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    Abortion bans are poised to make ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage more dangerous and difficult in states across the country—and are already doing so in some states. It turns out, once you make it illegal to choose to terminate a pregnancy, suspicion falls on any pregnancy that ends early, and there are fewer resources to care for pregnancies that are ending or must end. Go figure. Ectopic pregnancies are one major area of concern. They occur when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, and though they occur in less than 2% of pregnancies, they account for 2.7% of pregnancy-related deaths. When an egg that has implanted somewhere without room to grow, grows, it can lead to rupture and hemorrhage, both of which can happen very quickly. An ectopic pregnancy is an emergency that demands immediate treatment—but abortion bans can put a pause on that treatment as doctors worry that it will be categorized as illegal. This is not hypothetical. RELATED STORY: Texas provides a chilling glimpse into our post-Roe future A Texas woman with an ectopic pregnancy had to go to...
    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: Abortion-rights demonstrators march to the U.S. Capitol from the Supreme Court building on May 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats plan take up a bill May 11 that would codify abortion rights in federal law, but it is all but certain to come up short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican fillibuster. by Allison Torres Burtka This article was originally published at Prism The Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer, as revealed by a leaked draft opinion released early last week by Politico. If the Supreme Court moves forward with its original opinion, access to abortion care will be curtailed in the U.S., but what many people may not realize is that people going through a miscarriage will also be affected.   When a pregnancy ends in miscarriage and the fetus is not expelled naturally, the pregnant person has three options: wait for their body to expel the pregnancy on its own (called “expectant management”); take medication, typically mifepristone and misoprostol (commonly called the...
    (CNN)Dr. Judette Louis recalls a time when she treated a patient who was hemorrhaging from her pregnancy — and how she had to wait to obtain permission before she was allowed to terminate the pregnancy for the health of the mother."I was standing there watching her hemorrhage out, waiting for permission to do the termination. It is a disgusting feeling. It is a sad feeling. And you're sitting there literally watching her blood pressure going down while you're waiting for permission," the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida told CNN. "It's just sad to now know if [Roe] really is overturned, that that will be happening all over across the country where [terminating a pregnancy] won't even be a possibility for a lot of states."Dr. Louis and other health care experts fear that potential widespread abortion bans will deepen the United States' maternal mortality crisis as the likelihood increases that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that legalized the procedure in 1973 — could be overturned in the coming months.  Health care experts told...
    (CNN)As I lay on the exam table, squeezing the life out of my husband's hand, I heard the doctor's calming voice say, "You're doing great. Just a little more." The last time I heard these words, I was giving birth to my daughter, now three. This time, I was undergoing a procedure to scrape the insides of my uterus, known as an endometrial biopsy, in hopes of resolving a miscarriage that began nearly three months earlier. Adeline ChenFor nearly every day of 2022, I've become all too aware of the emotional and physical cost of bearing this loss. What I had never considered and was appalled to discover were the financial costs, a literal reminder of the steep price of pregnancy in America. Though not every miscarriage requires medical care, many often do. Most major insurance companies say they cover miscarriage costs, but nothing is covered until the deductible is reached. What results is a monetary guessing game amid a period of deep grief that often becomes another barrier that keeps women from seeking necessary medical care. The day after...
    An expectant mother who has lived in three different countries during her pregnancy has opened up about her decision to have her baby in Canada after comparing health care systems.  Katie Quinn, an author and food journalist based in Toronto, spent her first trimester in Italy, her second in the United States, and her third in Canada, where she now resides with her husband.  'Living the global life that we've been fortunate enough to live, we needed to choose where to have our child, so I went about my pregnancy with that decision top of mind,' she wrote in an essay for Insider.  Katie Quinn, an author and food journalist, has lived in three different countries during her pregnancy. She spent her first trimester in Italy, her second in the US, and her third in Canada She had access to free healthcare in Italy, but she opted to pay for a private gynecologist because the local hospital didn't have an obstetrician on staff Quinn, who lived in London with her husband at the start of her pregnancy journey, had relocated...
