February 26, 2015 |
People told them to forget about restaurant dinners and first-run movies. They cautioned that sleep would be a scarce commodity. They advised the couple to expect conflict in the first mind-spinning weeks of parenting. People said a lot of things. Abby and Brent decided to ignore most of them. "The biggest advice we decided not to listen to was people saying we wouldn't be able to do the same things as before," Abby says. That includes academia, activism and adventure racing, the couple's shared passion: an ultra-endurance sport that combines paddling, mountain-biking and trekking - while navigating only with a map and compass - in wilderness settings around the world.
February 5, 2015 |
When Mandy Edwards tells people that she has a 17-year-old son and a 5-month-old daughter, they assume the second baby was an accident. But they have it all wrong. It was the first pregnancy, the one that happened when Mandy was just 19 - a college sophomore, part-time model, and aspiring music writer - that was unplanned. It took five drugstore test kits and an ultrasound to convince her that she was actually pregnant. "When I found out I was going to have this baby, that changed things," she says.
January 22, 2015 |
Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier kept her pregnancy a secret for months, hiding her growing stomach even from her mother and younger sister, with whom she shared a split-level Pemberton Township home. On Friday evening, Dorvilier delivered the girl - alone, authorities said - in the ground-floor bathroom, where police later found a bloody toilet and rag. She then allegedly walked to a green Land Rover in the driveway, leaving a trail of blood on the concrete, and drove a mile and a half with the baby to a neighborhood along Simontown Road.
December 14, 2014 |
Early in her pregnancy with her first baby, the 31-year-old nurse felt nauseated and began having pain in her lower right abdomen. Her obstetrician explained that during the first trimester, it is quite common to feel sick to your stomach and, in all likelihood, the sharp twinges came from ligaments stretching to accommodate the growing fetus. Weeks passed, and well into her second trimester, the woman still had trouble keeping food down. The pain on her lower right side subsided, but she flinched when anyone touched the upper right side of her belly.
December 14, 2014 |
Thirty-six years after opening, the Birth Center in Bryn Mawr is booming and just celebrated a milestone - its 10,000th baby. In comparison, Pennsylvania Hospital, which has Philadelphia's largest maternity unit, delivers 10,000 babies every two years . Therein lies one of the biggest ironies of maternity care in the United States. Demand for midwife-led birthing centers - with their nurturing, low-tech, cost-saving approach to pregnancy and childbirth - has been growing like, well, a newborn.
September 11, 2014 |
For much of his 20-year career as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Anthony J. Sciscione has been criticizing something obstetricians routinely prescribe to try to prevent premature birth: bed rest. Counterintuitive as it may seem, studies consistently show that pregnant women who lay around for hours at a time, day after day, are just as likely to deliver too early as women who carry on with their normal activities. Now, Sciscione and like-minded iconoclasts are hammering the mounting evidence that activity restriction during pregnancy is not just unhelpful, but harmful.
September 10, 2014 |
CALM DOWN, folks. Just calm down. Temporary Tattle is about to re-report a royal announcement, and she knows how touchy some readers are about the monarchy. So, it is with the utmost respect to the crown (God Save the Queen!) that I type news you knew already: Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (please note the perfect usage of title) have announced they're expecting a second child. The Duchess, whose first name I dare not shorten, lest I offend, is believed to be fewer than three months along.
April 22, 2014 |
EITHER CELEBS were on their best behavior Easter weekend or the folks who chronicle the celebs' worst behavior were in church or with their families. Perfect timing for Tattle to address last week's love and hate. And to do so, we'll drop the third-person persona we adopted long before Stephen Colbert made himself a character. I've written a few thousand of these columns over the past decade-plus and it always amazes me what gets people in a lather. Picking on drunk Mel Gibson when he had his infamous run-in with the law brought forth a very special brand of anti-Semitism.
March 23, 2014 |
Has your pediatrician ever asked you mothers out there when you plan to have your next baby? Or asked your teenage daughter when she wants to have a child? It probably never happened, but don't be surprised if your doctors become more assertive. Those who care for children know that unintended pregnancies are a huge public health problem, and I predict more doctors will be empowering families to choose their reproductive futures. A few weeks ago, I saw a 3-year-old with trouble breathing.
November 21, 2013 |
For women with limited resources and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, having a baby can be both joyous and perilous. Merck & Co., the pharmaceutical giant with facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is joining with nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and Camden to reduce that peril by working to improving maternal health care. Merck said Tuesday that it was underwriting new outreach efforts by the Maternity Care Coalition, long known for its MOMobile home-visiting services, and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, nationally recognized for improving access to and coordination of care in New Jersey's poorest city.