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These posts address issues related to fertility, family planning, birth control, pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, pregnancy loss, and birth.

How To Support A Friend or Family Member Through a Miscarriage or Stillbirth

By August 16, 2016 1 Comment
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This post is in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader “O.” If you have a question you’d like one of our contributors to address, you can send it to contact(at)TheScientificParent.org The loss of a much wanted pregnancy through miscarriage or stillbirth is one of the most painful experiences someone can go through.  Friends and […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


How Much Would it Cost The Taxpayer to Stop Zika: $8.19

By May 23, 2016 No Comments
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As you may have heard last Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the number of reported pregnant women infected with Zika in the United States and its territories. That pregnant women in the United States had Zika wasn’t exactly news, but the new number was. As of May 12, 2016, a […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


Why the Natural Birth Movement Needs to Talk About Dr. Amy Tuteur

By May 16, 2016 9 Comments
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A few weeks ago Dr. Amy Tuteur wrote an opinion piece about  home birth for the New York Times entitled “Why Is American Home Birth So Dangerous?” and the Internet did what it naturally does: exploded with outrage.  Inflammatory! Judgmental! Incorrect! I have heard it all, but it’s that last claim that I’m really interested […]

Categories: Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, Science 101 + Mythbusting


What Not to Say to Parents Expecting Twins

By May 11, 2016 1 Comment
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There is a certain expectation when you’re pregnant that the only emotion you’re feeling is elation. But when you find out you’re expecting twins, it’s hard for others to see the fear and uncertainty that comes along with the joy. You’re supposed to be happy and nothing else, and you’re often made to believe that […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


Ready or Not? Why Unplanned Pregnancy Is At A 30 Year Low

By May 10, 2016 No Comments
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If you ask 1,000 people which age group has the highest rates of unplanned pregnancy (and, as someone who works in reproductive health, this is exactly the kind of thing I am apt to do), most Americans will say teens. It makes logical sense, teens don’t have a reputation as the most responsible cohort, and […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


CDC Answers More of Your Zika Questions

By May 4, 2016 1 Comment
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Mosquito season has arrived for most of the United States and Canada, and this season it brings with it the threat of Zika, and Zika-linked microcephaly.  Last week Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD, MPH Chief of the Birth Defects Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answered reader questions about Zika and microcephaly.  […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning