Pregnancy

8:11am

Tue April 17, 2012
Health

Dental Issues In Pregnant Women Put Babies At Risk

Pamela McClain, Pres. of the American Academy of Periodontology, working on a patient. Studies have determined that poor dental hygiene & gum disease lead to many other health problems, including the potential for premature and low birthweight babies.
Courtesy of Pamela McClain

3:32pm

Fri April 13, 2012
Making Babies: 21st Century Families

Ties That Bind: When Surrogate Meets Mom-To-Be

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 3:55 pm

Surrogate Whitney Watts had her son, J.P., while her husband, Ray Watts, was at sea with the Navy. Surrogacy experts say it's crucial for surrogates to have their own children because they'd presumably understand the emotions involved in bearing a child. The couple for whom Whitney carried twins paid for all expenses during the pregnancy, including private health insurance.
Marisa Peñaloza NPR

Second in a four-part report

As she approached her sixth month of pregnancy last year, Whitney Watts' cervix had started to shorten. It's a common problem with twins. Watts was concerned, and was taking care not to overexert herself.

But it's probably fair to say her condition was far more frightening for Susan de Gruchy, the woman who had hired Watts to be a surrogate because she and her husband were unable to conceive. Nearly 400 miles away, de Gruchy was obsessed with worry.

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2:29pm

Fri April 13, 2012
Making Babies: 21st Century Families

Legal Debate Over Surrogacy Asks, Who Is A Parent?

William Stern holds his daughter, then known as Baby M, in 1987. The Sterns' surrogate tried to keep the baby after she was born. Their court battle became the first public debate about surrogacy.
M. Elizabeth Fulford AP

Third in a four-part report

These days it can take a village to create a child. Technology means someone who never thought they'd be able to conceive can use a sperm donor, an egg donor and a surrogate — a woman who bears a child for someone else. But the law has not kept pace with technology, and with so many people involved, a key question remains: Who is a legal parent?

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3:23pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Health Care

Abortion Foes Push To Redefine Personhood

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 5:01 pm

After a sperm fertilizes an egg, cells divide in a stage called a blastocyst. Doctors say pregnancy doesn't start until the blastocyst implants into the woman's uterus.
iStockphoto.com

Last year's GOP takeover of the U.S. House and statehouses across the country has dramatically changed the shape of the nation's abortion debate. It has also given a boost to an even more far-reaching effort: the push to legally redefine when life itself begins.

The question being raised in legal terms is: When does someone become a person?

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3:45pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Birth Rate Drops; Do We Blame Recession Or Abstinence?

The national birth rate fell 4 percent between 2007 and 2009 — more than it had in any two-year period in the past 30 years. With a national average of 66.7 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44, nearly every demographic group had lower birth rates, with the sole exception being women over 40.

By age, the largest decline was 9 percent, among women between 20 and 24. Fertility rates among Hispanic women also dropped by 9 percent.

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