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This Week in Sex: New Research on Maternal and Child Health

This week, we look at new research about maternal and child health, including reports on prenatal screening tests, the importance of the father's age, and cesarean sections.

This week, we look at new research about maternal and child health, including reports on prenatal screening tests, the importance of the father’s age, and cesarean sections.

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In Texas and Canada, Lessons About Who Can—and Should—Make End-of-Life Decisions for Pregnant Persons

The heartbreaking cases of both Robyn Benson and Marlise Munoz illustrate is the need to defer to families and medical professionals, rather than bureaucrats and lawmakers, in making end-of-life decisions for pregnant people.

The heartbreaking cases of both Robyn Benson and Marlise Munoz illustrate the need to defer to families and medical professionals, rather than bureaucrats and lawmakers, in making end-of-life decisions for pregnant persons.

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Munoz Medical Records Detail ‘Distinctly Abnormal’ Fetus

Marlise Munoz

Attorneys say the sex of the now-22-week-old fetus inside Marlise Munoz’s body cannot be determined due to “deformed” lower extremities, and it also suffers from hydrocephalus and an as yet undetermined heart problem.

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Family of Pregnant Texan on Life Support: ‘We Know She’s Gone’

Erick, Mateo, and Marlise Munoz.

The family of a pregnant Texas woman who is on life support against her wishes say they want to educate the public about an advance directives law that has put them through “pure hell.”

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Texas Law Forces Hospital, Family to Keep Pregnant Woman on Life Support Against Her Will

A Texas hospital says it has no choice but to keep a pregnant woman on life support until the fetus she is carrying can be delivered, sometime next year.

A Texas hospital says it has no choice but to keep a pregnant woman on life support until the fetus she is carrying can be delivered, sometime next year.

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Research Shows Philadelphia Failing UN Maternal and Infant Health Goals

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Philadelphia’s dire performance can be attributed to the collision of two major factors: widespread, profound poverty and a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals providing maternity care.

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Double the Trouble, But Way More Than Twice the Price: Why Is Having Multiples So Expensive?

A new study shows that the cost of having twins is five times higher than the cost of having one baby; triplets or more can cost as much as $400,000. The researchers suggest this is yet another reason to reduce the number of embryos transferred during in vitro fertilization.

A new study shows that the cost of having twins is five times higher than the cost of having one baby; triplets or more can cost as much as $400,000. The researchers suggest this is yet another reason to reduce the number of embryos transferred during in vitro fertilization.

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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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Why Don’t More People Care About Black Maternal Deaths?

In September, 19-year-old Ayaanah Gibson (above) bled to death in her Benedict College dorm room after delivering a stillborn child.

What will it take to get people to recognize not just the racial disparity in death rates but the disparity in concern over U.S. Black women’s health and lives?

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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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