Latest Pregnancy and childbirth News

Indiana lawmakers consider protections for pregnant workers

Jan. 27, 2020 2:57 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More Indiana businesses would have to allow pregnant women to take longer breaks, transfer to less physical work and take unpaid time off after childbirth under a proposal state lawmakers are considering. The Senate Family and Children Services Committee voted 7-2 Monday to endorse the...

FILE - In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting a practice known as “birth tourism.

US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on 'birth tourism'

Jan. 23, 2020 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism," in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship. The regulations, which take effect Friday, address one of President Donald Trump's main...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, passengers wait at the check-in counter of Hong Kong Express Airways at the Hong Kong International Airport. The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

Jan. 17, 2020 4:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost carrier said in a statement Friday that it began requiring such tests in February 2019, after concerns were raised by Saipan...

Massachusetts Senate approves comprehensive sex ed bill

Jan. 16, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require school districts that offer a comprehensive sex education curriculum rely on “medically accurate, age-appropriate" information. Supporters say the bill — which was approved by a 33-2 vote — doesn't...

This photo taken Oct. 3, 2019 shows artist Spencer Tunick, a photographer known internationally for his shoots assembling masses of nude people, at the FLATZ Museum in Dornbirn, Austria. The unclothed human body accounts for the bulk of the material Facebook removes from its service and activists, sex therapists, artists and sex educators say the company is unfairly censoring their work, suspending them in

Does the naked body belong on Facebook? It’s complicated

Jan. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When is a photograph of nude bodies artistic or titillating? A woman's exposed nipple a political statement or erotica? A video of childbirth might show genitalia. Should what someone considers a celebration of life be censored? In 1964, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart...

This photo taken Oct. 3, 2019 shows artist Spencer Tunick, a photographer known internationally for his shoots assembling masses of nude people, at the FLATZ Museum in Dornbirn, Austria. The unclothed human body accounts for the bulk of the material Facebook removes from its service and activists, sex therapists, artists and sex educators say the company is unfairly censoring their work, suspending them in

Does the naked body belong on Facebook? It’s complicated

Jan. 15, 2020 1:08 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When is a photograph of nude bodies artistic or titillating? A woman's exposed nipple a political statement or erotica? A video of childbirth might show genitalia. Should what someone considers a celebration of life be censored? In 1964, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart...

Illinois lawmaker seeking Capitol parking for pregnant women

Jan. 13, 2020 3:14 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois legislator wants the state to set aside reserved parking spots for expectant mothers and parents with a newborn child at the Capitol Complex. Rep. Katie Stuart, an Edwardsville Democrat, said a pregnant lobbyist raised concerns about the issue during the last...

Judge's ancestor buried in cemetery possibly at MacDill Base

Jan. 12, 2020 3:00 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hillsborough Circuit Judge Lisa Campbell expected to learn that an ancestor’s grave could be beneath MacDill Air Force Base when news broke in November that the lost Port Tampa Cemetery for African-Americans might be there. After all, she said, her family has ties to Port Tampa...

Health officials: Screening more pregnant women for syphilis

Jan. 10, 2020 11:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials are ordering physicians and other medical professionals in New Mexico to step up screening of pregnant women for syphilis. A statewide public health order issued Friday is intended to prevent prevent congenital syphilis, a disease that occurs when a mother with...

Maryland wins $3.6M to address opioid abuse during pregnancy

Jan. 7, 2020 5:05 AM EST

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Health Department has received $3.6 million in federal funding to address opioid use among pregnant and new mothers. The department launched the initiative, called the “Maternal Opioid Model," this month, according to a statement released by the agency on Monday. The...