By Andrew D. Zimbelman / for NBC News Feb. 21, 2020 By February 2019, Judith had become unbearably anxious. The 28-year-old Pacific coast native’s due date had come and gone. Just two days shy of 45 weeks pregnant, her belly was stretched so far that it shined, her body was swollen, and nearly everything — … Continue reading ‘I brainwashed myself with the internet’ Nearly 45 weeks pregnant, she wanted a “freebirth” with no doctors. Online groups convinced her it would be OK.
Since 2007, the government had held off on releasing an official estimate of expectant and new mothers who died from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. It waited for the data to get better. But the new, long-anticipated number falls short. by Nina Martin Feb. 13, 2020. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates … Continue reading The New U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Fails to Capture Many Deaths
By Emily Bobrow The New Yorker. December 22, 2019 The sun was still rising on a brisk Monday morning in October last year when Sunday Smith, a midwife in New York’s North Country, pulled into the gravel driveway of a small dairy farm, scattering some chickens. She had driven for about ninety minutes, along dark … Continue reading A MIDWIFE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY
by Marie McCullough, Jan. 9, 2020 The Philadelphia Inquirer Jennifer and Drew Gobrecht are barely exaggerating when they call their son “a perfect miracle." Benjamin Thomas Gobrecht was conceived using in vitro fertilization and grew inside a womb that was transplanted into his mother more than a year ago at the Hospital of the … Continue reading It’s a boy! Philly-area couple and Penn Medicine celebrate first birth from uterine transplant program
Canada’s government once pressured Inuit women to travel south to give birth. Now, they can have their babies at a hometown maternity clinic led by Inuit midwives. Photographs by Amber Bracken Written by Amber Bracken and Megan Specia The New York Times. Jan. 5, 2020 INUKJUAK, Quebec — The woman’s moans of pain mingled with the intermittent beeping of … Continue reading Giving Birth Where the Family Is
From grandparent leave to paw-ternity, some companies are offering paid time off to care for relatives, train a pet or get acquainted with new grandchildren Text by Jena McGregor and illustrations by Hannah Li The Washington Post. DECEMBER 30, 2019 The U.S. remains the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee workers paid family leave. In … Continue reading The new paid family leave
Over three years, nearly 400 pregnant or new mothers died in Texas. Its system for helping the uninsured thwarts women at every turn, frustrates doctors and midwives, and incentivizes substandard care. by Nina Martin, ProPublica, and Julia Belluz, Vox Dec. 6, 5 a.m. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as … Continue reading The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas