Indian woman gives birth to twins at age of 73

(CNN)A 73-year-old woman in India has given birth to twin girls. Mangayamma and her husband, 80-year-old E. Raja Rao, have been married since 1962 but had never been able to conceive naturally. They approached Umashankar in 2018 and, after preliminary tests were promising, the doctor agreed to give them one round of IVF treatment. Given Mangayamma’s age, the doctors performed a C-section and will keep her under observation for the next 21 days. “We are not allowing the mother to breastfeed and the babies will be fed through the milk bank,” Umashankar said. Rao, 80, has already begun making plans for his daughter, said Umashankar. And for Mangayamma, it is a new lease of life at the age of 73,he …

Judge notes ‘sad irony’ of men deciding abortion rights as he strikes Mississippi’s abortion law

(CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi state law that sought to forbid most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, writing a sharply worded opinion with implications for states weighing similar measures. Judge Carlton Reeves, district judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, wrote that the law “unequivocally” infringes upon a women’s 14th Amendment due process rights and defies Supreme Court precedents. Citing evidence that viability begins at between 23 and 24 weeks, Reeves wrote that “there is no legitimate state interest strong enough, prior to viability, to justify a ban on abortions.” “The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decadeslong campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court …

Death sentence for abortion? The hypocrisy of US pro-lifers is plain to see | Jill Filipovic

The Texas state legislature is debating a provision that wouldnt just outlaw abortion, but legally qualify it as homicide. The repercussions are chilling Do pro-life advocates care about life or do they care about punishment? The latest abortion debate out of Texas gives a clear answer: the goal is to hurt women, not defend life. The Texas state legislature is debating a provision that wouldnt just outlaw abortion, but legally qualify it as homicide. For context of how extreme that is, even in the United States before Roe v Wade made abortion broadly legal, the procedure was outlawed in most states but was not considered murder abortion was its own crime. Texas in 2019 wants to be even more barbaric …

Skin-Lightening Cream Put a Woman Into a Coma. It Could Happen Again.

By Anna Almendrala | California Healthline She had been buying face cream through a friend of a friend for 12 years. This time, it was Ponds Rejuveness, a version of the companys anti-wrinkle cream that is made and sold in Mexico. But someone in the Mexican state of Jalisco laced the cream with a toxic, skin-lightening compound, and it had a devastating effect on the 47-year-old Sacramento resident. She showed up at the emergency room arent releasing her name, but they say she is the first known victim of methylmercury poisoning from a cosmetic in the U.S. Methylmercury is a heavy metal used in things like long-term exposure can cause kidney damage, loss of peripheral vision and lack of coordination. …

The Handmaids Tale comes to life in Alabama. Women must heed the warning | Zoe Williams

The indictment of Marshae Jones for the manslaughter of her unborn child shows that misogyny is now state law, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when another woman, Ebony Jemison, shot her in the stomach, in an Alabama town called Pleasant Grove. The 27-year-old Jones survived but the foetus, hit by the bullet, did not. Jemison successfully pleaded self-defence, since her gun was drawn in the middle of a fight that Jones reportedly started and was winning according to an unnamed police source until the gun was fired. Since the shooter was exonerated, it seems odd still to be preoccupied with who started the fight. But this is one of two key elements in the …

‘My teeth moved so much I needed braces’ readers on how childbirth changed them

Having a baby is life-changing, but the lasting impacts of childbirth are particularly surprising, from altered shoe sizes, shifting teeth and night sweats to flobbily boobs and better sex My teeth moved Out of all the strange side-effects I expected to experience after birth, I didnt imagine I would have issues with my teeth. One theory is that relaxin, a hormone released during pregnancy to relax the ligaments in the pelvis and to soften and widen the cervix, may cause your teeth to shift. They had felt a bit strange after my sons birth five years ago. After I had my daughter earlier this year, they moved so much that I now need braces. I know it is not the …

Crispr Gene Editing Is Coming for the Womb

William Peranteau is the guy parents call when they’ve received the kind of bad news that sinks stomachs and wrenches hearts. Sometimes it’s a shadow on an ultrasound or a few base pairs out of place on a prenatal genetic test, revealing that an unborn child has a life-threatening developmental defect. Pediatric surgeons like Peranteau, who works at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, usually can’t try to fix these abnormalities until their patients leave their mother’s bodies behind. And by then it might be too late. It’s with the memory of the families he couldn’t help in the back of his mind that Peranteau has joined a small group of scientists trying to bring the fast-moving field of gene editing to …

How AI and Data-Crunching Can Reduce Preterm Births

This story is part of a week-long series on reproduction, from prenatal testing to childfree Reddit. Emily Pickett, a doula in Louisville, Kentucky, is used to hearing hard truths from expecting mothers. Her job is to guide women through pregnancy, acting as confidante and supporter; understanding their deepest stressors—an abusive partner, a struggle with drugs—is important to ensuring healthy pregnancies. In the largely poor and black neighborhoods of Louisville’s West End, where Pickett leads a nonprofit network of doulas, it’s also part of preparing women for a specific threat: giving birth too soon. Premature birth and its complications are the leading cause of death in infants. In the US, roughly one in 10 babies is born prematurely, or before 37 …

