Pregnancy and childbirth

FILE - This Nov. 27, 2015 file photo shows two marijuana buds displayed for a customer in Denver. A government report released on Tuesday, June 17, 2019 shows that pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 18, 2019 - 4:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That's from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent walks between vehicles outside the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. Advocates were shocked to find an underage mom and her tiny, premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility the second week of June 2019, in what they say was another example of the poor treatment immigrant families receive after crossing the border. The mother is a Guatemalan teen who crossed the border without a parent and was held at a facility in McAllen, Texas, with other families with children. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
June 15, 2019 - 7:05 pm
A U.S. Border Patrol facility in Texas came under new scrutiny Saturday after a teenage mother was found there with a premature baby. Immigrant advocates expected the facility in the U.S.-Mexico border city of McAllen to allow doctors inside to conduct health assessments, but it was not immediately...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent walks between vehicles outside the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. Advocates were shocked to find an underage mom and her tiny, premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility the second week of June 2019, in what they say was another example of the poor treatment immigrant families receive after crossing the border. The mother is a Guatemalan teen who crossed the border without a parent and was held at a facility in McAllen, Texas, with other families with children. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
June 15, 2019 - 3:50 am
The teenage girl with pigtail braids was hunched over in a wheelchair and holding a bunched sweatshirt when an immigrant advocate met her at a crowded Border Patrol facility in Texas. She opened the sweatshirt and the advocate gasped. It was a tiny baby, born premature and held in detention instead...
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This March, 2019 photo provided by Sharp HealthCare in San Diego shows a baby named Saybie. Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns said in a statement Wednesday, May 29, 2019, that Saybie, born at 23 weeks and three days, is believed to be the world's tiniest surviving baby, who weighed just 245 grams (about 8.6 ounces) before she was discharged as a healthy infant. She was sent home this month weighing 5 pounds (2 kilograms) after nearly five months in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. (Sharp HealthCare via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 9:57 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When she was born, the baby girl weighed about the same as an apple. A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed the birth of the girl and said she is believed to be the world's tiniest surviving micro-preemie, who weighed just 8.6 ounces (245 grams) when she was born in December...
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May 22, 2019 - 1:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant woman is seeking asylum in a Chicago church after she says she received a deportation order and must leave the U.S. WBEZ radio reported Tuesday that Adilene Marquina has a high-risk pregnancy and is afraid to travel back to Mexico. She is staying at the Faith, Life and...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 1, 2019, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 presidential candidates on the issue. The California Democrat’s bill would create some $150 million in grant programs to medical schools and states to fight implicit racial bias in medical care for women. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 22, 2019 - 11:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic women running for president unveiled plans Wednesday to improve maternal health care, with Sen. Kamala Harris reintroducing a bill aimed at addressing racial disparities in childbirth care and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand promising to make adoptions and high-tech...
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May 20, 2019 - 2:16 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 29-year-old woman gave birth to six babies in Poland on Monday, in what is believed to be the country's first-ever case of sextuplets. The mother and newborns are said to be doing well. The babies, four of whom are girls, were born through cesarean section at University...
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May 15, 2019 - 5:04 pm
When the man arrived at the hospital with severe abdominal pains, a nurse didn't consider it an emergency, noting that he was obese and had stopped taking blood pressure medicines. In reality, he was pregnant — a transgender man in labor that was about to end in a stillbirth. The tragic case,...
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German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Mueller, left, and Natalia Kanem, head of the U.N. population agency, present the annual report in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Kanem said that more than half the $70 million Washington used to give the agency annually was used for life-saving humanitarian programs. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 10:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. population agency chief said Wednesday she regrets the U.S. government's decision to cut funding for programs that help ensure safe pregnancies worldwide. The United States used to provide about $70 million per year toward UNFPA programs to protect the health and lives of...
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CORRECTS NAME TO BRITTNEY VERVILLE - In this March 23, 2019 photo, eight labor and delivery nurses at Maine Medical Center hold up cards with their due dates in Portland, Maine. Nine nurses at the Portland hospital’s labor and delivery unit are pregnant. The pictured nurses, from left to right, are Erin Grenier, Rachel Stellmach, Brittney Verville, Lonnie Souci, Amanda Spear, Samantha Giglio, Nicole Barnes and Holly Selby. Nicole Goldberg is not pictured. (Alicia Wilson/Maine Medical Center via AP)
March 29, 2019 - 11:30 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The stork will be making even more trips to a Maine hospital. This week, all except one of the nine pregnant labor and delivery nurses at Maine Medical Center showed off their baby bumps in a photo shared widely on social media. The infants are expected to arrive between...
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