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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... More »

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'... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Mothers May Face Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

Years after childbirth, women face an increased likelihood of developing the disease, study finds

(Newser) - A study has found that women may be at an increased risk for developing breast cancer for years after giving birth. Per CNN , the study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that one factor tied to higher risk for the disease is having had a... More »

'Extremely Exciting' World First for Woman Sans Womb

Patient gave birth to healthy baby girl after uterus transplant from deceased donor

(Newser) - A 45-year-old woman who'd been pregnant and had three successful deliveries died from a stroke—but her uterus just produced its fourth child. In what Gizmodo calls a "medical first," doctors in Sao Paulo, Brazil, implanted that woman's reproductive organ after her death in a 32-year-old... More »

'We Can't Go Back to '50s': More Babies Born Outside Wedlock

40% in the US, 60% in the EU

(Newser) - In a big cultural shift, 40% of all US births now happen outside of marriage, according to a new UN report. That's up from just 10% in 1970, Bloomberg Quint reports. In the European Union, 60% of births occur outside of wedlock. In most cases, the births are to... More »

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 »

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