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Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a …

Nurse-family partnership program that supports soon-to-be mothers will expand in Spokane

The Spokane County nurse-family partnership program will expand to serve 50 more families in 2020 after a $293,000 boost in funding from state lawmakers.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Spokane region improves preterm birth rates but challenges persist

Spokane has improved preterm birthrates, a new March of Dimes report shows, but the region still lags behind the state’s rate.

Markle’s example: New parents, it’s OK to not be OK

Duchess Meghan Markle opened up about her struggles of pregnancy and being a new mother. Spokane specialists and new mothers spoke about their experience.

Local health experts warn against using marijuana while pregnant, even as research remains inconclusive

Multiple studies have shown that marijuana use during pregnancy can be linked to low birth weight and cognitive issues during formative years, but that research has been limited by the …

UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

Pregnant teens especially vulnerable at border detention centers

As horrific tales of squalor and overcrowding in government border detention facilities abound, one group of migrants is particularly vulnerable: teen moms and pregnant girls without parents of their own. …

Spokane’s third charter school will cater to teen parents across the county

Lumen High School received the OK this week to open during the 2020-21 school year. Organizers hope to locate near downtown and serve dozens of teen parents, whose numbers have …

US pregnancy deaths up, and report says most are preventable

U.S. health officials say more moms are dying from pregnancy-related causes, and more than half of those deaths are preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report …

Cannabis retailers’ perspective wanted for WSU study

Washington State University is conducting a study on experiences, perceptions, and views about cannabis purchases from pregnant women.

Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in ‘birth tourism’

Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship, often in Florida.

Long overlooked by science, pregnancy is finally getting attention it deserves

For two years, a group of world-class scientists pitched their idea for a hot new biotech company to investors: a start-up focused on a promising therapy for preeclampsia, a serious …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Growing from grief: Cleveland family raises money for CuddleCot, a device to help families with stillbirth grief

All childbirth is painful, but the physical pain is often overtaken by the sheer joy of welcoming a child into the world. Sadly, for the 24,000 families in the U.S. …

Former foster child overcomes pregnancy loss to graduate

Thompson is among 59 students who graduated Wednesday from Magic Valley High, an alternative school in Twin Falls. She plans to study registered nursing at the College of Southern Idaho.

Rapper Cardi B reveals pregnancy on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Rapper Cardi B has revealed during a “Saturday Night Live” performance she’s pregnant.

Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that’s the way she likes it.

1 in 4 pregnancies in Central Oregon is “drug affected”

The number of newborns going through drug withdrawal has increased fivefold since 2000. So, the St. Charles Center for Women’s Health in Redmond recently started a program for “drug affected” …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

Belly casting offers expecting mothers ‘more than a picture’

While humans have been creating casts of objects and bodies since time immemorial, belly casting has been increasing in popularity in recent years.

Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds

The fertility rate in Flint, Michigan, dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017

Woman who chose baby instead of chemotherapy has died

A Michigan woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child died early Saturday, her husband said.

New Zika testing recommendation issued for pregnant women

Federal health officials are changing their testing recommendations for pregnant women who may be exposed to the Zika virus through travel or sex or because of where they live.

UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

‘Big Bang’s’ Melissa Rauch pregnant after miscarriage

“Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch is expecting her first child with her husband, screenwriter Winston Beigel.

UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017

Oregon infant’s illness prompts warning about placenta pills

Health officials are warning new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant’s infection was tied to the practice.

Reports swirl about Beyonce’s twins, but no confirmation yet

Are Beyonce and Jay Z parents again?

Ask Mr. Dad: Sex during pregnancy? Yes, please.

I’m almost eight months pregnant and my sex life has completely disappeared. My husband used to want to make love all the time (so did I) and we did it …

New study: Antidepressants not as harmful during pregnancy as previously thought

Women who take antidepressants early in pregnancy are not at a higher risk of having children who develop autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, contrary to earlier reports, a study …

Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but pregnant moms shouldn’t use

Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to …

Bey’s Babies: Beyoncé shares photos of growing baby bump

The singer, who is expecting twins with husband Jay Z, shared photos on her

Virginia governor vows to veto 20-week abortion ban bill

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is promising to veto legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying such a “socially divisive” proposal hurts the state’s image.

Brain changes seen in pregnancy, may help preparing for baby

When researchers compared brain scans of women before and after pregnancy, they spotted some differences in 11 locations. They also found hints that the alterations help women prepare for motherhood.