Flu cases still high as first human universal vaccine trial begins

(CNN)Most states are seeing an unusually high number of flu patients as the season comes to a close. Meanwhile, the very first human experiments with a new universal flu shot have begun at the National Institutes of Health. Although flu has not taken as many lives this year as last, when more than 80,000 people died, the number of deaths is still considerable. Five children died of flu-associated causes during the week ended March 30, bringing total number of childhood deaths for the season to 82; overall, as many as 50,900 total deaths due to flu have occurred this season, according to the CDC. Not all flu-related deaths are detected or reported, so the actual number may be higher. The …

‘Heartbeat’ Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong

Last week, Georgia governor Brian Kemp—the narrow winner over Stacey Abrams in a contentious, sketchy election last year—signed into law a ban on abortions after more than six weeks of pregnancy. That made Georgia the sixth state to institute such a ban, and the fourth this year (Ohio’s elected officials put theirs in place in April), with seven more states kicking around the idea. It’s not even the most aggressive anti-abortion concept; the Alabama state senate is set to vote today on a bill that, if it became law, would make performing an abortion a crime punishable by up to 99 years in prison. They’re all part of a nationwide push, with more than 300 bills in 2019, to try …

Cryptic pregnancies: I didnt know I was having a baby until I saw its head

Klara Dollan spent nine months totally unaware that she was pregnant. The possibility only crossed her mind as she gave birth in her bathroom. But cryptic pregnancies like hers are far from unusual When Klara Dollan, then 22, woke up at 4am on the day she was due to start her new job, she thought her agonising stomach cramps signalled her period being back with a vengeance. She had been taking the pill with no break for more than six months, but had stopped about two weeks before. The waves of pain left her pale and shaking, but she didnt feel she could call in sick on her first day so she took some paracetamol on her mothers advice, and …

Arkansas bill pushes to ban abortion in Down syndrome cases

(CNN) A bill that would prohibit abortions after tests indicate that a fetus may have Down syndrome overwhelmingly cleared the Arkansas state Senate and is now under consideration in the state House. Under the proposed law, a physician would have to inform patients of the law, ask a pregnant woman if she is aware of test results, and request medical records. He or she is prohibited from performing the abortion for at least two weeks to obtain the records. There are caveats: a physician may go through with the procedure if the pregnancy puts the life of the mother or unborn child at harm, or if it is a result of rape or incest. If the measure becomes law, physicians …

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

On Friday, the legislature of Missouri passed a ban on abortions, among the most extreme of any state. It prohibits any abortions after eight weeks of gestation, putting it among the category of misleadingly named “heartbeat bills” that use fetal cardiac activity as a marker for … well, illegality, really. Like a law signed earlier last week in Alabama, the Missouri bill contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. That makes eight US states with similar extreme bans on their books—each vying to be the law that makes its way to the Supreme Court and overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal in the United States. None of the restrictions have gone into effect, …

How Much Prenatal Genetic Information Do You Actually Want?

This story is part of a week-long series on reproduction, from preventing premature births to childfree Reddit. Most nights, talk around Kristin Hamann’s dinner table eventually turns to genetics. Her husband, Rodrigo Martinez, works for George Church’s whole genome sequencing company outside of Boston, so that’s hardly a surprise. When their 4-month-old daughter Julia started getting a rash on her face recently, Hamann wondered if maybe something in her own diet was triggering it. That’s when her husband, who had recently had all 6 billion base pairs in his genome sequenced, told her that he had a genetic variation that made him sensitive to gluten. Hamann stopped eating wheat and her daughter’s rash seemed to clear up. “For a first-time …

Single women are paying thousands to freeze their eggs but at what cost?

One cycle means paying up to 8,000 and the birth rate is just 18%. Despite this, women are increasingly choosing this route Growing numbers of women are choosing to freeze their eggs because they havent found the right partner yet but with the odds of conception so low, is it a waste of money? Egg freezing is a method of preserving a womans fertility so she can try to have children at a later date. It involves collecting her eggs, freezing them and thawing them later so they can be used in treatment. . Caroline Watson* was in her late 30s and had been single for three years when she started to seriously consider freezing her eggs. The clock was …

States are prosecuting women in the name of ‘fetal rights’. We should all be alarmed | Moira Donegan

The indictment of Marshae Jones is part of a larger trend of states criminalizing women for unintended pregnancy outcomes In December, 28-year-old Marshae Jones saw a woman she didnt like, Ebony Jemison, in the parking lot of a Dollar General in Pleasant Grove, Alabama, and confronted her. The fight turned physical, and Jemison shot Jones, who was five months pregnant, in the stomach. Jones was rushed to a hospital. She survived, but lost her pregnancy. The fetus had been struck by a bullet. Yet a grand jury indicted Jones not Jemison for manslaughter. Under Alabama law a fetus has the same rights as a living person, and the grand jury ruled that Jones had an obligation to avoid anything that …