    (CNN)Mckayla Wilkes remembers repeatedly complaining of shortness of breath to her doctors during her entire pregnancy seven years ago.But she says no one listened. Her concerns were consistently dismissed or minimized while she was pregnant with her daughter, Madison, who is now 6. After being initially told it was asthma, Wilkes held out for a second opinion, refusing to go home. She was then diagnosed with deep-vein thrombosis and remained hospitalized for two more weeks.The 31-year-old mother of two says her pain wasn't taken seriously. "It just really felt like my life as a Black woman and as a Black mother did not matter to everyone," Wilkes said.Despite setbacks, Wilkes was able to carry her child to term. But her experience while pregnant highlights a glaring inequality in how Black women are treated in health care settings. And it's an injustice that will likely be exacerbated by the recent spate of state abortion laws, maternal health care advocates fear.Read MoreDeSantis signs Floridas 15-week abortion ban into lawNear-total abortion bans have been introduced in 30 states this year, according to the...
    What a Maryland doctor calls a “staggering statistic” related to surviving pregnancy helps inform the need for a national week devoted to Black maternal health. Black Maternal Health Week is recognized every year from April 11-17. More Lifestyle News More Health & Fitness News “It’s a time for people to have conversations around the staggering statistics involving Black maternal health. Black women, Black and brown women are three to four times more likely to have complications or die from complications of pregnancy and delivery than white women,” said Dr. Ada Emarievbe, an OB-GYN at Kaiser Permanente in Columbia, Maryland. “In 2020, the maternal mortality rate for non-Hispanic Black women was 55.3 deaths per 100,000 live births, 2.9 times the rate for non-Hispanic White women,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The increases from 2019 to 2020 for non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic women were significant.” “This was really a public health crisis,” Emarievbe said. Contributing factors to pregnancy-related deaths include chronic diseases, dismissing warning signs, barriers to quality care, and lack of coordinated care. “So, making...
    (CNN)A new study found that women in the US face the highest rates of preventable and maternal mortality when compared with women in 10 other wealthy nations. According to data collected by the Commonwealth Fund and published Tuesday, American women have an avoidable mortality rate of 198 per 100,000, the highest of any nation included in the study. The United Kingdom had the next highest rate, at 146 per 100,000. US sees continued rise in maternal deaths -- and ongoing inequities, CDC report showsThe US also had the highest maternal mortality rate: 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births, more than triple the rate of any other country studied. When looking only at Black maternal mortality, the rate jumped to 55.3 deaths per 100,000 live births. By comparison, in Norway in 2019, the last year for which data was available, there were zero maternal deaths. "A high rate of cesarean sections, inadequate prenatal care, and elevated rates of chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease may be factors contributing to the high U.S. maternal mortality rate. Many maternal deaths result...
    MOST grandmother's are more concerned about babysitting their grandchildren than having more kids of their own. With most women transitioning into menopause by their early fifties, having more kids is off the table for a lot of women. 3Kimberly's pregnancy was smooth sailing for the most partCredit: Caters This gran surprised everyone when she decided to fork out £23k on IVF in a bid to have another baby. Kimberly Chasteen, 51, gave birth to her first child, Jessica, 35, at only 16-years-old in 1987. Since then she has given birth to five more children, including Kayla, 33, Richard, 31, Blake, 20, Briar, 19 and Balin, 17. The broody nan also has five grandchildren, but that hasn't stopped her from wanting more kids of her own. Kimberly used a donor egg to get pregnant with her seventh child, Tyrique Chasteen, who was born on St Patricks Day this year. Despite having previously having her tubes tied twice, the mum-of-six knew she wanted to have a seventh after meeting her new partner three years ago, and got the procedure reversed -...
    Missouri Republicans are gearing up to kill pregnant women, not just with one lawmaker’s suggestion that the death penalty is appropriate for people who facilitate abortions, but with two key lines in an anti-abortion bill making it a class A felony if “The abortion was performed or induced or was attempted to be performed or induced on a woman who has an ectopic pregnancy.” Ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. These pregnancies are not viable, and they are very dangerous to the pregnant person: “Hemorrhage from ruptured ectopic pregnancy is the leading cause of pregnancy-related maternal death during the first trimester and accounted for 2.7% of all pregnancy-related maternal deaths in the United States from 2011 to 2013.” If 2.7% of all pregnancy-related maternal deaths doesn’t sound high, consider that ectopic pregnancies represent just 0.6% to 2% of all pregnancies, so they’re punching way above their weight. This isn’t the first time Republicans have endangered lives by refusing to acknowledge the reality that ectopic pregnancies are not viable and do present an immediate health risk to the pregnant person. In...
