Latest Pregnancy and childbirth News

A year in, Nebraska doctors say 12-week abortion ban has changed how they care for patients

Jun. 21, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

Brittany Harper and her husband knew they wanted a third baby. Last fall, they decided it was time – and, within a month, she was pregnant. After some high blood pressure readings and spotting early on, she visited her Omaha OB-GYN’s office for a routine test. When Harper shared...

Authorities in North Macedonia urge people to take care amid unusually high June temperatures

Jun. 20, 2024 13:17 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in North Macedonia are urging people to stay indoors when possible and avoid heavy labor in the hottest hours of the day, as the country swelters under unusually high June temperatures. The heat exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees...

New York requiring paid break time for moms who need to pump breast milk at work, under new law

Jun. 19, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York moms returning to work after giving birth will now get paid break time when they need to pump breast milk at their jobs, under a new law that took effect Wednesday. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the law requires employers in the state to provide a half hour...

New York court puts state constitutional amendment barring discrimination based on 'pregnancy outcomes' back on ballot

Jun. 18, 2024 18:53 PM EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York court puts state constitutional amendment barring discrimination based on 'pregnancy outcomes' back on ballot.

This law is a lifeline for pregnant workers even as an abortion dispute complicates its enforcement

Jun. 18, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Cornejo Barrera thought the legal helpline for workers sounded too good to be true. A month earlier, Cornejo Barrera had been forced to take leave from her job as head custodian at a South Carolina high school after she turned in a doctor's note asking to...

This law is a lifeline for pregnant workers even as an abortion dispute complicates its enforcement

Jun. 18, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Cornejo Barrera thought the legal helpline for workers sounded too good to be true and wondered if it was a scam. A month earlier, Cornejo Barrera had been forced to take leave from her job as head custodian at a South Carolina high school after she turned...

Judge rules that federal agency can't enforce abortion rule in Louisiana and Mississippi

Jun. 17, 2024 21:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Monday granted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as employers in two Southern states, temporary relief from complying with a federal rule that would have required them to provide workers with time off and other workplace accommodations for...

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Jun. 16, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

Deadlines are coming up between now and July 5 in five states where advocates are trying to gather enough voters' signatures to put abortion-related questions on ballots in November's elections. Measures that would enshrine the right to abortion in state constitutions are already on...

Outraged Brazilian women stage protests against bill to equate late abortions with homicide

Jun. 15, 2024 19:41 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday as protests sweep across Brazil in opposition to a bill that would further criminalize abortions. If passed, the law would equate the termination of a pregnancy after 22 weeks with homicide. ...

A few midwives seek to uphold Native Hawaiian birth traditions. Would a state law jeopardize them?

Jun. 15, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Ki‘inaniokalani Kahoʻohanohano longed for a deeper connection to her Native Hawaiian ancestors and culture as she prepared to give birth to her first child at home on the north shore of Maui in 2003. But generations of colonialist suppression had eroded many...