Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Parenting Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Parenting | What Does It Really Mean to Be 6 Weeks Pregnant? Advertisement Supported by So-called ‘heartbeat’ legislation restricting abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy has ByChristina Caron May 18, 2019 Now that several states have passed The fetal heartbeat can typically be seen on an ultrasound at around six weeks into pregnancy, but many women have no idea they’re pregnant at that time. So when do women typically realize that they are pregnant? And how often are pregnancies unplanned? We’ll explain all of this and more. How is the length of pregnancy measured? It sounds odd, but doctors measure the beginning of a pregnancy as being the first day of your last period. Why? They’re tracking the length of pregnancy using a nearly 200-year-old calculation called … [Read more...] about What Does It Really Mean to Be 6 Weeks Pregnant?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | What Do New State Abortion Laws Really Mean for Women? Advertisement Supported by The so-called fetal "heartbeat" laws ban abortion before many women even know they're pregnant. ByPam Belluck May 9, 2019 This week, the governor of Georgia signed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. It effectively outlaws the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy. Republican governors in three other states — Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio — have signed similar laws this year, marking a new and more severe tactic by the anti-abortion movement. The current constitutional standard under the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision is that abortion is legal up until the point when the fetus could survive outside a woman’s womb —- usually about 24 weeks into the pregnancy. … [Read more...] about What Do New State Abortion Laws Really Mean for Women?
DeNeen L. Brown, The Washington Post Published 10:27 am PDT, Friday, April 5, 2019 In 1967, Ann Atwater, a black civil rights advocate and community organizer, arrived for an appointment with a white school board member in Durham, North Carolina. As Atwater was making demands for improvements to the local schools, the white school board member made one very serious mistake. He got up in the middle of their conversation, ignoring Atwater and the crowd of black parents behind her. "So what I did when he got up, I hit him over the head with the receiver of the telephone," Atwater recalled in a 2010 interview. "And then he sat down and I snatched the phone out the wall. And we sat down and we had a meeting." Atwater changed history in Durham, refusing to be ignored as she demanded better schools and living conditions for black residents. "City council people . . . they was in those chairs you know they wheel around and they would turn their backs to us and didn't wanna hear … [Read more...] about Ann Atwater’s rise from poverty and teen pregnancy to ‘Best Enemies’ stardom
Girls who are exposed before birth to chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos and other personal care products may begin puberty at an earlier age, according to a study published this week in the journal Human Reproduction. Specifically, the study found that the daughters of mothers who had higher levels of certain chemicals — particularly diethyl phthalate and triclosan — during pregnancy tended to experience puberty at a younger age. No similar association was observed in boys, however. This finding supports growing evidence that everyday chemicals can disrupt hormones in the body in ways that can have an impact on when children experience puberty. In recent decades, the onset of puberty has been occurring at progressively younger ages in girls (and possibly boys). This trend is troubling, for entering puberty at an earlier age has been linked to depression and risk-taking behaviors, as well as to a slightly increased increased risk of breast and ovarian … [Read more...] about Exposure to chemicals in personal care products linked to earlier puberty in girls
Sometime in 2007, labor and delivery nurses at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center began seeing a disturbing shift in their patient population. The opioid-addiction crisis had taken hold in the region, and its impact was being felt among its youngest and most vulnerable residents. More and more mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD) were giving birth at the hospital to babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Unlike care providers at large, urban hospitals, Sanford Bemidji physicians and staff lacked experience in how to care for babies struggling with NAS’ painful withdrawal symptoms and weren’t well versed in helping expectant mothers safely reduce their drug use. It was a stressful time at the hospital, said Lisa Johnson RN, Sanford Bemidji director of women’s and children’s services. “When I first started here it was pretty unheard of to see a mom that was suspected of using,” she said. “Then it became the norm.” … [Read more...] about First Steps to Healthy Babies: Program aims to reduce opioid-affected births at rural hospitals