Latest Pregnancy and childbirth News

With more girls pregnant, Zimbabwe pushes a return to school

Jan. 12, 2022 03:30 AM EST

MUREHWA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Inside a sparsely furnished two-room home in rural Zimbabwe, a 3-month-old baby cries. His mother, Virginia Mavhunga, spends her days making trips to the well with a bucket on her head, selling fruits and vegetables at the roadside, cooking, cleaning, washing clothes —...

South Carolina sees drop in infant mortality numbers

Jan. 06, 2022 10:48 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's infant mortality rate dropped between 2019 and 2020, but the rate of babies dying before their first birthday is likely still above the national average. Of the 55,713 babies born in South Carolina in 2020, 364 died within their first year of...

Blood test may one day predict severe pregnancy complication

Jan. 05, 2022 13:41 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A blood test may one day be able to predict whether someone who is pregnant will develop a serious blood pressure disorder months before symptoms show up. Preeclampsia happens in around 1 of 20 pregnancies, usually in the third trimester, and can cause organ...

Program assists substance-exposed infants, their caregivers

Dec. 18, 2021 10:37 AM EST

Phoenix (AP) — Pregnant with her second child, Clarissa Collins was at her methadone clinic when a woman walked in with a box of doughnuts and a baby doll. The woman, Tara Sundem, was partway through a five-year effort to open Hushabye Nursery and launch a novel family-focused...

Sienna Miller settles phone hacking claim against tabloid

Dec. 09, 2021 13:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Actor Sienna Miller on Thursday accepted “substantial” damages from the publisher of British tabloid newspaper The Sun, which she accuses of hacking her phone and leaking news of her pregnancy. Miller, a performer whose films include “Factory Girl,” “Black...

Expelled Coast Guard cadet sues over policy banning parents

Dec. 08, 2021 17:32 PM EST

A former cadet who was expelled from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy after becoming a father filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the school's policy that prohibits students from being parents. Isaak Olson was two months from graduating from the academy in 2014 with a degree in...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 01, 2021 14:25 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. November XX, 2021. Editorial: Lake O operating plan about the best option of tough choices Pity the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Taking on the role of a modern-day Solomon, the federal agency had to come up with new water usage...

US panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

Nov. 30, 2021 19:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus. The Food and Drug...

Indiana medical groups plead for more to get COVID-19 shots

Nov. 30, 2021 16:49 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s top medical groups pleaded Tuesday for more people to get COVID-19 vaccine shots as the state is in the midst of a new surge of infections and hospitalizations. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is set to renew the statewide public health...

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Nov. 26, 2021 11:34 AM EST

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration posted its...