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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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Where the Safety Net Won’t Catch Us: How Obamacare Fails Black Women on Maternal Health

Black women in America are more likely than their white counterparts to experience poor pregnancy outcomes.

Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, Black women will still be plagued by the chronic stress that comes with simply being Black in the United States.

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No More Needles in the Stomach: New, Non-Invasive Prenatal Test Is Introduced

The test requires a simple blood draw from the pregnant person.

The new cfDNA test can detect 98 percent of Down syndrome cases and has a 0.5 percent chance of false positives, but the medical community is still approaching it with caution.

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Birthrates Stabilize Overall, but Teen Births Reach Yet Another Record Low

Physicians in California believe that they have cleared HIV from a 9-month-old born with the virus.

Good news from the preliminary birthrate data for 2012: Teen births are down to yet another historic low, births to women in their early 20s also fell to an all-time low, the rate of cesarean sections is stabilizing after years of increasing, and fewer babies were born preterm or at low birth weight.

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Plea Deal Reached in Bei Bei Shuai Prosecution

Bei Bei Shuai (right) leaves court a free woman, next to her defense attorney, Linda Pence (left).

Bei Bei Shuai’s long ordeal is finally over, just as Purvi Patel’s begins.

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North Carolina Governor to Sign Bill Forcing Educators to Teach That Abortion Is Cause of Pre-Term Birth

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill Wednesday to punish any physician in the state who is found to perform sex-selective abortions.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory argues that supporting the bill does not violate his campaign promise to not sign any anti-choice legislation into law, because SB 132 is, he says, an education bill, not an abortion restriction.

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Just Have the Baby? A New Mom Reveals Why There Is No ‘Just,’ and Not Necessarily Any Justice Either

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Just have the baby? Only if you want to. Because no one else can take on any of the pain or risk, and it’s rare that you’ll be helped significantly with the costs—something I think anyone capable of becoming pregnant understands all too well and that forced pregnancy activists work very hard not to acknowledge.

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North Carolina Approves Bill Falsely Claiming Abortion Causes Pre-Term Birth (UPDATED)

A bill meant to ban Sharia law has been amended to include multiple abortion restrictions that had been proposed earlier in the year.

A contentious bill that would require health teachers to inform seventh-grade students that abortion—along with smoking, drinking, drug use, and lack of prenatal care—can affect carrying a pregnancy to full term, passed the house and senate Wednesday.

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