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In a Burger King Bathroom, a Newborn Defies Odds

Infant born in toilet expected to be OK as mother heads to rehab

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Ohio woman is heading to drug rehab in the hope of securing custody of her week-old son, born in the toilet of a Burger King bathroom stall. Authorities responding to a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a running car say they found Zachary... More »

Poppy Seed Bagel Leads to Mom's 'Traumatizing' Ordeal

Maryland mom Elizabeth Eden warns other expectant moms

(Newser) - Elaine Benes could get behind this: A new mom is asking a Maryland hospital to revamp its approach to drug tests for expectant moms after her poppy seed bagel breakfast resulted in a false positive for opiates. "It was traumatizing," Elizabeth Eden tells WBAL of the saga... More »

Lawsuit Alleges Docs Gave C-Section Without Anesthesia

Delphina Mota claims her surgery went forward after the anesthesiologist couldn't be found

(Newser) - A California mom says she was given a c-section without anesthesia. A lawsuit filed by Delphina Mota claims she was in labor last year when doctors at an Oceanside hospital were unable to detect a fetal heartbeat, forcing them to perform emergency surgery. However, the suit claims the anesthesiologist on... More »

She Gave Birth to 3rd Child, Dies of Infection Days Later

Donations pouring in to family of Lindsay Crosby of Connecticut

(Newser) - On June 24, Lindsay Bugbee Crosby of Simsbury, Conn., gave birth to her third child, a healthy baby boy named Nolan. A happy photo shows the smiling mom celebrating in the hospital with husband Evan and daughters Finlay, 5, and Sigrid, 3. Within a week, however, the 32-year-old was back... More »

New Zealand Welcomes High-Profile Citizen

PM Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl in Auckland

(Newser) - It's a healthy baby girl for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, now only the second elected leader in history to give birth while in office . Admitted to an Auckland hospital early Thursday, four days after her due date, the 37-year-old gave birth to the child weighing 7 pounds,... More »

Want to Hit the Low Notes? Have a Baby

Researchers find that a woman’s voice drops after giving birth

(Newser) - Want to sound more authoritative or hit those low notes in your signature song? Just have a baby. It worked for Adele and Kristen Bell , who have both noted that during and after pregnancy, their voices were lower. Researchers at the University of Sussex in Britain may have an explanation... More »

Baby Born on Island That Has 'Ban' on Childbirth

Fernando de Noronha island is some 230 miles off Brazil's coast

(Newser) - It lies 230 miles off the coast of Brazil, making Fernando de Noronha a fairly isolated island—so much so that women who become pregnant there are told to go to the mainland to give birth. So amidst what the BBC terms a "ban" on childbirth comes a surprise:... More »

Seth Meyers' Wife Delivers Baby in Apartment Lobby

'‘We’re about to have a baby—we’re having a baby—we had a baby'

(Newser) - Seth Meyers is a father for the second time, and new son Axel Strahl made his arrival on April 8 in dramatic fashion. Meyers told his audience Monday the story of how he and his wife, Alexi Ashe, were heading to their Uber to take them to the hospital when... More »

Woman Eats Chinese Food, Discovers She's Very Pregnant

Floridian delivers a baby boy after being unaware she was pregnant

(Newser) - A Florida woman awoke to what she believed were the consequences of a bad dish of General Tso's chicken, but instead had an unexpected baby in arms three hours later, per the AP . The Pensacola News Journal reports 29-year-old Crystal Gail Amerson thought food poisoning was responsible for the... More »

14-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies in Childbirth

'Her body was not ready for a pregnancy,' hospital director says in Paraguay

(Newser) - Paraguay is facing pressure to rewrite its strict abortion laws following the death of a 14-year-old rape victim during childbirth. Complications meant the unnamed teen—whose alleged rapist, 37, is in custody—was hospitalized for 20 days before going into labor. She then experienced a respiratory issue that prompted an... More »

Serena Williams Calls for Action After Scary Birth Experience

We need to make the world safer for all moms and newborns, she writes

(Newser) - Serena Williams nearly died after her daughter was born via emergency C-section last year; a pulmonary embolism "sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived," the tennis star writes for CNN . Living through the experience made Williams realize even though it was terrifying,... More »

Serena Williams Gave Birth, Then 'Everything Went Bad'

She spent week in hospital due to blood clots

(Newser) - Serena Williams won't be defending her Australian Open title next week, for good reason. She's still bouncing back from complications from childbirth, which left her bedridden for six weeks, she tells Vogue . Williams, who appears on the February cover of the mag, says "everything went bad" a... More »

New Mom Is 26; Embryo Was 24

Tennessee woman gives birth to embryo frozen almost a quarter-century ago

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman in Tennessee has given birth to a baby girl, but this otherwise everyday event comes with a remarkable twist. The embryo that resulted in the birth was frozen 24 years ago, meaning mom and baby are in one sense nearly the same age. "This embryo and... More »

'Pioneer in Her Field' Dies Delivering Twins

NYC MTA elevator and escalator mechanic Julia Roman suffered an amniotic fluid embolism

(Newser) - Julia Roman came to the US from the Dominican Republic when she was 16, joined a program that helps women get jobs in male-dominated industries, and ended up making history: She was the first female elevator and escalator mechanic for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But the story of... More »

Nurse Delivers Own Baby Inside Her Car

She'd made it to the hospital parking lot

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania nurse put her expertise to work when she went into labor and delivered her own baby in her car outside the hospital where she's employed. Katie Michael says her water broke during evening rush hour on Oct. 27, per the AP . The Mechanicsburg woman tells WPMT-TV she... More »

Family 'Super-Excited' to Welcome Baby Frankenstein

Fla. baby's name is literally Oskar Gary Frankenstein

(Newser) - A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween: a baby Frankenstein. Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labor on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital near Orlando, reports the AP . Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein... More »

No Proven Benefits, Several Risks to Eating Placenta

Placenta capsules may carry bacteria, heavy metals: study

(Newser) - The trend of eating placenta after childbirth "borders on cannibalism" and is only lining providers' pockets, rather than offering any benefit to women or their newborns. That's according to researchers of a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, which finds "no known scientifically... More »

Good News for Women Who Want an Epidural

They don't prolong the second stage of labor, study finds

(Newser) - Good news for women who want an epidural in the later stage of childbirth: Contrary to popular opinion, a new study finds epidurals do not prolong the second stage of labor. Many obstetricians are hesitant to give epidural anesthesia as a woman gets closer to delivering due to that belief,... More »

New Mom Becomes Quadruple Amputee and Blames Hospital

Lindsey Hubley says doctors' negligence led to flesh-eating disease

(Newser) - When Lindsey Hubley visited a hospital complaining of a "sharp, distinct, abdominal pain" a few days after giving birth, she says doctors blamed constipation without examining her. The 33-year-old Canadian woman then headed home, only to return to IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the next day, per... More »

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 »

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