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Could Labor Be Considered Child Abuse?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

That’s the scary implication behind one hospital’s attempt to keep a mom-to-be from trying a vaginal birth after previous C-sections (VBAC). Mom-to-be Jennifer Goodall received a letter from the hospital where she planned to give birth, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Florida, stating that “because she decided to have a trial of labor before agreeing to cesarean surgery, her prenatal care providers intended to report her to the Department of Children and Family Services, seek a court order to perform surgery, and to perform cesarean surgery on her ‘with or without [her] consent’ if she came to the hospital,” according to a press release from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

Goodall tried to fight it in court, but was unsuccessful—the judge said that she had no “right to compel a physician or medical facility to perform a medical procedure in the manner she wishes against their best medical judgment.” (And that’s despite the fact that Goodall herself said she wasn’t adverse to having another C-section—but just wanted the chance to try laboring.) In the end, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy last weekend, at a different hospital where they were willing to allow her to labor—and had a C-section.

But this wasn’t the first time that a woman reported being bullied into a C-section. We reported about a woman who was suing a New York-area hospital for forcing her to have a C-section against her will.

VBACS aren’t right for everyone. But at a time when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is expressing concern over the startling numbers of C-sections (one in three babies is born via C-section now), why are so many hospitals still pushing for surgery? And why are they using scare tactics like reporting parents to Child Services for questioning the hospital protocol?

Labor & Delivery: Unplanned C-Section
Labor & Delivery: Unplanned C-Section
Labor & Delivery: Unplanned C-Section

 

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Which Grey’s Anatomy Star Is Pregnant?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Looks like fact and fiction are gelling quite nicely for Grey’s Anatomy’s star Sarah Drew. Her character, April Kepner, just announced her pregnancy with hunky husband (and fellow doctor) Jackson Avery in the season finale last spring, and now Sarah just shared the same big news in real life—she’s due in December.

This will be the second baby for Sarah and her husband, Peter Lanfer, who already have a two-year-old son, Micah Emmanuel. (more…)

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Your Baby Can Learn in Utero!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Can you teach your baby poetry before it’s even born? Researchers think that your baby may actually be hanging on your every word, and that he or she can understand what you’re saying in utero, even as early as the second trimester. (Better mind those four-letter words!)

The study, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, involved having the mom recite a particular nursery rhyme to their child a few times a day for six weeks. After the 34th week, the moms stopped reciting the poem, and instead, they played a recording of an unfamiliar woman reciting either the same poem or a different rhyme. Those who heard the familiar poem had their fetal heart rate slow, while those who heard the unfamiliar rhyme had their heart rate speed up.

The researchers believed the slowed heart rate indicated that the child had learned in utero.”This research highlights just how sophisticated the third trimester fetus really is and suggests that a mother’s voice is involved in the development of early learning and memory capabilities,” Charlene Krueger, nursing researcher and associate professor in the University of Florida’s College of Nursing, said in a university news release. “This could potentially affect how we approach the care and stimulation of the preterm infant.”

Bottom line: Talk to your baby in utero! Whether you recite Shakespeare or simply share words of love, your baby’s listening. Want to keep up with how your baby’s developing? Sign up for our Daily Kick newsletter.

Growing Big: Weeks 31 to 34 of Pregnancy
Growing Big: Weeks 31 to 34 of Pregnancy
Growing Big: Weeks 31 to 34 of Pregnancy

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Celeb Baby Shower Bonanza: Snooki, Jwoww & Chelsea Clinton and More!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Stars—they’re just like us! And that means that when there’s a baby on the way, they celebrate in a big way. Recently, Chelsea Clinton, Savannah Guthrie, Snooki, and Jwoww shared the details of their baby showers—how do they compare to your celebration?

They picked elaborate themes. Snooki’s shower featured a grand “Great Gatsby” theme, and she (and several other guests) sported fascinators and flapper-esque ensembles to fit with the party.

They invited the guys. Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea’s husband Mark Mezvinsky both made appearances at Chelsea Clinton’s celebration.

They hired entertainment. Jwoww’s shower featured a drag queen emcee to keep the crowd entertained.

The gift opening happened elsewhere.Chelsea Clinton’s shower featured lots of celebrating, but the mom-to-be took home her bounty and opened the onesies and strollers in the privacy of her home.

They turned a “sprinkle” into a full-on fete. In the past, moms-to-be usually saved lavish showers for their first-born, with very small (or no) celebrations for future children. But perhaps Snooki’s part of a trend to celebrate every baby’s arrival. (And really, doesn’t every baby deserve a party?)

They planned a menu perfect for the mom-to-be. Chelsea Clinton’s gluten-free menu meant she could enjoy any of the goodies offered at the celebration.

They asked their guests to provide gifts for those who really need them. At Savannah Guthrie’s totally cute shower guests were asked to bring one book for her baby, and one to be donated for those who may have a harder time stocking their bookshelves. Because let’s face facts: Savannah can probably swing a pretty nice stroller.

Tell us: What made your baby shower special? If your party’s still in the planning stages, check out our Baby Shower Planner for inspiration.

Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2

Image: JWoww & Snooki at JWoww’s shower, by David Ragsdale/Courtesy of JWoww

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First New Mom Charged Under Law Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy

Monday, July 14th, 2014

A controversial new state law in Tennessee allows for prosecution of women who use drugs while pregnant, on the grounds that such behavior is equivalent to “assault,” according to ABC News. And the first woman in the state has just been charged with that crime.

According to the local ABC News affiliate, 26-year-old new mother Mallory Loyola was arrested this week following testing positive, along with her newborn baby, for meth.

The law took effect just this month, and allows for the prosecution of a narcotic drug-using mother whose pregnancy drug use harms the baby, or leads to his addiction.

In this case, Loyola admitted to smoking meth (which is not a narcotic) only a few days before giving birth to her child. After delivery, the baby girl tested positive for meth. Loyola’s charge, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to a year in jail.

Critics of the new law worry that it will disproportionately punish poor mothers and mothers of color. And the law flies in the face of the Obama administration’s emphasis on treating rather than punishing such crimes.

I worry, too, that poor and minority moms will be unfairly victimized by such a law. And in many circumstances, it seems babies would be much better served if their moms end up in treatment—potentially a life-saving, family-protecting service that could last a lifetime—rather than separated from the family while doing a stint in jail. Jails aren’t rehab facilities, after all.

But let’s hear from you: Do you support or oppose a law that makes drug use during pregnancy a crime?

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Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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