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Mom Who Gave Up Cancer Treatment to Save Baby Dies

Newborn Life Lynn DeKlyen is 'going to be fine,' Carrie DeKlyen's husband says

(Newser) - Life Lynn DeKlyen was born Wednesday in Ann Arbor's University Hospital, and her first name is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice her mom made to bring her into this world. Carrie DeKlyen, a mom of five from Wyoming, Mich., died Saturday, two days after doctors took her off... More »

Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident

Rocio Cortes Nuñez had just delivered her 3rd child via C-section

(Newser) - A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to birth her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville's Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when... More »

10-Year-Old Credited With Saving Mom, Newborn Brother

He delivered the premature, breech baby in their Louisiana bathroom

(Newser) - Jayden Fontenot may very well have saved the lives of his mother and newborn brother last Friday. Not bad for a 10-year-old. Today reports that 36-year-old Ashly Moreau went to use the bathroom Aug. 11 at her home in Sulphur, Louisiana, and was shocked to find her unborn baby's... More »

Indian Rape Victim, 10, Gives Birth Without Knowing It

Girl's parents told her the bulge in her stomach was a stone

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape victim in India has given birth, though the BBC reports she is unaware of that fact. The girl's case grabbed headlines after it reached as high as the Indian Supreme Court, which in July denied her family's request for an abortion. While the court battles... More »

In Possible World First, Heart Surgery Saves Baby in Womb

Doctors in Canada perform in utero balloon atrial septoplasty

(Newser) - Doctors in Canada are patting themselves on the back after what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind heart surgery that saved the life of an unborn child. Halfway through her pregnancy, Kristine Barry of Barrie, Ont., learned her unborn son had a heart defect in which the two main arteries... More »

She Delighted Over Her Baby for 6 Hours. Then a Turn

Megan Moss Johnson had a heart transplant 7 years ago

(Newser) - What began as an inspiring story came to a tragic conclusion this week when a 30-year-old Nashville woman who survived a heart transplant seven years ago died after giving birth to her first child, KSDK reports. Megan Moss Johnson, originally of Ferguson, Missouri, gave birth to daughter Eilee Kate around... More »

Unaware She Was Pregnant, Woman Gives Birth on Sidewalk

Mother and baby are both in good health

(Newser) - Christine Harvey, a mother of two in Malden, Mass., was in so much pain that she went outside her apartment complex to meet a friend for a ride to the hospital. That's where, moments later on the sidewalk, she gave birth to the baby she didn't even know... More »

Newborns Got Legionnaires' Disease in Birthing Tubs

There's no sign either baby breathed in water during the birth

(Newser) - Legionnaires' Disease, a severe and sometimes fatal complication caused when tiny droplets of water with Legionella bacteria make it to the lungs, was diagnosed in 6,000 people in the US in 2015. Almost 600 of them died. In Arizona, the number of cases has more than doubled from 46... More »

Drug Costs $3, Is OTC, and Could Save 30K Lives a Year

Tranexamic acid could save one-third of moms suffering from postpartum bleeding

(Newser) - Each year, more than 100,000 women around the world die from hemorrhaging after giving birth, mainly in underdeveloped nations. But the Guardian reports a cheap, safe drug that's been used for other conditions may be able to reduce that number, to the tune of 30,000 lives saved... More »

'If I Had Given Him Just One Bottle, He Would Still Be Alive'

Jillian Johnson opens up about death of Landon due to accidental starvation

(Newser) - Jillian Johnson wishes a happy 5th birthday to her "sweet boy" Landon in a blog post at Fed Is Best —a post in which she publicly opens up for the first time about his death to accidental starvation at 19 days old. "If I had given him... More »

Woman Becomes Spain's Second Oldest to Give Birth

64-year-old delivers twins in Burgos

(Newser) - A 64-year-old has become the second oldest woman ever to give birth in Spain. The woman, identified only by her initials MIA, received fertility treatment in the US before giving birth to twins—a 5.3-pound boy and 4.8-pound girl—via Caesarean section in the Spanish city of Burgos,... More »

Her Water Broke En Route to New Life. She Told Nobody

Syrian mom holds off until family's safe arrival in Canada

(Newser) - Ibtesam Alkarnake's water broke while traveling from a refugee camp in Jordan to her new home in Canada. But the Syrian refugee told no one, not even her husband and four children, reports the Edmonton Journal . It was "brute determination on the mom's part to have the... More »

Sweden Debuts 'How to Give Birth in a Car 101'

Swedish maternity ward is closing, so midwives take preemptive measure

(Newser) - While expectant American couples taking Lamaze classes prepare for labor with breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, midwives in Sweden are busy prepping soon-to-be parents on worst-case scenarios. "Car accidents, the car could break down, you maybe drive off the road. You have to be ready," Stina Naslund tells... More »

Mom Who Gave Birth in Car Must Pay $7K Delivery Room Fee

'That's a little outrageous,' says Paula D'Amore

(Newser) - There was no ambulance, no epidural, and no hours of labor in a delivery room—yet a Florida woman who gave birth this year says she still faced a hefty hospital bill that included a $7,431 delivery room charge. "I think that's a little outrageous," says... More »

After New Mom's Death, Jehovah's Witnesses Take Heat

Eloise Dupuis, 27, died of a hemorrhage after she refused blood transfusion

(Newser) - Jehovah's Witnesses are defending their ban on blood transfusions after the death of a new mom in Quebec this month. Family members of Eloise Dupuis, 27, say she was influenced to decline a potentially lifesaving blood transfusion after a bedside visit by a "hospital liaison committee" of Jehovah'... More »

'Born Again' Baby Has Rare Distinction: 2 Births

First at 23 weeks so doctors could remove tumor, then at 36 weeks

(Newser) - "Sacrococcygeal teratoma" are not the words you want to hear during a pregnancy ultrasound, but that's what Margaret Boemer was confronted with when she went for her 16-week checkup. In an interview shared by Texas Children's Hospital with CNN , the Texas mom, who already had three kids... More »

Mom Births 3rd Kid at 62, Feels Awesome

Lina Alvarez shakes off criticism that she's too old

(Newser) - Lina Alvarez had her second child through IVF treatment at the age of 52, but "I always wanted to be a mother again." Last Monday, her wish came true when the 62-year-old doctor gave birth to a baby girl weighing 5.2 pounds via Caeserean section at a... More »

10 Best States to Have a Baby

Vermont, Maine top the list

(Newser) - Pregnant? Consider giving birth in Vermont. The state is the best in the country to have a baby, based on birthing costs and other baby-related expenses, the infant-mortality rate, and the number of pediatricians, mom groups, and child care centers per capita, reports WalletHub . Mississippi was named worst in the... More »

Video of Woman Birthing Child in Creek Viewed 52M Times

Simone Thurber had long dreamed of giving birth in nature

(Newser) - Simone Thurber gave birth to her fourth daughter in a remote Australian creek—and the birth has been viewed 52 million times. The 23-minute birthing video was posted to YouTube (warning: graphic) in 2013, but is now getting press. Thurber, a birth therapist and trained doula whose three previous births... More »

Why a 61-Year-Old Woman Just Became China's 2nd Oldest Mom

China's one-child policy has left 1 million bereaved families without any children

(Newser) - China's one-child policy may have been abolished last October , but it's still having widespread repercussions in the country, where older and older women are risking pregnancy to have a second child, the Telegraph reports. According to China Daily , a 61-year-old woman named Zhang gave birth via C-section June... More »

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