Posts tagged "pregnancy"

The Soapbox: We Need To Talk About Criminalizing Pregnancy

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…

Deborah Jiang-Stein / September 17, 2014

True Story: I’m Freezing My Eggs

“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…

Melissa Noble / September 12, 2014

Funny Girl Sex Guide: Some Reasons Your Period Might Be Late (Besides Pregnancy)

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.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 28, 2014

Panda Accused Of Faking Pregnancy For Air Conditioning, Extra Bamboo

“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 joyou…

Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

This Is The Sweetest Vine You’ll Ever See

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.

Claire Hannum / August 24, 2014

Frisky Rant: The Public Faces Of The “Childfree By Choice” Movement Just Went And Got Pregnant

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…

Lilit Marcus / August 15, 2014

Following Arrest, Tennessee To Send Drug Addicted New Mom To Rehab

Prosecutors in Tennessee made a deal with the first woman to be arrested under a new law that jails mothers whose offspring test positive for drugs. Mallory Loyola, 26, will first undergo rehab treatment for meth as soon as room opens in a treatment center; prosecutors will assess her recovery and then decide whether…

Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Florida Hospital Tried To Force C-Section On A Mom

A Florida mother gave birth to her fourth baby this past Friday amidst a hell of a controversy. Jennifer Goodall, who has had three previous C-sections, had been hoping to attempt a vaginal birth with her fourth delivery. However, her providers at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte were not on board with her wishes and went…

Avital Norman Nathman / July 31, 2014

Father-To-Be Poses For Pregnancy Photoshoot Because His Wife Didn’t Want To

Redditor DruishPrincess69 and his wife are expecting a baby, but when the mom-to-be declared that she wasn’t interested in posing for one of those obnoxious, cheesy, over-the-top pregnancy photoshoots, DruishPrincess69 did what most guys wouldn’t — he pushed out his beer gut and posed for the pictures himself. The results, shot by photographer Kerri Lohmeier,

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 30, 2014

Life After Dating: First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes … None Of Your Business

Being the youngest in a large family has its advantages: My siblings provided plenty of grandchildren already, so there’s no pressure on me to make more. (Christmas presents are expensive, y’all.) My family has also known since I was 19 — when I fainted while watching my older sister have a sonogram because it grossed…

Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2014

North Carolina Teen Gave Birth After Secret Pregnancy & Buried Infant In Her Backyard

A teen girl in North Carolina kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone but her boyfriend, then buried their newborn in her backyard. Police said the infant appeared to have bled to death because the umbilical cord was cut improperly.

Ashley Reed from Louisburg gave birth alone to her 8.5 lb. daughter, but…

Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2014

Woman Has Baby, Gets Arrested By Tennessee Police For Using Meth While Pregnant

Tennessee has arrested its first new mother under a new law that charges women for assault for using narcotics while pregnant. A 26-year-old mom was arrested after she tested positive for meth, which she admitted to using before her baby’s birth. Call me crazy, but maybe quality drug rehabilitation treatment might work better tha…

Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2014

New Minnesota Law Prevents Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled

A new law just went into effect in Minnesota that bans the use of shackles and restraints on pregnant inmates and also allows them access to doulas. [RH Reality Check] recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a promotion of the deputy editor Dodai…

Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2014

True Story: I Use The Fertility Awareness Method

A year and a half ago, I tossed out hormonal birth control in favor of … no birth control at all.

Well, that’s not really accurate. I do practice a method of birth control, one that’s commonly relegated to the realm of hippies and the uber-religious. And although I am neither super crunchy…

Carrie Murphy / July 7, 2014

Coming To A Bar Bathroom Near You: Pregnancy Tests!

Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the United States, so apparently, the obvious solution to lawmakers is to put free pregnancy tests in the restrooms of local bars so women can make sure there’s no bun in the oven before they order a beer.
I don’t know about you,

Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

Mila Kunis: “Men, Stop Saying You’re Pregnant”

There’s a special kind of annoying man who says “we’re pregnant!” by way of announcing that a fetus he intends to care for is growing in a uterus somewhere. That fetus may be inside his wife or his girlfriend. It may be inside a gestational carrier. But it most certainly is not inside him and…

Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2014

New Reality Show “Born In The Wild” Depicts Moms Giving Birth In The Forest

Childbirth is a miracle. It’s a miracle that I intend to experience (hypothetically, in the distant future, maybe) with an epidural and as many pain-numbing drugs as they’ll give me.

Some moms-to-be go the other extreme: giving birth outdoors, literally on the floor of the fuckin’ woods, sans a doctor. And because this i…

Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2014

9 Ways “Nashville” Could Play Out Hayden Panettiere’s Real-Life Pregnancy

She’s five-foot-nothin’, but Hayden Panettiere is about to pop out a very large baby, y’all. The 24-year-old “Nashville” actress is officially expecting her first child with longtime fiancé and incredibly tall human, Wladimir Klitschko. As excited as I was to hear the news about Hayden, who’s previously stated she was “born to be a mother,”…

Katie Oldenburg / May 28, 2014

Compassionate Fashion: Noodle & Boo’s Skin Care Products

In addition, to celebrating our own mothers this Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate all of the loving mothers around the world. Noodle & Boo creates products that are recyclable, nontoxic, biodegradable, natural, organic, and sensitive enough for the most delicate skin. This environmentally and socially conscious company has a variety of skin care products for mommy…

Sophie Leon / May 8, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Placenta

It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a “trend.” Odds are, that “trend” has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New York

Avital Norman Nathman / May 7, 2014
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