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The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

An estimated 15% of couples worldwide are infertile. But measuring infertility across populations is not easy, especially when some social groups are under the radar of survey data sources.

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

The medical homes provide the most advanced obstetrical care, but they also seek to alleviate nonmedical circumstances that could put mother and child in jeopardy, such as addiction, domestic abuse and a lack of secure housing and healthy food.

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

The ACA provision that allows children to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26 has led young adults to delay decisions to start a family. Health insurance eligibility also seems to have influenced choices women made about contraception, leading to a decrease in abortions as well as birth rates.

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

Sip wine and chat about postponing motherhood — At an ‘Egg Social’

In the past, egg freezing was primarily for women who risked infertility because of cancer treatments. But in recent years, more women have been choosing to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons — such as not being ready to have a baby.

November 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News Days before there was any sign of fire, Nicole and Ben Veum of Santa Rosa, Calif., had been waiting and waiting for their baby to arrive. Nicole’s due date came and went. Her doctor called her into the hospital — Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital — to induce labor. […]

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has signed a bill that prohibits insurers from covering abortion unless a woman’s life is in danger. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed an expansive bill that requires health plans to cover reproductive health services, including contraceptive drugs, devices and procedures. Abortion is one of those services.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Obesity and hypertension were common factors in the 69 pregnancy-related maternal deaths reported in Washington state in 2014-2015.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

By failing to alert new mothers to such risks, nurses may be missing an opportunity to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the U.S. every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes and 65,000 nearly die,

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

“Doula” comes from the Greek, meaning “a woman who helps.” Although doulas are trained to assist expectant mothers through labor, delivery and beyond, they are not medical providers like midwives.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

As leaders in Washington discussed the future of American health care, women were not always allowed in the room. To hammer out (behind closed doors) the Senate’s initial version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed 12 colleagues, all male.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More