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With so many health insurance policies that don't cover maternity costs, the expenses that come with bringing home that little bundle of joy are growing at a rapid rate. Why is the price so high? Let's dive into some of the dirty deets of affordable and unaffordable healthcare systems. The average cost of prenatal care is $6,257 and a pregnancy in the United States is $37,341. Just let those numbers sink in and marinate for a bit. The American healthcare system and hospitals often attempt to rack up the highest possible bill by running tests and that women may not even need. Read More
These days it's pretty simple. Pee on this little stick and in a few brief moments you'll know if you've been knocked up. But before the advent of EPTs (or early-pregnancy tests), what did we ladies do to make sure we weren't just having delayed periods or something? Some weird shit, I tell you. In Ancient Egypt, women would piss on planted wheat and barley seeds, and when neither sprouted that meant you weren't pregnant. BUT if the wheat seeds sprouted, that allegedly meant you were expecting a girl and if the barley started growing you were having a boy. Except not really. Read More
When I first read the headline for this, I honestly thought there was just a woman from Buffalo, NY who was just really, really proud of being pregnant. That she was selling off her positive pregnancy tests of a souvenir of her fertility. But no, this is a serious financial venture. It’s weirdly brilliant and certainly…original, I suppose. I mean, I hope she’s making a fortune off of it, so that baby can grow up with a happy, normal life.  Well, “normal.”  It still doesn’t take away from the creepiness factor, though. Read More
As if you didn’t know. But there's a new campaign in town, and she really wants to remind you. A recent study surveyed 1000 women and showed that 70% of us want to start having babies when we're in our early 30s. First Response, a global pregnancy test company, isn't down with that. The company claims that women aren’t aware of how fickle fertility can be, so it's taking action - launching a ‘Get Britain Fertile’ campaign. Read More
  Who should be the one to cut the cord? Nobody, perhaps. Mary Cealleigh, a midwife educator from Texas, believes that leaving the umbilical cord attached after birth is healthier for the baby. "Babies' immune systems are going through huge changes at a very rapid rate when they're first born," Cealleigh says. "Not disrupting the baby's blood volume at that time helps prevent future disease. Read More
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. 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, round beds, and plenty of sexually explicit artworks (to encourage the patrons to get busy, of course. Read More
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 what makes democracy go ‘round.   Photo via nbcchicago. Read More
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 women involved, compared to an average of 13.4 to 17 per 1,000 women in the St. Read More
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 whole thing down.”  RH Reality Check estimates that half of those women carry their pregnancies to term. Read More