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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 »

Twin Sisters Give Birth on Exact Same Day and Time

'It's a really cool thing to be able to share'

(Newser) - "It's that magical twin connection I suppose," Sarah Mariuz tells People . "There have just been certain things in our life where things just match up—it's odd." Though even Mariuz must have been a little surprised when both she and her twin sister, Leah... More »

Mom Goes Into Hospital to Give Birth, Leaves Without Legs

Placenta condition leads to double amputation

(Newser) - A UK mom of seven delivered her eighth healthy child at the hospital in December, but a medical glitch caused the woman to lose both legs as a result. Per the Torquay Herald Express , 31-year-old Ella Clarke had a potentially dangerous placenta condition during pregnancy common with women who've... More »

Good News for Moms Who Wait to Have Kids

Study: Children of older moms are healthier, taller

(Newser) - Women who wait until 35 or later to have kids face a higher risk of problems, everything from miscarriage to diabetes to chromosomal problems with the newborn. But as Medical Today notes, that hasn't kept the average age of first pregnancies from creeping steadily up. Now, however, Swedish researchers... More »

Woman Does Her Makeup to Distract From 10-Hour Labor

And now the photos of her 'full glam look' are going viral

(Newser) - Photos from a 27-year-old New York woman's 10-hour labor are going viral, ABC News reports. Luckily, the professional makeup artist and new mom looks her best. After hours at the hospital, Alaha Karimi needed something to distract her from her contractions. "I was Googling ways to overcome the... More »

Woman in Labor Breaks Her Back, Loses Her Husband

Happy event turns tragic in Colorado

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a joyous occasion veered into tragedy last month for a pregnant Colorado woman. Jill Schmucker, a mom of two young boys, started to have contractions on Jan. 13, KUSA reports. She roused her husband, Tony, and they bundled up their sons, 6-year-old Ryder and 4-year-old... More »

A Simple Swipe Could Benefit C-Section Babies

Scientists successfully transfer mom's bacteria to baby

(Newser) - Babies born via Cesarean section have a different microbiome than infants delivered naturally: For having skipped that trip down the birth canal, C-section babies lack bacteria that help the immune system recognize and accept other beneficial microbes; they may also be at an increased risk for obesity, asthma, allergies, and... More »

Age of New US Moms Higher Than Ever

26 years, 4 months

(Newser) - The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the US—over 26. The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms, but more first births to older women also are pushing the number up, says TJ Mathews of the Centers for Disease Control... More »

MRIs Reveal Hidden Toll of Childbirth

Study finds that 15% of women suffer serious pelvic injuries

(Newser) - Childbirth can take a toll on a woman's body that rivals the damage endured by hardcore athletes—and a team of researchers has the MRI scans to prove it. The University of Michigan team found that 15% of women suffer pelvic injuries that don't heal, even when they... More »

New Mom's Fiance, Mother Killed on Way to Hospital

They died when their car hit a tree in Michigan

(Newser) - Emil Skokan III was every bit the doting father-to-be when his fiancee texted him to say she would soon undergo a C-section. "He said, 'Do you need anything?' and that he would come up shortly and that he loved me," Crystal Matrau-Belt, 24, tells ABC News . "... More »

Infant Taken From Mom Who Drank Pot Tea While Pregnant

Ohio woman says she researched using marijuana for sickness, pain

(Newser) - Ohio voters failed to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday—a law that could have prevented what's now happening to Hollie Sanford and her family. The Cleveland mom tried to alleviate extreme morning sickness and sciatic nerve pain during her pregnancy by drinking marijuana tea, a substance she tells Fox 8... More »

NY Couple Has Identical Triplets—Conceived Naturally

'We hit the genetic lottery,' says the proud dad

(Newser) - Most moms will boast that their child is one in a million. Kelli Fenley can say her three sons are literally that after the identical triplet boys were born in Mineola, NY, on July 1. Owen, Noah, and Miles each weighed less than three pounds at birth but are doing... More »

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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Report: Women Slapped, Abused During Childbirth

Widespread abuses at the hands of health care workers

(Newser) - Childbirth is generally accepted to be a painful experience, but a new study indicates that some of the pain may come at the hands of health care workers. Researchers analyzed 65 studies from 34 countries (one study was conducted in NYC in 1999; other locations included Cuba, England, Australia, Sweden,... 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 »

65-Year-Old Gives Birth to Quadruplets

That makes babies No. 14, 15, 16, and 17 for mom

(Newser) - A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age. Annegret Raunigk gave birth to a girl, Neeta, and three boys, Dries, Bence, and Fjonn, by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday, reports RTL television.... More »

65-Year-Old Gives Birth, Sets Record

She's the oldest to bear a child in Israel

(Newser) - A 65-year-old woman in Israel has just become a mother for the first time. The ultra-Orthodox woman gave birth to a healthy 5.9-pound baby boy this week, reports the Jerusalem Post . Haya Shahar did so thanks to IVF treatment she had outside the country, likely Russia, because Israel forbids... More »

Thanks, Obama: Mom Stuck in His Traffic Has Baby

Mother, son, president all fine

(Newser) - President Obama visited Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday, which resulted in the usual presidential traffic jam. In this case, it was I-65 that turned into gridlock, the same route that an expectant woman and her husband were taking, reports Wave3 . Police took a call about 5:15pm from the husband explaining that... More »

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