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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 »

One-Third of Moms Have Babies Too Close in Age

Women should wait at least 18 months for their bodies to recover, CDC says

(Newser) - For US moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2.5 years, but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows. Experts say mothers should wait at least 18 months to give their body time to recover and increase the chances the next... More »

Fresh Prince Pregnancy Announcement Goes Viral

It's surpassed 3M views on YouTube

(Newser) - Four days after Jesse and Melissa Meek posted their pregnancy announcement on YouTube on Easter Sunday, it had about 2,000 views. By Saturday, it hit 100,000; by Monday, 600,000. Currently, it's sitting pretty at more than 3 million views. Why? Because the Oregon couple decided to... More »

Next for 65-Year-Old Mom of 13: Quadruplets

'I'm not actually afraid,' says Annegret Raunigk

(Newser) - "Children keep me young," Berlin woman Annegret Raunigk said after the birth of her 13th child nine years ago at age 55. Now 65, Raunigk plans to add four more bundles of joy to her already large family. Raunigk underwent numerous attempts at artificial insemination over 18 months... More »

Mom's Proud Photo of 'Flabby' Bikini Body Goes Viral

Rachel Hollis boldly declares, 'I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini'

(Newser) - "I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini." So begins the bold caption under Rachel Hollis' equally bold Facebook photo : one that shows the mother of three at a Cancun beach with her "permanently flabby" belly exposed, and one that's been liked more than 375,... More »

Images Capture Effect of Smoking on Fetus

Research suggests it slows development

(Newser) - It's not exactly bombshell news that smoking during pregnancy probably means bad news for the baby, but the CDC estimates that about 14% of pregnant women in the US still light up anyway. Researchers hope their new study shrinks that number even more, reports USA Today . Using high-definition images... More »

Woman Births Surprise Baby in the Shower

Brittany Young thought she was pregnant, but not that pregnant

(Newser) - Sometimes taking a shower can leave you feeling like a new person. In the case of Brittany Young, taking a shower left her with a new person. As the Des Moines Register reports, the 24-year-old didn't think much of her stomach pains last Wednesday; she was early in her... More »

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 »

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