    Pregnancy-related deaths for U.S. mothers climbed higher in the pandemic’s first year, continuing a decades-long trend that disproportionately affects Black people, according to a government report released Wednesday. Overall in 2020, there were almost 24 deaths per 100,000 births, or 861 deaths total — numbers that reflect mothers dying during pregnancy, childbirth or the year after. The rate was 20 per 100,000 in 2019. Among Black people, there were 55 maternal deaths per 100,000 births — almost triple the rate for whites. The report from the National Center for Health Statistics does not include reasons for the trend and researchers said they have not fully examined how COVID-19, which increases risks for severe illness in pregnancy, might have contributed. The coronavirus could have had an indirect effect. Many people put off medical care early in the pandemic for fear of catching the virus, and virus surges strained the health care system, which could have an impact on pregnancy-related deaths, said Eugene Declercq, a professor and maternal death researcher at Boston University School of Public Health. He called...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta is conducting a review of the state’s jails in order to ensure they are complying with state and federal laws that guarantee inmate access to reproductive health care. On Friday, Bonta sent letters to every sheriff in the state that manages a jail system asking them to send back confirmation they are following the law. READ MORE: Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Dies Unexpectedly Following Medical Emergency“An initial review of county jail policies indicated that many are not in compliance with state and federal laws,” according to a news release Bonta sent out Monday. Sheriff’s deputies and on-site nurses give medications to an inmate at Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility in Santee, California, on April 22, 2020. (SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images) READ MORE: UPDATE: State Health Officials Hesitant To Lift School Mask Mandates; Will Reassess in 2 WeeksIn order to determine if the sheriffs are in compliance, Bonta is asking them to send his office copies of their current custody manual, copies of contracts with private facilities that...
    WHILE most mums wouldn't think twice about seeing a doctor if they realised they were pregnant, one woman has taken an alternative approach. Full time mum Alice Bender, from the US, stated in a TikTok video she plans to have an unassisted pregnancy with her second child. 2Alice Bender, a mum to baby Fern has shared she may be pregnant again but will not take a pregnancy test to confirmCredit: TikTok/@alicellanispamc Alice who already has a son, Fern, with her partner, has said this time round she plans to not have an ultrasound or a midwife involved in her pregnancy at all. The mum who does have a pregnancy bump revealed she hasn't even taken a pregnancy test to confirm if she is. She plans to wait until she feels it move to confirm whether she is or not. In a series of videos posted to her account, alicellanispam, she explained that her parent-in-laws took the news well in regards to her having an unassisted pregnancy. Alice also said if she is pregnant she plans to have her baby in...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty; Unsplash Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This article was originally published by Public Health Watch, a nonprofit investigative news outlet.  After finding out she was pregnant last fall, B.Z. made an appointment at a Texas crisis pregnancy center, believing she could obtain a medical consultation. Time was of the essence. A state law that took effect Sept. 1 barred abortions past any detection of embryonic cardiac activity, which is typically as early as six weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest. The pregnancy center’s staff told B.Z. she needed a sonogram but said it couldn’t be performed for one week. They failed to disclose that the delay might make her ineligible for an abortion under Senate Bill 8. While state law requires abortion-seeking patients to obtain an ultrasound 24 hours prior to the procedure—one of myriad barriers to care in Texas—the non-diagnostic sonograms performed at centers such as the one B.Z. visited do not qualify. The state mandates that the ultrasounds...
    A MUM who's constantly being trolled for her appearance during pregnancy has hit back, explaining that she feels better than ever and loves herself no matter what. Savanna Scott Lenfestey, who recently became a mum to a baby boy, revealed that before giving birth, her naturally slim face had swollen up so much that people claimed she looked like she had even changed her ethnicity. 3Although she knows this is normal, she did admit to not being able to wait for her pre-pregnancy face to come backCredit: TikTok//@savannalynnbeauty While swelling is a common effect of pregnancy and, according to her, runs in the family, she has admitted that it has since gone worse. However, despite this and wanting to go ''back to normal'', Savanna said she's healthy and healing. Replying to the mean comments she's received, the young mum said: ''Trolls make me laugh. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED ''I just want it to be known that I am not always going to look like this. ''I had a c-section and I'm ten...
