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It Was a 'Miracle' Birth. The Mother Knew Nothing of It

Perpetual Uke praises medical science for delivery of twins while in coma

(Newser) - Perpetual Uke was 26 weeks pregnant when her twins were delivered by cesarean section at a hospital in Birmingham, England. She didn't meet them for a month. Diagnosed with COVID-19, the rheumatology consultant had been taken to the hospital, placed on a ventilator in the ICU, and then put...

After 14 Boys, It's a Girl

Michigan couple welcomes 15th child, who broke their streak

(Newser) - A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons has welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child. Kateri Schwandt gave birth Thursday to Maggie Jayne, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, the AP reports, and entered...

This Pit Stop Wasn't in Pregnant Woman's Birth Plan

Florida woman in labor made husband stop so she could vote on their way to hospital

(Newser) - "Florida Woman" definitely trumps "Florida Man"—at least in the case of a pregnant woman in Orange County who wasn't about to miss her chance to vote in this election. While some people have flown hundreds of miles to exercise their right to vote, this unidentified...

Woman Starts Bar Exam, Has Baby, Finishes Bar Exam

Brianna Hill was 30 minutes into test when labor began

(Newser) - Brianna Hill said being in the middle of her bar exam kept her mind off being in labor, though it could just as easily have worked the other way around. The recent law school grad, 38 weeks pregnant, was taking the first part of the Illinois State Bar exam at...

Newborn Infected With COVID in Womb

It's the first confirmed case, but baby is OK

(Newser) - French doctors have recorded what they say is the first known case of a baby contracting the novel coronavirus in the womb. The child, born to a mother who'd tested positive for COVID-19, had brain inflammation linked to the virus, which passed into the infant's bloodstream through placenta,...

Mask Does Unusual Double Duty at Birth

Very new father used it to tie off umbilical cord

(Newser) - A mask came in handy as a woman gave birth outside a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, over the weekend. The mother wasn't wearing it, though. Rather, the baby's father used it to bind the umbilical cord, reports the Courier-Journal . Sarah and David Patrick had rushed to Baptist Health...

She's 68, He's 77. Meet Their New Twins

Nigeria's Margaret and Noah Adenuga have babies via IVF, nearly 50 years after they started trying

(Newser) - A Nigerian woman has become a first-time mother at age 68. Margaret Adenuga—perhaps the oldest first-time mother in Africa, per the Times —underwent three in vitro fertilization procedures before finding success with her fourth. She and husband Noah Adenuga, 77, then welcomed twins at the Lagos University Teaching...

From a Woman's Coronavirus Coma, a Birth

'All of a sudden I didn't have my belly anymore'

(Newser) - A woman in Washington state awoke from a medically induced coma to learn that not only had she survived COVID-19—she'd also given birth. Angela Primachenko, a 27-year-old respiratory therapist from Vancouver, was 33 weeks pregnant, with a fever and other symptoms, when she was tested for the novel...

Moms-to-Be React to Virus Ban: 'So Much Anxiety Now'

2 major NYC health care systems ban partners, other support people in hospital delivery rooms

(Newser) - An outcry has emerged after two major hospital systems in the New York City area have enacted strict policies on who can accompany a mom-to-be into the delivery room during the coronavirus outbreak—notably, no one except medical staff. In a move that Dr. Dena Goffman, chief of obstetrics at...

She'd Given Birth 3 Days Earlier. That Didn't Stop Her Heroism

Holly McNally, other Good Samaritans helped rescue on-fire truck driver after fuel tanker crash

(Newser) - An Indianapolis-area mom had quite the week, with a relatively quiet Tuesday and Wednesday bookended by the birth of her fourth child and a heroic rescue. The Indianapolis Star reports that Holly McNally, 35, delivered baby Connor on Monday after only a half-hour or so of labor. Connor has had...

The C-Section Was Supposed to Be Routine. Then, a Pink Catheter

Charles Johnson is suing Cedars-Sinai for wife's death during childbirth

(Newser) - A father of two is suing Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, where his wife died during what was supposed to be a routine cesarean section. Charles Johnson says wife Kira's Foley catheter turned pink with blood as son Langston was delivered three years ago. When he raised concerns, "...

Indiana Twins Were Born in Different Decades

Indiana brother and sister arrived just before and just after midnight

(Newser) - An Indiana woman knew which of her twins, a boy and a girl, would be born first. "She's been in position for most of the pregnancy," Dawn Gilliam said. But she didn't know that Joslyn would be born a decade ahead of her brother. She arrived...

Woman Sues Over Terror-Filled Birth at Denver County Jail

Diana Sanchez says she was forced to labor and deliver alone in her cell

(Newser) - A Colorado woman says she was forced to give birth alone without medical assistance in a dirty cell at the Denver County Jail, even as nurses milled about. Diana Sanchez's lawsuit claims she delivered a baby boy at 10:44am on July 31, 2018, nearly six hours after alerting...

They're Twins. With 77 Days Between Their Birthdays

Their Kazakh mother just learned of her double uterus

(Newser) - A mother in Kazakhstan is celebrating the birth of a son almost three months after his twin sister was delivered. The 77-day wait—10 days shy of the world record interval for twin births—isn't all that makes this one exceedingly rare, per Live Science . According to the country'...

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier...

Midwife Faces 20 Years in Death of Breech Baby

Angela Hock, unlicensed, charged with negligent child abuse

(Newser) - An unlicensed midwife is facing charges after she unsuccessfully tried to deliver a breech baby, who later died. Angela Hock of Nebraska Birth Keeper was paid at least $3,000 to assist 25-year-old Emily Noe in delivering a baby at her Omaha home, per the Omaha World-Herald and KETV . Some...

She Gave Birth to Her Son, Then Lost Her Hands, Feet

'I would do this all over again to have him'

(Newser) - Two days after giving birth to her son Myles in early 2017, Lindsey Hubley went home. The 33-year-old first-time mom wouldn't be there long. Hubley's perineum had torn during delivery, and the infection that subsequently developed was a ruinous one: necrotizing fasciitis. The flesh-eating disease traveled to her...

Couple Had No Idea They Were Pregnant Until Labor Hit

They feared kidney stones, ended up with a baby instead

(Newser) - Bryson and Grace Mawn had just eaten dinner with friends when Grace started having stomach pains so bad, the Louisiana couple went to the emergency room. Bryson assumed his wife had kidney stones, but what she actually had was a baby—a little girl born shortly after they arrived at...

She Gave Birth in February, and Then Again Last Week

Bangladesh's Arifa Sultana is just a bit overwhelmed

(Newser) - Arifa Sultana gave birth to her first child in late February. Her next two came less than a month later—via a previously unknown second womb. It was one shock after another for the 20-year-old Bangladeshi woman, whose water broke 26 days after her vaginal delivery of a premature baby...

Midwife Arrested for Delivering Mennonite Babies

Mennonites are making a rare public stand in her defense

(Newser) - Mennonite women in upstate New York are making a rare public stand to defend a midwife who has delivered hundreds of their babies. Elizabeth Catlin was arrested in November for, authorities say, practicing midwifery without a license. She's a certified professional midwife, but New York requires midwives to possess...

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