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.
October 25, 2013
TATTLE usually loves a celebrity with a big mouth, but Camden homegirl Tasha Smith really strayed into TMI mode recently when she told Wendy Williams about the lengths she's going to get pregnant. "I'm working on it, honey. As a matter of fact, I'll be ovulating soon. . . . Look, I count down my days of travel. During that time of ovulation, I stay home or I get home or stay home," shared Smith, who plays Angela on Tyler Perry 's "For Better or Worse. " "When you're 42, you've gotta pee on the stick, OK?"
June 26, 2013 |
A recent road trip took me into rural Georgia and Florida, far from the traffic jams, boutique coffeehouses, and National Public Radio signals that frame my familiar landscape. Along the way, billboards reminded me that I was outside my natural habitat: antiabortion declarations appeared every 40 or 50 miles. "Pregnant? Your baby's heart is already beating!" "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. - God. " And, with a photo of an adorable smiling baby, "My heart beat 18 days from conception.
May 31, 2013
Toronto mayor: Not resigning TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford defiantly declared Thursday that he had no intention of resigning despite the steady exodus of staffers from his office amid a scandal over reports of a video that purportedly shows him smoking crack cocaine. Two more key Ford aides quit Thursday: Brian Johnston, the mayor's policy adviser on council relations, and Kia Nejatian, his executive assistant. The mayor has lost five staff members since the furor over the video erupted last week.
May 10, 2013 |
TO CELEBRATE Mother's Day, Women's Way is feting an advocate for moms everywhere, and you'll definitely recognize her face. Former supermodel Christy Turlington Burns did everything right with her first pregnancy. She received prenatal care, ate right, exercised. But during her labor, it all went wrong. Burns did not go into the fourth stage of labor. "There was a lot of blood and it was incredibly painful," Burns told me. Burns had access to the best care, and she and her daughter, Grace , with actor/director husband Edward Burns , were fine.
May 9, 2013 |
IT'S PROBABLY not necessary to point out that for any woman, regardless of what she does for a living, being a working mom isn't a full-time job - it's two full-time jobs, at least. But there is one, somewhat exclusive group of local working women whose shared profession brings with it pressures and conditions most mothers don't have to negotiate. Women who work on-air in television may even have it a little tougher than most who earn a living while raising a family. They have to worry about how their pregnancy will affect their on-camera look, for instance.