Posts Tagged: pregnancy

Can You Charge a Woman With Murder for a Stillbirth?

ProPublica has a fascinating, sad, complicated story up about a young woman named Rennie Gibbs, who was 16 in 2007, when she delivered a stillborn infant one month premature:

To experts who later examined the medical record, the stillborn infant’s most likely cause of death was also the most obvious: the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. But within days of Samiya’s delivery in November 2006, Steven Hayne, Mississippi’s de facto medical examiner at the time, came to a different conclusion. Autopsy tests had turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in Samiya’s blood, and Hayne declared her death a homicide, caused by “cocaine toxicity.”

There are too many pieces [...]


"The truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic": Ariel Levy's "Thanksgiving in Mongolia"

Ariel Levy's latest piece for the New Yorker is a surreal and devastating account of brief motherhood, miscarriage and loss. It begins in her mid-thirties, after a decade of thinking, "I didn’t like childhood, and I was afraid that I’d have a child who didn’t, either. I was afraid I would be an awful mother. And I was afraid of being grounded, sessile." But slowly:

The idea bloomed in my head that being governed by something other than my own wishes and wanderlust might be a pleasure, a release.

I got pregnant quickly, to my surprise and delight, shortly before my thirty-eighth birthday. It felt like [...]


Donkey Ambulances for Afghan Women in Labor

"Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and a high concentration of donkeys. Enter the maternity saddle—a new invention that promises to carry women in labor across Afghanistan's difficult terrain so they can get the medical care they need."

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[The Atlantic]


The Craving: One Woman's Salty Confession

Maybe the spring weather eroded my self-discipline. Or maybe the festive red-and-yellow umbrellas tipped the scales the day I was overcome by a sudden, inescapable craving for a dirty water hot dog. Heading up 3rd at about 48th Street, I clutched my husband by the wrist and pointed at the hot dog cart. "Come on, let's get one!"

Surprised by my uncharacteristic impetuousness, Allan pushed out his lower lip in an expression of consideration. We sidled over to the cart. I was mesmerized by its decor—colorful photos depicting an array of hot dog-topping combinations. I could see I was in for a radical break from my salad-and-grilled fish habit. [...]


"Hadn’t Cain Killed Abel for Less?"

Connie became pregnant, but my belly did not grow of child but of wild. And where her baby attached to her and sucked the life source, dormant things grew in me that only fed to feed again. And where her skin smoothed with life, mine grew sallow of contempt. And where she could no longer bring her knees or forehead to the floor in prayer, I made rakat after rakat in empty servitude—bargaining, reasoning, demanding. The single prayer I said was the baby prayer, the fastening prayer, the mooring prayer, the prayer that said I deserved more than what was received.

It reads like a smack-you-in-the-face-beautiful prose [...]


The Just Admit You're Pregnant Pie


Previously: The Health Care Pie

Ann Friedman is drinking for two.


Making People

What's funner than birthrate information?? Yep. Anyway, things are generally the same as they were before, except teen pregnancy rates continue to go down. The full report can be found here (and here, in PDF form). For what it's worth: "the general fertility rate was 63.0 births per 1,000 women age 15-44 years." So, that is that.

Elsewhere in babydom, we learn a few very small pieces of information about Kate Middleton, William, and George.


Interview With a Pregnant Porn Star

Fresh-faced and dressed in a white tunic and leggings, Kayden Kross sits at her dining room table in the San Fernando Valley with the California sunlight pouring in through the doors behind her. She runs her fingers through her long blonde hair and occasionally places a hand on her belly: at 28 years old, she’s expecting her first child* with her fiancé, Manuel Ferrara.

But Kross has an unconventional background leading up to motherhood—the Sacramento native is one of porn’s biggest stars. With a resume that includes leads in movies like Body Heat and Tyler’s Wood (a spoof on Tiger Woods’ many transgressions, starring Kross as Elin Nordegren), she’s won awards [...]


What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Sea Monster

Congratulations, and surprise! What an exciting time. There's a lot going on in there! Here are a few tips to guide you through the next nine months, as your body starts to go through some big changes.

Drink plenty of water. Have at least 80-100 glasses of water a day. This might sound like a lot. It is. You may also find it helpful to gargle with salt water.

Start a name list. Here are some fun suggestions to get you started: Lana, Finn, Scylla, Aspidochelone, Cirein-cròin, Leviathan.

Think about when—and how—you’ll announce your pregnancy. Do you want to tell people you’re expecting a sea monster? Talk it over with [...]


The First Response Pie

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Ann Friedman is not pregnant, y'all!!!