January 24, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - Becoming pregnant at age 47 wasn't a worry for Robin Brussels. "I enjoyed every minute of being pregnant," she said. Still, it was a surprise. "I thought I was going through pre-menopause," she said. "It just happened. " Brussels, now 48, gave birth in December to a 6-pound, 10-ounce boy named Noah she carried for 39 weeks. He was a cesarean birth, as were her four older children, ages 18 to 28. Noah was the first child born to her and her husband, Mark Brussels, 56. They've been married nearly four years.
January 4, 2012
IMAGINE BEING pregnant, having complications or a Caesarean section, but your insurance doesn't provide coverage for your care. That's a shameless possibility under current Pennsylvania law, which is why I recently introduced legislation - House Bill 1957 - that would remedy that situation. Currently, if a woman is pregnant before purchasing insurance, many providers will categorize pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. Pennsylvania law protects pregnant women in their second or third trimester from policy termination until after childbirth; however, it does not outline proper pregnancy-care standards.
January 2, 2012
Diuretic improves dental numbing Dentists usually inject a two-drug solution to anesthetize the lower jaw during painful dental procedures, but studies have found that, in up to 39 percent of cases, it doesn't adequately numb the teeth. A study by Ohio State University researchers found that adding Mannitol to the standard injection of lidocaine and epinephrine significantly improved effectiveness. Mannitol, a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables, is approved as a diuretic to increase urine output.
November 30, 2011
By Kanani E. Titchen, Esther K. Chung, and Thomas A. Klein If you're a woman of reproductive age in Pennsylvania, you'd better make sure you have health insurance before you get pregnant. And you'd better make sure your insurance covers care related to pregnancy and delivery. In 17 states, including New Jersey, an expectant mother can buy health insurance and get the coverage she needs for herself and her baby. In Pennsylvania, however, pregnancy can be considered a "preexisting condition," meaning a woman can be denied health insurance simply because she is pregnant.
November 22, 2011
A review Saturday of Chunky Move wrongly described the dance company's performance, which opened the 29th season of Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center. A photo caption Monday with a story on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Chrisopher's Hospital for Children mistated the time that a premature baby spent in her mother's womb. Destiny Clarissa Dent was born after 24 weeks of pregnancy. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
November 18, 2011 |
By now, researcher Cynthia Calvert says, most employers know enough about the law and gender discrimination to at least avoid the appearance of bias against women. But, she said, the same cautionary discretion just doesn't seem to apply to mothers, or pregnant mothers-to-be. Note: Mothers are women. "People don't understand that you can't discriminate against mothers," said Calvert, who, as senior adviser at the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, has testified on the topic before Congress and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
November 18, 2011 |
EDWARD MAY have gotten the girl, but it's Jacob who is the shape-shifting spirit of the "Twilight" movie franchise. A third of the audience views the movies as a wildly satisfying romance, a third views them as hilarious comedy, and another third is somehow content to see the movies jump back and forth between these opposing forms. Everybody seems deliriously happy. To sit at a screening is to hear sighs and snickers occurring almost at once - something the filmmakers appear to understand, and to play without shame or adherence to rules of tone or internal logic.
November 17, 2011
DEAR ABBY: It saddened me to read the letter from "Lacks the Mothering Gene. " Seven months pregnant, she feels nothing for her baby, and her husband is furious with her for feeling as she does. You told her that she should discuss this with her obstetrician, and you were sure that once the baby arrived she would fall in love with her baby. Not always, Abby. There are, in fact, many situations in which mothers DO NOT fall in love with their babies. I have led pregnancy- and postpartum-support groups for 20 years, and I would have advised "Lacks" to see someone who is professionally trained in working with women who are psychologically distressed during pregnancy.
November 9, 2011 |
AS REPORTED by the New York Daily News and other outlets tuned to NBC yesterday morning, the incredible (dare we say, ridiculous) Duggar parents, Michelle and Jim Bob , are expecting their 20th child this spring, the couple revealed on "Today. " "We are so excited," said Michelle, who is roughly a third of the way into this pregnancy, or roughly five months off from the next one. Michelle, 45, clearly has a biological clock that keeps on ticking like a Timex. No word if it also takes a licking.
October 12, 2011
LADIES-WHO-LOVE-LADIES and gentlemen (hetero chicks, you can probably skip this item), Esquire mag has named their Sexiest Woman Alive: Rihanna. (The Esquire list is not to be confused with People 's list that includes 50 people and, most importantly men, nor Maxim 's Hot 100, which hardly deigns to identify the winning ladies, nor the countless lists kept in the heads of many teenage boys.) The Esquire pictorial, which, let's be honest, is what people care about, features the Barbados-born Rihanna covered in not much more than seaweed, sand and dirt, looking like she positively owns the title.