A new Tennessee law makes it legal to charge a woman with child abuse and assault if she takes illegal narcotic substances while pregnant. The first woman who was arrested under this new law was a 26-year old woman whose baby girl tested positive for methamphetamines after being born. The woman was reportedly arrested on her way out of the hospital. Although she was later directed to a rehab, this new law may set a terrifying precedent to all pregnant women.
Laws like this are disguised at protecting babies, but in fact just feed the prison pipeline and deter pregnant women from seeking healthcare. If we really want to uplift the status of women, then community resources and further education better serve this, rather than the cycle of incarceration for one nonviolent act after another. Keep reading »
“If you want to have kids you’d better do it while you’re young. The women in our family go through menopause early — 38 to be exact. Your grandmother? 39.”
My mother said that to me every few weeks from the moment I started menstruating until I hit 30. But at 25, I was more concerned with drink specials than finding someone special. During my monthly fertility chats with Mom, I’d internally puff up and congratulate myself for not being into all that conventional crap.
I was the cool chick. The one who didn’t need a boyfriend and didn’t want to get married and lived in a big, bad city and focused on work and traipsed about to parties; soaking up new experiences and bad dating stories like a weathered Army vet with a killer hangover. This was my identity and I loved every second of it. Keep reading »
I’ve been having pregnancy scares since before I even started having sex. This is either a reflection of the quality of sex education in California during the early-‘90s or a sign that I’m just deeply paranoid. Luckily, I’ve never actually been pregnant … just further convinced that sometimes the body likes to play mind games. Alas, my excellent track record did not dissuade a new wave of pregnancy panic. See, my period is late. And I’ve had sex in the last month. It was protected, BUT STILL. Like I said, I’m paranoid. So, just before filming this week’s episode of Funny Girl Sex Guide, I took a pregnancy test and in true Maury Povich style, I reveal the results at the end of the episode. But first! Let’s review the main reasons for why a normally prompt period might be late … besides pregnancy.
“Punk’d,” panda edition: Ai Hin, a female bear living at the Chengdu panda preserve in China, had animal researchers thinking she was pregnant. She couldn’t pee on a stick or anything, but Ai Hin had shown a surge of hormones and had been laying about even more than usual for a panda. A pregnancy is joyous news, of course, as there are less than 2,000 pandas in the world and the bears are notoriously difficult to breed. But now researchers say a wily Ai Hin may have been faking her pregnancy for special treatment. Pregnant pandas move on to air conditioned private rooms and are given extra bamboo and fruit — and Ai Hin milked it. “Some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life,” a researcher told Xinhua news agency. In response, a live broadcast of the panda childbirth has been canceled. Maybe Ai Hin just had cold feet, er, ovaries? In any case we have to be real here: pandas, 1; humans, 0. [Daily Mail UK; The Journal IE]
Vine artist Ian Padgham released his sweetest piece of work yet: a time-lapse of his wife Claire Pasquier‘s pregnancy and the appearance of their sweet baby. Padgham filmed about two frames per month to put the project together, adding in the music at the last minute when he realized that Vine now allows song uploads. That sound you hear is just my heart melting. [BuzzFeed]
Almost exactly year ago, TIME magazine ran a cover story called “The Childfree Life” about the rising number of Americans who were opting not to have kids. One of those couples was Paul and Leah Clouse, who both felt that they couldn’t balance their creative interests (a bakery for her, a blog for him) and also be good parents. “If we decided to have children, we’d have to grieve the life we currently have,” Leah said.
Now, it looks like the grieving time has begun. Because the Clouses are having a baby.
If you go to Leah Clouse’s Facebook page, you’ll see that her profile photo is now an illustration of her (with pregnant belly), Paul, and their two cats, with a note reading “Baby Clouse Arriving April 2015.” For many people, having a baby is a joyous occasion, and I’m happy to congratulate friends when they welcome children of their own. But I just can’t feel too happy for the Clouses. Keep reading »