    by Ashton Lattimore This article was originally published at Prism  Pregnancy is right up there with aging on the list of human experiences that will permanently change a person’s body. Scars and complications from C-section surgery, lasting pain and sexual dysfunction after some vaginal births, urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems, separation of the abdominal muscles, lingering high blood pressure, increased risk of heart problems, and more can await those who experience pregnancy and childbirth, to say nothing of the more “cosmetic” but no less lasting changes in bone structure, breast shape, and even shoe size. And that’s just for those of us who survive. For far too many pregnant people in the U.S., especially Black women and other women of color, carrying a fetus to term results in the most permanent and final body change of all: death. The U.S. maternal mortality rate is more than double that of most other high-income countries, and has been on the rise since 2000. Black women in the U.S. are at the highest risk, being three to four times...
    If a global pandemic makes any lasting, collective change, I personally really hope it has to do with health care, and specifically, the cost of health care and the impossibility of access here in the United States. No matter how hard certain people (Republicans) don’t want to acknowledge it, the pandemic has highlighted all of the ways our country is behind when it comes to basic rights, protections, and opportunities, whether that’s linked to affordable child care, paid sick leave, or (gasp) affordable, safe, accessible health care for all. With this in mind, though, it’s important to remember that we have more than one pubic health crisis at play here in the U.S. As Vice President Kamala Harris marked on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for example, reforming and centering maternal health in the U.S. is an “urgent” challenge. She’s introducing the very first White House Maternal Health Day of Action, attempting to rally both public and private sectors in a nationwide action, and the overall push for the Senate to pass the Build Back Better Plan ASAP. "In the United States of America,...
    DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Dozens gathered Sunday at Wilson Farm Park to race in the Butterfly Baskets Organization‘s 5K event. The group raises money and awareness for those who have lost a pregnancy or infant. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, but the organization is a year-round endeavor that provides resources and packages to grieving parents. READ MORE: SEPTA Workers Voted To Authorize Strike If New Contract Isn't ReachedAccording to the group, one in four pregnancies ends in loss. Katie Hill, the president and founder of the organization, told CBS3 events like the 5K race show those struggling that people care about the battle. READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Searching For 13-Year-Old Leienna Cuevas Last Seen At Home In Rhawnhurst“It helps them to know there’s a whole community of support out there that care about the people, because it can be such an isolating experience, and we just want people to know that there’s support out there if they need it,” she said. MORE NEWS: CBS3 Pet Project: PSPCA's Biggest Fundraiser Of Year, Bark & Whine...
    A MUM-of-eight who proudly lives off benefits says she's often called trashy and lazy for having so many kids but she doesn't care what people think. Marie Buchan, a single mum from Birmingham, reckons she's "addicted to pregnancy" and will keep having more - even if it means relying on tax-payers money 4Marie Bucham is a single mum with eight kids 4She proudly relies on benifits to support her big family The single mum, famously known as the "Octomum", first made her situation known when she appeared on the Channel 4 show Only Human in 2016, but a snippit of the episode has recently resurfaced on TikTok. In it, she says: "I am addicted to pregnancy, I'm addicted to birth and feeding, I'm addicted to that. "I think a lot of people do see me as trash really. Lazy, useless, just producing babies for money." Speaking of one of her babies at that time, she said: "She's a happy baby, That's why I could very easily do it again." It doesn't bother Marie that he family rely on...
    Our Suggestions – Childbirth in Great Britain is about finding different care and methods from France. It is important to have a good understanding of the world of British obstetrics. In London, we came to live as an individual, as a couple or as a family. Some people become more rooted when they decide to have children there. Whether this is your first pregnancy or you are already the head of a large family, giving birth to a small Londoner is a dive into a different setting. Significantly guarantees a pregnancy, modern and developed country in France. Read moreIs this the end of the golden age for foreigners? Facing this unknown medical universe, especially when it comes to first childbirth, the questions are dazzling. Does pregnancy require follow-up as in a French maternity hospital? Will an epidural be provided? Which speaker should hand over his practical questions and his intimate questions? How to choose public or private childbirth? And what are the financial implications? Lee Figaro Supports you and helps you understand pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care in Great Britain....