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New Definitions of Full-Term Pregnancy: Why They Matter

The new definitions hopefully will be a catalyst for the cultural shift toward allowing labor and delivery to begin on its own.

The new definitions endorsed by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists hopefully will be a catalyst for a cultural shift toward allowing labor to begin on its own.

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How Doctors Date Pregnancies, Explained

Health-care providers define the stage or length of pregnancy differently than many people might think.

A health-care provider explains the three methods of pregnancy dating—last menstrual period, ultrasound, and a physical exam—and how medical professionals use them.

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CMV: The Little-Known Virus That May Endanger Your Pregnancy

Micrograph of cytomegalovirus (CMV) placentitis.

Although most of the general public, as well as some in the medical profession, are unaware of the dangers of a CMV infection to the fetus of a pregnant woman, CMV causes more birth defects and congenital disabilities in children than all other well-known diseases.

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New York City Council Candidate Discusses Running for Office While Pregnant

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“Don’t be scared. Just go for it,” said new mother Raquel Batista, who is running to represent the Bronx in the New York City Council. “There is nothing to lose. There is nothing to lose in running for office and starting your family.”

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Get Real! Accessing Abortion When You Need Funding and a Judicial Bypass

Beginning November 1, most teens who seek abortion in Oklahoma will not be able to do so without notifying a parent.

What can you do when you need an abortion, but you’re a minor in a state where you need parental permission  you probably can’t get and you don’t have money? Here are some initial steps.

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Get Real! His Religious Beliefs Say No Condoms, But I Need Them. What Do I Do?

What to do when someone's religious beliefs or ideas conflict with your need and want for safer sex and pregnancy prevention.

What to do when someone’s religious beliefs or ideas conflict with your need and want for safer sex and pregnancy prevention.

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‘Man Pregnancy’ and Other Harmful Notions That Prevent Inclusivity

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Our society polices which bodies are supposed to reproduce—everything that falls outside of these expectations becomes a spectacle or public property.

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Get Real! Why Can’t I Stop Being So Scared of Pregnancy?


Working with young people and sexuality daily, we frequently see users who have pervasive fears about becoming pregnant, even when they aren’t taking risks to begin with.

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Evidence-Based Advocacy: Addressing Pregnancy Ambivalence in Both Women and Men


Instead of only emphasizing that couples should use contraception consistently and correctly, we have to figure out how to help them clarify their feelings about pregnancy, even if those feelings are messy and complicated.

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Pro-choice Pregnancy and the Politics of Language

There are many things that are different about the experience of carrying a pregnancy to term versus choosing to terminate, but one place where you’ll often notice a stark difference is in language.

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