Health care plans should cover birth control, STD screening, HPV testing, and other services for women without co-pays, according to an independent panel of doctors from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). President Obama’s new health care reform requires “preventative care” services be covered and the Obama administration asked that the IOM assess which services fell under this category.
According to the IOM report [PDF], their eight recommendations for coverage include: “the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity”; HPV testing as part of cervical cancer screening for women over 30; counseling on STDs; counseling and screening for HIV; lactation counseling and equipment to promote breast-feeding; screening for gestational diabetes; screening and counseling to detect and prevent domestic violence; and annual preventive care visits. Including these services are integral for women to “better avoid unwanted pregnancies and space their pregnancies to promote optimal birth outcomes” as a key method of preventative care, the IOM report said.
No co-pays for your Nuva Ring and HPV testing? Preventing pregnancy until you and your boo are ready to be parents? Sweet, right!? Alas, not everyone is so thrilled. Keep reading »
Labor already has a terrible reputation, so when Miranda Kerr said her natural, drug-free birth was so painful, she thought she was going to die, most people probably were not terribly surprised. And while I am sure it was intense (because duh), it does not do women any good to hear all the time how awful labor is.
It is not just to spare pregnant women, either. Our culture as a whole seems to have this idea that labor has to be terrible. We all have to curse and yell and scream and cry and eventually, even those of us who prepared for and planned a drug-free birth, will beg for the epidural.
It is simply not true. Now, I am well aware that I had textbook simple pregnancies and extremely easy labors, which makes me unable to comment on medical intervention. Certainly, when it is needed, it is wonderful. The point is, it is not always needed. And labor is not always a screaming mess of pain. Read more… Keep reading »
With all of the modern technology available to help couples conceive, some people are going back to the dark ages to treat infertility. There is a piece in the Daily Mail about how a UK couple swears that a “white witch” helped them conceive their two children. Claire and Stephen Anderson were told they had a one in a billion chance of conceiving with her polycystic ovaries and his low sperm count. So what did they do? Fed up with the health care system, they visited Wendy Binks, aka Ladysnake … a witch. According to the Daily Mail:
[Several times a week,] the high priestess performed various chants, cleansing their energies and performing fertility spells before giving the couple a specially designed lunar sex schedule, and continuing to cast spells for them with her coven in their absence.
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“She has wanted this very badly. She’s got a big heart and she’s been talking about having children since I met her, which is not always common with actresses. She is going to be someone who is so devoted … I have to do something about [the pregnancy on 'Mad Men'] but I’m not going to tell. It could be laundry baskets or it could be a body double. There are a million things you can do.”
—Matthew Weiner, the dude behind “Mad Men,” talks about January Jones‘ pregnancy. Not only does he think she’ll be a stellar mom, but he says her pregnant belly won’t be hard to work around when they start filming the show. Wait, covering her tummy with laundry baskets? Come on, Matthew. Let’s have her be pregnant with Henry’s child! [E! Online] Keep reading »
A team of Japanese scientists have invented a virtual pregnancy suit to help men understand what to expect when their partner is expecting. The suit, which simulates the many sensations of pregnancy, using water balloons which expand and contract, can replicate nine months of pregnancy in just two minutes. Now dudes can know what it would feel like to have a fetus kicking and wiggling inside their uteri. Question: why does everyone in this video appear to be having such a jolly good time? From what I’ve heard, pregnancy is no holiday. What about the morning sickness? The swollen ankles? The sweating? The pressure on your bladder? The contractions? I don’t know. This looks basically like a Wii worthy pregnancy video game. [Neatorama]
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Mazel tov to Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied. The “Black Swan” duo are now the proud parents of a baby boy and together have made the world a degree more gorgeous. [People]
So now comes the hard part—what baby gift should we send them?!?! Some ideas after the jump.
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