BY Kari Belsheim
on Feb 22, 2013
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the birth rate in the U.S. has dropped with the recession, and many, many men are freaking out about it. In a nutshell, they fear that low birth rates will lead to an unsustainable inequality between the taxable work force and the social security-dependent elderly. After all, people are living longer and longer and, barring some sort of zombie apocalypse situation, this trend will continue.
You’d think it ... Read More
Chinese couples that need a little help making a baby can now rely on the least sexy place on the planet—their local hospital—for passion (at a price). The Songziniao Hospital in Wuhan city, Hubei province, hopes to encourage couples to procreate in their decked out sex rooms, which go for 880 Yuan (about $140 US) a night.
The rooms look like the kind of “love nests” you’d find in by-the-hour hotels, with dim red lighting, ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 06, 2012
You thought your voting experience was painful? Check it: Galicia Malone, a 21-year-old from Dolton, Illinois, went into labor and somehow managed to vote before heading to the hospital. Her water had already broken by the time she reached her local polling station, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.
“I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter,” Galicia, a first-time voter, said.
Galicia, we salute you! That kind of dedication is ... Read More
BY Charlotte Dow
on Oct 08, 2012
A new study out of St. Louis confirms what all of us could have guessed: when given access to free birth control, women are less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy or get an abortion. More than 9,000 poor or uninsured women were given a choice of birth control methods available at no cost as part of the study conducted by the University of Washington in St. Louis on Thursday. The availability of free birth control led to only 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Aug 23, 2012
There’s been a lot of talk about rape and resulting pregnancies recently, thanks to Todd Akin’s awful and dangerously inaccurate remarks. Shauna Prewitt, the Chicago lawyer who had her story of rape and subsequent pregnancy published by CNN, discovered some pretty terrifying news while researching. According to RH Reality Check, 32,000 women become pregnant from rape each year. 32,000 women whose bodies were unable to “shut that ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Aug 23, 2012
Jaws dropped across the world after Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's “legitimate” rape comment was made public. The outrage was palpable, and among those speaking out is Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler.
She addressed an open letter to Akin through The Huffington Post in which she wrote, “You used the expression ‘legitimate’ rape as if to imply there were such a thing as ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Aug 13, 2012
Alicia Silverstone is already a successful writer with her book The Kind Diet, a guide to staying healthy and going vegan. Now she is writing two new books, The Kind Mama and The Kind Diet Cookbook.
The Kind Mama will be about fertility, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy complete with info from doctors, friends, and other women, as well as her own personal parenting story.
The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her first book, filled with easy, family- friendly ... Read More
BY Intern Maura
on Feb 01, 2012
If you happen to be on a birth control pill manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., you should 1) probably pick up a pregnancy test after work, 2) also a box of condoms, 3) send Pfizer a bill for it, and 4) try not to cry. The manufacturer just voluntarily recalled one million packages of Lo/Ovral-28, Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol after they noticed a “packaging error.” The packets should consist of three weeks of active pills and one week of sugar pills; but the ... Read More
Interesting news from the North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill--a study being published in the February issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology by Dr. David Grimes and his team of researchers show that between the years 1998 and 2005, the risk of death associated with live births (full-term pregnancies) was significantly higher than those of documented legal abortions.
Though the risk of death is low for both procedures, live births had a rate of ... Read More
BY Lisa Kirchner
on May 04, 2010
TLC's new online program, "A Conception Story," disturbs on multiple levels. Blazing a trail for more wholly sponsored programming, who knows where it might lead. Meanwhile, in the concrete here and now, the show is unapologetically mired in the canononization of motherhood. So? You might say. The program is based on what a spokesperson for the show calls "hopeful positives," and there is nothing particularly surprising about fluffing up your ... Read More