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Why This Woman Sued Her Doctor After Getting Pregnant

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

While you are likely over-the-moon ecstatic to be pregnant, Cynthia Williams of Illinois was not. She and her husband both carry the trait for sickle cell—which causes pain, infections and eventually life-threatening organ damage—so after having three kids, one with sickle cell anemia, Cynthia decided she wanted to get her tubes tied, a permanent birth control operation. Six months after undergoing the procedure, Cynthia found out she was pregnant.

Instead of calling all of her friends to tell them the good news, Cynthia admits to, “I was livid! I just lost it.” Cynthia’s worst nightmare came to fruition: she gave birth to a baby girl with sickle cell disease, Kennadi, now four. The same year Kennadi was born, Cynthia filed a lawsuit against Dr. Byron Rosner of Reproductive Health Associates in Hazel Crest for “wrongful pregnancy” in hopes of getting money to cover the “extraordinary” medical expenses of raising a child with sickle cell disease as well as personal injury to her, emotional distress, and for lost wages.

A small percentage of women do become pregnant after having tubal ligation (2 to 10 out of every 1,000 procedures), but since Cynthia only had one ovary, the doctor only tied one fallopian tube, and Cynthia believes her doctor tied the wrong one, causing her to still have the ability to get pregnant. It seems she was right. According to medical records obtained by ABC, Dr. Rosner ‘tied,’ ‘excised’ and ‘cauterized’ Williams’ right fallopian tube. However, her right ovary had been removed at age 12 due to a cyst. So he should have been tying the left one.

To make matters worse, Cynthia also suffered from congestive heart failure following the pregnancy she never wanted in the first place. Due to the congestive heart failure, Cynthia was in intensive care for two weeks after her C-section with Kennadi and wasn’t able to work for nine months—that’s why she’s also suing for lost wages.

Though Kennadi is now the love of her life, Cynthia says that raising Kennadi and knowing all the pain she will be suffering is very difficult. So she was delighted to hear that after years in court limbo, an appellate court has finally ruled that her case could go forward despite a move to dismiss it by Dr. Rosner’s attorneys.

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MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” Good Birth Control?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

While parenting groups have called for shows like MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom to be yanked off the air for glamorizing teen pregnancy, a new study suggests 16 and Pregnant and its spinoffs have actually helped lower the teen birth rate. Yep, in fact a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research that examined Nielsen television ratings and birth records states that the shows have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010 alone.

Even though some of the so-called stars of the show have gone on to become C-list celebrities, it seems teens are getting the message loud and clear that pregnancy and raising a baby is hard work—even harder when you’re in an unstable relationship, dealing with a major financial crunch and sleepless nights while trying to get through high school, and wishing you were out partying with your friends rather than changing poopy diapers.

The findings suggest that seeing these teen moms—many of which are total messes—has forced teens to take a look at what having sex, especially unprotected sex, can lead to. Luckily, they agree the picture isn’t pretty! The show—which can draw up to 3 million viewers per episode, many of which are young females—is credited with an almost 6 percent drop in the overall teen pregnancy decline.

Lead researchers, Melissa S. Kearney, the director of the Hamilton Project, a research group in Washington, and Phillip B. Levine of Wellesley College, looked at Nielsen ratings as well as search data for Google Trends and Twitter to determine the show’s potential impact on teen birth rates. They recorded spikes in Google searches and Twitter mentions about the show when new episodes aired and looked for searches on terms like “birth control” and “abortion,” which also spiked. They then looked to see if higher viewership in certain geographic areas corresponded with a bigger drop in teen births. It did.

Over all, they found that the rate of teenage pregnancy declined in areas where teens were watching more MTV programming than in areas where they did not. According to the New York Times, they weren’t able to know whether individual viewers of the programs “changed their behaviors to avoid unprotected sex, but the researchers were able to correlate viewership over all with reduced birthrates.”

In 1991, 62 teenage girls out of every 1,000 gave birth. By 2007, that dropped to 42 out of 1,000. In 2012, the birthrate dropped even lower to 29 out of 1,000. The study found that watching 16 and Pregnant can account for about one-third of the decline during an 18-month period in 2010. Can you believe it?

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Time to Get Pregnant? When You’re Most Likely to Conceive

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Apparently, November is one big love fest. At least that’s what research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seems to point to, because more women conceive in November than in any other month. (Confession: I feed into that statistic. My son was conceived in early November, due in early August, but came a week early and ended up a July 28 baby).

While there’s no clear data on why everyone’s knocking boots in November, I have some theories of my own. First off, it’s cold out, and who wants to go outside in the cold and snow, when you can stay inside with your honey and keep yourselves warm (and busy!)? And if you do make your way out of the house to build that cute snowman or make snow angels, when you get back in, you’re going to want to dive right into bed and find some way to warm each other up.

And while November is the kick-off of the holiday season, it’s before the full-on December rush and stress hits you (don’t forget, people, stress hormones reduce your chances of getting pregnant!), so you’re still in good, happy spirits and open to both long, passionate romps or just a quickie. You’re also traveling a lot and so the many chances of forgetting to pack your birth control could be another reason for all of those babies.

Thanksgiving makes you feel all lovey-dovey and grateful for each and every amazing person in your life—and that of course includes the person you’re sleeping with! So to show your appreciation for each other, you—what else?—have sex. A lot.

In November, you also have your high school and college homecomings to attend, and nothing gets you more in the mood than reminiscing about the good ol’ wild days, right? Oh, and the tailgate parties! Let’s put it this way: for many women, booze = loss of inhibitions, which means all of those sexual fantasies you’ve had are about to come true (making tons of boyfriends and husbands very happy campers).

So now that you know November is the best time to conceive, you have exactly 29 days to plan every last sexscapade for the month. Here’s to getting lucky, ladies!

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