December 27, 2014 |
By the time the officers entered the subway car, they could see the baby's head crowning through his mother's sweatpants. A group of riders had already formed a semicircle around her, offering as much protection and comfort as they could on the Market-Frankford Line. SEPTA Police Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James arrived at the 15th Street station about the same time: 5:50 p.m. on Christmas. "Get your gloves ready," Caban told James. Caban, who had experienced childbirth only as an observant father, knelt and removed the woman's sweatpants as she practiced breathing exercises.
December 16, 2013 |
"My son will be 4 weeks old on Saturday," the young woman thought glumly as she sat burning with fever and with the same dull ache in her lower belly she'd had for weeks. She'd always been healthy and optimistic. The pregnancy had been a breeze. Now, in a hospital hours from her newborn at home, she was feeling discouraged. Her first pregnancy four years earlier had been complicated by prolonged labor, and she'd had a cesarean section. With her narrow pelvis, her doctors recommended another C-section for her new son. The surgery had gone well, and she'd gone home with the healthy baby a few days later.
May 15, 2013
WHEN I heard that Kobe Bryant's mom had received a $450,000 advance for a planned auction of his high-school basketball memorabilia, I was shocked, saddened and appalled. The way I figure it, she could've gotten at least $1 million up front. OK, maybe it wasn't the pricing that shocked me. Nor was it the fact that Kobe sued his mother to keep her from selling some old basketball junk she had in her basement. The thing that really got me was that all of this happened around Mother's Day. I don't know about Kobe's world, but in the Jones household, Mother's Day is sacred.
March 6, 2013
NEW YORK - A close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn was plunged into a new round of mourning Monday by the death of a baby who was delivered by Caesarean section after his parents were killed in a grisly hit-and-run crash a day earlier. Police hunted for the suspected driver, identified as Julio Acevedo, saying he was barreling down a residential street in a BMW at twice the speed limit early Sunday when he collided with a car hired to take the couple to the hospital after the mother, seven months pregnant, felt ill. "The mood in the neighborhood is very heavy," said Oscar Sabel, a retired printer who lives near the scene of the accident.
October 5, 2012
Through Oct. 17, Philly.com and the Inquirer will publish a profile a day of transformative moments reported by breast cancer patients. The full series can be seen at www.philly.com/breastcancer Jessica Territo was diagnosed with breast cancer a month after giving birth. She noticed a little swelling when breast-feeding, and her obstetrician sent her for tests. A needle biopsy revealed Stage Two cancer. She was 33, mother of a newborn and a 3-year-old. Jessica, in South Florida, took the most aggressive path - chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and then surgery to remove it. The chemo was so powerful that it hospitalized her for four days.
August 12, 2012 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - From the day Mariana Migon discovered she was pregnant, she knew she wanted a natural birth. So just weeks before her due date, the first-time mother abandoned her obstetrician, her health plan, and her private hospital room for the free public hospital in downtown Rio - where she had a real chance at a vaginal birth. "If I'd stayed with my health-care plan and my doctor, I would have had a C-section," said Migon, as she sat beside the incubator holding her baby girl, who was premature.
April 1, 2012 |
Beth Goldberg couldn't believe how the birth of her first child got away from her. It was every woman's nightmare: A lot of drugs were used, a fetal monitor was hooked up, and there was an infection, a drop in blood pressure, and, in the end, an emergency cesarean section. "I thought, I'm going to turn this into something good," says the Philly resident and mother of three. "I wanted a different view of birth, to learn about it as if it is a normal, physical event. " After spending a decade as a midwife, she has morphed her experience into a different branch of birthing: training doulas.
February 9, 2009
WHY IS A WOMAN who already has six kids so thrilled with childbirth that she would experiment with in-vitro insemination? With no father to support them, I guess the state has to bear the brunt of the expenses. Is this fair to the taxpayers of the state of California? I believe that you don't have the "right" to bring children into the world unless you are prepared to support and care for them. Maybe she should see a psychiatrist. Joe Hamilton Philadelphia
October 17, 2008 |
Carol Schnabel Reed, 62, of Haddonfield, a nurse and childbirth expert who taught thousands of parents how to care for their babies, died Sunday of breast cancer at Hahnemann University Hospital. For 25 years, Mrs. Reed conducted "Baby and Me" sessions and taught always-booked classes for expectant parents at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. The mother of eight, she conducted Lamaze childbirth classes from home when her children were young. Though she never took drugs during their births, she advised other women to get epidurals for pain, her daughter Amanda said.
June 19, 2008 |
RICKI LAKE is ticked off at doctors and she's firing back. Lake, whose film "The Business of Being Born" is a documentary about maternity care, and who's shown in the film giving birth in her apartment, is mad that physicians groups have singled her out for bringing attention to at-home childbirth. The former talk-show host was named in a recent statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, saying that the home is not the safest setting for having a baby.