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‘I was risking my life’: why one in four US women return to work two weeks after childbirth | US news | The Guardian

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Jessica Rebeschini was advised to take at least six weeks off work to recover from an emergency C-section surgery and bond with her newborn child, Karter. But with no paid maternity leave and bills due, the 26-year-old had no choice but to immediately start looking for a job. Within two weeks, she was working 45-hour weeks as a waitress doing nightshifts. She was earning $4.35 an hour carrying heavy trays and walking several miles a day – pumping breastmilk in the restaurant toilet when she could, and living in fear of her C-section scar reopening. Maternity leave: US policy is […]

Mums-to-be advised to grip comb during childbirth as the ‘acupuncture points’ can ease labour pains

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IF there’s one thing that’s obvious about childbirth it’s that it is bound to be painful – but a new helpful hint may be able to ease off the agony. And before you start panicking about impeding space on your hospital packing, all you’re going to need to add is a simple fine-toothed comb. Did you know a comb can be used during labor?! And no its not for your hair. When gripped in your hands, a comb can… Posted by Fox Valley Birth and Baby on Monday, July 15, 2019 The little-known pain relief tip has taken Facebook by storm […]

For Serena Williams, Childbirth Was a Harrowing Ordeal. She’s Not Alone.

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When the ultrasound revealed nothing, she underwent a CT scan, which showed several small blood clots in her lungs. She was immediately put on the heparin drip. “I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!” she told the doctors. A spokeswoman for Ms. Williams declined to comment beyond the Vogue article. The need to ensure that medical professionals are responsive to new mothers’ concerns has gained attention in recent years. The “Stop. Look. Listen!” campaign, for example, which was introduced in 2012, aims to empower women to report pregnancy-related medical issues and to increase awareness and responsiveness among health care practitioners. […]

#19 Weeks + Maternity Clothes that I am Loving….

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19 WEEKS.  Almost half-way there! I have definitely needed maternity clothes this time around much sooner than I did compared to when I was pregnant with Brooke and Skye!  I remember thinking during Brooke’s pregnancy that I didn’t want to spend a penny on maternity clothes (mostly because I couldn’t afford any and just tried to make anything I had work for the last few months) but with this pregnancy I have definitely needed them and wanted to find some really comfortable options that I felt good in. Here is basically the items that I wear on repeat: *I bought […]

For this first-time dad who lost wife to childbirth, love means faith

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In March, Giki passed away hours after giving birth to their firstborn Phoebe. This June 17, Kahlil will have his first Father’s Day, without his wife by his side but armed with faith in raising his daughter. This content was originally published here.

Mother dies during childbirth from treatable condition that went undiagnosed due to COVID-19 restrictions

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A New York woman died during childbirth last month, and her husband said she tried to get treatment for the condition that killed her, but couldn’t because of coronavirus restrictions in hospitals, according to People magazine. Amber Rose Isaac, 26, died on April 21 when her heart stopped shortly after giving birth to her son, Elias. The child’s father, Bruce McIntyre, called the death “100% preventable” if she had been able to get an in-person appointment in the months leading up to her death. Isaac began noticing her platelet levels decreasing beginning in February, McIntyre said, but she couldn’t get […]

Kate Middleton pays tribute to Diana after childbirth – with detail most missed

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third baby into the world yesterday. It was announced that another prince joined the line of succession at 11:01am local time, before later on Monday evening William and Kate appeared in front of cameras to show their baby for the first time. For some, it didn’t go unnoticed that Kate may have chosen to honor William’s late mother, the dearly beloved Diana, Princess of Wales, with a rather fitting tribute… Daily Mail. “So we’ve got more photos up around the house now…” Though his wife, Kate, never knew Diana, William […]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Falsely Claims Abortion is Safer Than Childbirth

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Abortions are not safer than childbirth because a baby always dies. Women, too, risk their physical and mental health – and their future children’s as well – when they have abortions. But some of the most respected minds in the country continue to mislead the public about the truth. On Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg claimed abortion is safer than childbirth while attacking a Louisiana law that requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges for patient emergencies, The Independent reports. The justices considered a challenge to the law Wednesday, and they are expected to rule on the […]

Mom Dies After Being Forced To Wait Seven Hours To Be Operated On For Post-Childbirth Complications

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A young mom passed away after doctors failed to tend to her post-childbirth complications. Despite Charles Jonhson’s requests for his wife, Kira, to be seen as she struggled to recover from giving birth to the couple’s second son in 2016, doctors waited seven hours to conduct a CT scan. By then, it was too late.  In a talk with 11 Alive, Charles described his late wife, who spoke five languages, as unstoppable. As unstoppable as she was, it was only right that he would notice when something wasn’t quite right with his outgoing wife after she gave birth on April 12, […]

Yet Another Beautiful Black Woman Dies in Childbirth

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By all accounts, Kira Johnson could be described as a phenomenal woman. She traveled extensively, spoke five languages, and even raced cars with her adoring husband of 10 years right by her side. The mother of one son, 19-month-old Charles Johnson V, Kira and her husband were ecstatic when they found out they were having another boy—they had wanted two back to back. According to her husband Charles Johnson IV, who is the son of Judge Glenda Hatchett, of the nationally syndicated reality court TV show Judge Hatchett, Kira never missed a prenatal appointment and was in excellent health. On […]