Live birth has evolved independently more than 150 times. The underlying biophysical processes all look quite similar, but new research shows they use completely different genetic tools.
On International Women’s Day, two women writers discuss feminism, writing in the age of Trump and Covid – and being ‘flabbergasted’ by the absence of birth from Western art and philosophy.
Women deserve to know all the risks and be supported in their birth choices.
On Father’s Day, a scholar of ancient Greek poetry explains how he came to understand the father-son relationship and his journey of loss and yearning through reading the epics.
Induction of labour can be life-saving in some situations. But women are increasingly induced for non-medical reasons, and earlier in their pregnancies.
Tokophobia goes beyond normal childbirth concerns and worries and becomes an intense and irrational fear of pregnancy and/or labour.
Many women are turning away from hospital births during the pandemic, preferring to give birth at home. But midwives aren’t always available to support them. So some are birthing without one.
While identical twins are seen more as an accidental splitting of a single egg, there could be a good reason mothers produce non-identical twins from two separate eggs.
The three-toed skink can give birth to live young and lay eggs in the same pregnancy. What can this little critter teach us about the evolution of live birth?
Up to 35% of mothers and fathers don’t fall in love with their baby immediately.
Having a baby is stressful enough without also having to process misinformation. Here are the facts from the WHO, experts and the research evidence.
The decline in US birth weight is somewhat of a puzzle for public health researchers.
Hypnobirthing aims to reduce fear and pain during childbirth. But while the evidence suggests it’s associated with decreased use of some pain medications, it doesn’t affect epidural rates.
The number of births in the United States have been falling for the last three decades, reaching their lowest number in 32 years.
The Hyde Amendment bans federal abortion funding for most people.
Having multiple romantic partners also offers greater financial and logistical support when raising children, according to research with polyamorous families.
The benefits of midwifery for women and babies globally are clear. In Canada, innovations in midwifery centres and services are tempered by low pay and high rates of burnout.
Babies undertake a massive transition during labour and delivery as they move from the supported environment of the uterus to independent existence.
The number of births in the US is down 2% – to what the CDC calls ‘the lowest number of births in 32 years.’ This drop brings the US more in line with its peers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wish to keep the arrival of their baby private – and it’s caused some consternation. But this was normal for most medieval women.