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These posts address issues related to fertility, family planning, birth control, pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, pregnancy loss, and birth.

CDC Answers Your Zika Questions

By April 27, 2016 2 Comments
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On April 11 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they had confirmed a causal relationship between Zika infections during pregnancy and the birth defect microcephaly. Along with this finding, the CDC also announced that the new research about Zika indicated the virus was “scarier than we initially thought.” With that announcement, and […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


What States Get Wrong When They Ban Abortions Based on Genetic Factors

By April 25, 2016 2 Comments
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No one should ever have to experience the loss of a child. But that’s what legislation passed by the Oklahoma, Indiana and North Dakota legislatures would ban abortions for reason of genetic abnormality would do; it would force women to carry a fetus diagnosed in utero with a terminal genetic disorders to full term and then slowly watch their child die.  I know this, because this is the […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


UPDATE: Zika and Pregnancy – What You Need To Know

By March 21, 2016 No Comments
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Active mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika Virus are being documented in several U.S. territories, a major change since the last time we updated our readers on the spread of the virus about one month ago. As of March 16, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 258 travel-associated Zika infections on U.S. soil, meaning people who contracted the virus […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, Science 101 + Mythbusting


I Want Data: Pregnancy When You Have A Rare(ish) Disease

By February 29, 2016 No Comments
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“Can’t you just look at the monitor and tell me when to push?” I asked my nurse. “I feel like I need more data to tell me whether or not I’m getting any closer to having this baby.” I had been pushing for more than three hours and the epidural left me with little physical […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


Ladies, Don’t Drink and Don’t Have Babies: When Public Health Messaging Fails

By and February 8, 2016 1 Comment
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  We strive to be evidence-based communicators here at The Scientific Parent, and sometimes we collectively wring our hands at public health messaging by our counterparts at other organizations. After all, the public health nerd core tends to be made up of nerds, and while we love nerds (seeing as how we consider ourselves members […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC) + Repeat C-Sections: Myths vs Reality, Part Three

By and January 28, 2016 No Comments
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Interview with Dr. Jean-Giles Tchabo In my last two posts (which you can read here and here), I talked about my experience approaching the delivery of my second child, after having an emergency c-section for my first. My OB/Gyn, Dr. Jean-Giles Tchabo was someone I found who encouraged vaginal deliveries after cesarean sections (VBACs) as an option […]

Categories: Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, Science 101 + Mythbusting