Latest Pregnancy and childbirth News

Sweden: 5th COVID-19 shot to people over 65, pregnant women

May. 24, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden is recommending a fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose for people with an increased risk of becoming seriously ill, including pregnant women and anyone aged 65 and over, authorities said Tuesday, adding that the country must "be prepared for an increased spread during the upcoming...

If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care

May. 23, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

If the Supreme Court follows through on overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion likely will be banned or greatly restricted in about half the U.S. states. But experts and advocates fear repercussions could reach even further, affecting care for women who miscarry, couples seeking fertility treatments and...

Reports: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcome baby boy in LA

May. 19, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have welcomed a baby boy, according to multiple reports. The couple, who first revealed her pregnancy with a belly-baring Harlem photo shoot in January, became parents May 13 in Los Angeles, said TMZ, the first to report the birth Thursday...

The tiniest babies: Shifting the boundary of life earlier

May. 19, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Michelle Butler was just over halfway through her pregnancy when her water broke and contractions wracked her body. She couldn’t escape a terrifying truth: Her twins were coming much too soon. Dr. Brian Sims entered the delivery room and gently explained...

Moms seeking formula tire of those who say, just breastfeed

May. 18, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

As Morgan Fabry drives around Chicago looking for baby formula that is in short supply, she can’t help but be bothered by comments from people who don’t understand why she can’t breastfeed. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life by major medical...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the baby formula shortage?

May. 12, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many parents are hunting for infant formula because of a combination of short- and long-term problems that has hit most of the biggest U.S. brands. Millions of babies in the U.S. rely on formula, which is the only source of nutrition recommended for infants who...

Wartime birth amid the air raid sirens in Ukraine hospital

May. 11, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — It's easy to tell the delivery room from the rest of the main maternity hospital in Ukraine’s western city of Lviv, even from the outside. Its exterior wall is piled high with sandbags. In the dim basement, where heavily pregnant women must bend low to avoid...

Motherhood deferred: US median age for giving birth hits 30

May. 06, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

For Allyson Jacobs, life in her 20s and 30s was about focusing on her career in health care and enjoying the social scene in New York City. It wasn't until she turned 40 that she and her husband started trying to have children. They had a son when she was 42. Over the past three...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 06, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misrepresent outdated UK...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 15, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Bangor Daily News. April 14, 2022. Editorial: Rick Lawrence makes welcome history as 1st Black justice confirmed to Maine high court Supremely qualified people keep making history. This week, the Maine Senate confirmed Judge Rick Lawrence to the Maine Supreme Judicial...