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Pregnant Cop Forced to Go on Unpaid Leave—Is It Discrimination?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Kentucky police officer Lyndi Trischler worked all the way through her first pregnancy—but when her bump got too big for managing her gun belt and wearing her bulletproof vest, she went off patrol duty and onto desk work until her baby arrived.

But for baby #2, she wasn’t given the same option when her bump became too big to manage. That’s because the city of Florence issued a change in policy that wouldn’t allow for job modifications unless the police officer was injured in the line of duty. And so at 23 weeks pregnant, Lyndi had to give up working and go on unpaid leave—and now may need to move back in with her parents in order for her and her older daughter to live until she’s able to go back to work.

Lyndi has filed a complaint against the city, as Today.com reports, “alleging discrimination that violates both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act,” and is hoping to force a change in policy—and get back to work. As she told Today, “I worked very hard to get to this point. This is the career I’ve really wanted. I just want to get back to work.”

Not every line of work would allow for pregnancy accommodations—you may not be able to compete in a marathon, and maybe wouldn’t be able to perform in a ballet, for instance. But if desk duty is a possibility, why not make that accommodation? Hopefully, Lyndi’s police department can get her back in uniform as soon as possible.

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Work-Life Balance in America
Work-Life Balance in America

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Zoe Saldana’s COOL Pregnancy Announcement

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Zoe Saldana
She finally did it! Rumor has been out for some time now that Zoe Saldana is pregnant—with no official word from the actress herself. But now, finally, the Guardians of the Galaxy star has acknowledged her mama-to-be status in the most au courant way possible…an ALS ice bucket challenge video! How’s that for a cool pregnancy announcement?!

In the video, Zoe explained that she wouldn’t be personally fulfilling the challenge while motioning to her growing bump, then nominated husband Marco Perego to take one for the team. You can check out their adorable video here:

Kudos to Zoe and Marco for finding a clever way to announce their pregnancy, though we are kind of baffled as to why Zoe claimed her pregnancy meant she couldn’t take the chill…can’t an expectant mom douse herself with ice water?!

Tell us: Have you taken the ice bucket challenge—and would you do it if you were expecting?

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Pregnant? Make Sure You Get This Vaccine…

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

One immunization should be on your to-do list if you’re expecting: the flu shot. According to new guidelines announced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, getting the annual flu shot is especially important for you and your baby when you’re pregnant.

Your immune system changes when you’re expecting, making it more likely that you’ll develop complications, including early labor, more serious illness, and pneumonia, if you get the flu. And getting the flu vaccine when you’re pregnant lets you pass on the antibodies and protect your newborn until he or she is old enough to be vaccinated at six months.

Right now, only about half of all pregnant women get the flu vaccine each year, but experts are hoping the number of pregnant women who get the shot increases with the announcement of these guidelines.

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The Vaccine Schedule
The Vaccine Schedule

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THIS Could Make it Harder for You to Breastfeed…

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Here’s another good reason why you should work hard to stay healthy during your pregnancy: A study by the University of Minnesota found that women who had health issues during their pregnancies were 30 percent less likely to breastfeed their children.

Using survey data, the study discovered that women who had certain predefined health issues—diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity—going into pregnancy were far less likely to be breastfeeding after birth.

But the study also found that if women with health conditions were given plenty of support by the hospital and medical staff, they were more likely to breastfeed.

So here’s the takeaway: With all the benefits for baby and mom from breastfeeding, we should be working hard to ensure healthier pregnancies from the start, and to support new moms in their breastfeeding efforts.

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How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding

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Hospital Bans VBACs—Could It Happen to You?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Some moms-to-be like Laura Nelson picked Hudson Hospital in Hudson, Wisconsin, because of its VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) friendly policy. But now, just weeks before she’s due, Nelson is looking for a new hospital (and new ob-gyn) to assist in her attempt to have a VBAC, because the hospital has banned this option after August 31st.

In a written statement to local news station WCCO, the hospital stated, “We support VBACs as an option for women, but at this time we cannot provide this service due to human resource constraints.” And it seems, according to two ob-gyns we heard from, that recommendations from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) requiring anesthesiologists and ob-gyns to remain in hospital for the entirety of a VBAC patient’s labor could be to blame for this.

“Most hospitals across the country will not offer VBACs to their patients if there is not 24 hour obstetric and/or anesthesia personal available to perform an emergency C-section or surgery,” says ob-gyn Michele Hakakha. “Budget cuts and poor funding are main reasons for hospitals not having 24-hour in-house care. Other reasons may be lack of specialized caregivers, or too few caregivers to warrant many days of in-house call per week.”

And unfortunately, money may be at play. “OBs who do VBACs and anesthesiologists with a VBAC in labor know that they are required to be ‘in house’ for however long it takes the patient to deliver—and they are NOT able to bill for their time in doing this,” says Marra Francis, ob-gyn and author of The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. “Hospitals can choose to reimburse physicians for the time they are at the hospital providing care or they can decline to reimburse them. But if all three entities (hospital, OB, Anesthesiology) can not come to an agreement on how providing VBACs will be done in order to provide the safest care that meets ACOG’s regulations, the hospital will not allow VBACs because of the liability they assume.”

This comes at a time when many experts are concerned about the growing number of C-sections, despite the fact that VBACs have a 75 percent success rate—and moms who give birth vaginally have a much shorter recovery time than those who have a C-section.

In a statement, Hudson Hospital said its working with the affected patients to help them find somewhere else to try their VBAC. But let’s hope the policy changes soon as well, so moms-to-be have more options.

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