reports Dallas News . Not long... More »

Pregnant UPS Worker's Case Divides Supreme Court

Workplace equality ruling rests on ambiguous federal law

(Newser) - Peggy Young requested that she be put on lighter duty when, as a UPS driver, she became pregnant in 2006 and was told by her doctor not to lift heavy packages. That request was denied—forcing Young to take unpaid leave—based on a vague law stating employers must treat... More »

In Devastating Video, Dad Sings 'Blackbird' to Dying Baby

Chris Picco lost wife and son in matter of days

(Newser) - Chris and Ashley Picco of Loma Linda, Calif., met while volunteering in NYC in the wake of 9/11, married in 2007, and were looking forward to welcoming their first child in February. Instead, Ashley died unexpectedly, and little Lennon was born three and a half months premature on Saturday via... More »

Woman Emerges From Coma, Delivers Baby

Jenny Quiles 'improving' after she was hit by a tow truck on Oct. 15

(Newser) - Jenny Quiles was 33 weeks pregnant when she was hit by a tow truck as she crossed the street en route to a doctor's appointment on Oct. 15. Roughly two weeks later, the Florida woman emerged from a coma at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, and on Wednesday, she began... More »

5 Pregnant Celebs Who Posed Nude

Some were proud of their bodies, others not so much

(Newser) - It's one thing to pose naked for all the world to see; it's another to do so while pregnant. ETOnline rounds up 10 stars who did just that:
  • Demi Moore: Her 1991 Vanity Fair cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz, started the trend.
  • Cindy Crawford: Her accompanying interview when
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Baby's Cry May Reveal Cocaine Use by Mom

Researchers find similar characteristics in humans, rats

(Newser) - A simple technique may help determine whether a baby was exposed to cocaine during pregnancy: Listen to her cry. It can be tough to diagnose babies with cocaine-linked health issues that may not appear until they're older, Medical Daily reports. But a baby who seems healthy may reveal through... More »

Woman's Kidney Infection Actually a 6-Pound Baby

Clare Evans was told to give a urine sample, but her water broke instead

(Newser) - The string of "I didn't know I was pregnant until I gave birth" stories continues. The latest is out of Risca, Wales, and involves 24-year-old Clare Evans. After experiencing stomach pains she called an off-hours hotline, which advised her that it could be a kidney infection. She then... More »

Aussie on Dream Trip Finds She's 38 Weeks Pregnant

She had been 'jumping off cliffs, drinking, eating anything' in jaunt through Europe

(Newser) - Kate Hudson, 22, had been traveling through Europe for a while, so it didn't seem strange that she'd gained a little weight. "Any belly I had I thought was just a food baby from all the eating I’d done in Europe over two months," the... More »

How a 'Miracle' Baby Saved Mom's Life

Led to the discovery that Jenny Purvis had ovarian cancer

(Newser) - Jenny Purvis calls her daughter "Miracle Mae," and with good reason: In giving her daughter life, the Georgia woman had her own life saved. Mary Ella "Mae" Purvis was due in September, but a 27-week doctor visit in June revealed that the 29-year-old mom-to-be had elevated blood... More »

Woman Doesn't Know She's Pregnant, Births Rare Twins

Shelby Magnani went to doctor with sharp pain in side

(Newser) - Twins are rare, occurring in roughly 2% of all pregnancies. Of those, monoamniotic twins —in which the babies share both a placenta and amniotic sac—are even more uncommon, happening in fewer than 1% of all instances of twins. But what makes an Iowa woman's pregnancy absolutely singular... More »

Woman Gives Birth Hours After Finding She's Pregnant

Kim Walsh, 38, has polycystic ovary syndrome, which often causes infertility

(Newser) - When Kim Walsh went to the doctor complaining of abdominal pain and was told she was pregnant and going into labor, she was shocked—and not just because she didn't know she was pregnant. The 38-year-old suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes an imbalance of testosterone that often... More »

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