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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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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
At 35 weeks into my twin pregnancy, I’m 36 years old—with my 37th birthday coming up in two weeks. I have joked all along that these kiddos are welcome to enter the world any day they’re good and ready, with the exception of July 15, because that’s my day to be a princess forevermore!
All birthday jokes aside, I know all too well from personal experience that being pregnant after 35 comes with a huge swirl of scary rhetoric, with the phrase “advanced maternal age” following you like a dark shadow to every appointment and every test result. Even scarier, perhaps, is the swirl of rhetoric surrounding women in the 35-and-up category (so, basically, all of my closest friends) and their reduced chances of conception.
Well, there’s good news out now for those consumed by such worries: The Daily Beast notes that commonly cited statistics that suggest one out of three women older than 35 will not get pregnant after trying for a year come from an analysis of statistics as old as 350 years! And indeed, more modern studies suggest much better results: “About 80 percent of women 35-39 will get pregnant naturally in a year of trying,” according to the Daily Beast. “That’s barely different from the 85 percent of under 35’s who will succeed.”
And beyond even that, the Beast cites a study that suggests 92 percent of 35 to 39-year-old women had at least one normal embryo to transfer after a single IVF cycle. So to sum up, these newer studies both conclude that stats for both natural and IVF conceptions seem much stronger for women through their late 30s than prevailing discourse might otherwise suggest.
And furthermore, a new study published last week and cited in the Washington Post found that women who conceive naturally after age 33 have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before the age of 30. (Though that statistic is not uncomplicated, as this analysis shows.)
So what do you make of all this: Are new studies convincing enough to crush mythologies surrounding pregnancy after 35?
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Monday, June 9th, 2014
We all know that pregnancy comes with a plethora of side effects. Some, like getting bigger boobs, are a fun perk. Others (like getting up every five minutes to pee, having seriously bad acid reflux, and being totally exhausted yet completely unable to find a comfortable sleeping position)? Not so much. Being pregnant in your third trimester can be especially draining. From swollen ankles to back pain, your body is aching for Baby to finally make an appearance.
So if you’re a so-over-it-already mama-to-be who’s feeling the effects of pregnancy and desperately looking for a laugh, check out this “I’m So Pregnant” video—a parody of Iggy Azalea’s hit “Fancy”—from the WhatsUpMoms YouTube channel. It’s a funny-because-it’s-so-true look at the last month of pregnancy. (more…)
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Friday, June 6th, 2014
Okay, so unlike celebrities, most of us regular folks don’t have paparazzi photographing our every move, and tabloids wondering if our belly bloat is actually a baby bump—but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to reveal our pregnancy news on our own terms, just like the stars!
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Lifetime has had a full slate of questionable reality shows for a while, including the painful-to-watch therapy session of True Tori and the bitter backstage griping at Dance Moms. But the latest show they’re developing may just go a bit too far—called “Born in the Wild,” the show will chronicle women who decide to take home birth a few million steps further, and take their birth outdoors and into the woods. (Want to see the video that inspired it? Check it here!)
OB/GYNs, as you can imagine, have been extremely critical of the idea of the show, and the potential risks to both mom and baby should something go awry when they’re out in the middle of nowhere. (Heck, even home births have been shown to be more risky than their medically assisted counterparts—and those don’t include giving birth on a grassy knoll in the rain.) But the producers say that they have many safeguards in place, including requiring the birthing place to be a short distance from a hospital, having an EMT on site with the camera crew to intervene if needed, and casting only low-risk moms who already have an uneventful birth or two under their belts.
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