Pregnancy and childbirth

In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Clara Massons holds her two years old son Jaume at her home in Barcelona, Spain. Outdated medical practices related to childbirth that continue to be used despite evidence they cause harm have come under increasing scrutiny in Europe. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Associated Press
December 12, 2019 - 1:06 am
BARCELONA (AP) — When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the SEIU Unions For All Summit in Los Angeles. For 41 years, federal law has banned pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. But the stories tumbling out this week show it’s far from eradicated. Prompted by Warren’s claim that she was forced out of a teaching job in 1971 because she was pregnant, scores of women have shared similar stories on social media. Police officers, academics, fast food workers, lawyers, flight attendants and others say they hid pregnancies on the job or during interviews, faced demotion or demeaning comments and were even fired after revealing a pregnancy.(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
October 12, 2019 - 10:50 am
For 41 years, federal law has banned pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. But the stories tumbling out this week show it's far from eradicated. Prompted by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's claim that she was forced out of a teaching job in 1971 because she was pregnant, scores of...
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This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Assessor's Office shows Assessor Paul Petersen. Petersen has been indicted in an adoption fraud case, accused of arranging for dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give their children up for adoption. Utah also has charged him on multiple felony counts, including human smuggling, sale of a child and communications fraud. (Maricopa County Assessor's Office via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 4:59 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official has been charged with human smuggling in an adoption fraud scheme that brought dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. to give up their children for adoption, court records show. Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen was charged in...
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October 09, 2019 - 5:25 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in...
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Asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, listen to names being called from a waiting list to claim asylum at a border crossing in San Diego, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The Trump administration played "bait and switch" by instructing migrants to wait in Mexico for an opportunity to apply for asylum before imposing sharp restrictions on eligibility, attorneys said in a court filing Thursday. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)
September 27, 2019 - 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups are demanding an investigation by Homeland Security's watchdog into the practice of sending pregnant women back over the U.S.-Mexico border to wait out their asylum claims. Pregnant women have been forced to sleep on the floor and were provided inadequate food...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Maureen McCarthy Scalia, widow of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is recognized by President Donald Trump as her son Eugene Scalia, top left, applauds, during his address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Labor Department faces a Senate confirmation hearing, even as Democrats argue that they haven't had enough time to scour his record of legal work for corporate interests. Although Trump tweeted in mid-July that Eugene Scalia was his pick, the committee didn't officially receive the nomination until Sept. 11, the week before Thursday's hearing. The Republican GOP-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee panel has set a vote on the nomination early next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
September 19, 2019 - 9:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department tells a Senate committee that his years of work as an attorney for corporate clients won't influence his...
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In this Aug. 30, 2019, photo, migrants, many who were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico,” program wait in line to get a meal in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros. Many shelters at the Mexico border are at or above capacity already, and some families have been sleeping in tents or on blankets in the blistering summer heat. (AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas)
September 06, 2019 - 1:39 pm
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Eight-and-a-half-months pregnant and experiencing contractions, an El Salvadoran woman crossed the Rio Grande — only to be apprehended by the Border Patrol. She was not allowed to stay. Agents took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medication to stop the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Federal health officials are issuing a national warning against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize some forms of the drug's use. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
August 29, 2019 - 12:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Surgeon General Jerome...
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August 27, 2019 - 10:28 am
PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech clinic says a baby girl has been born to a brain-dead woman kept on life support for nearly three months to allow her pregnancy to go ahead. The University Hospital in the second-largest Czech city of Brno said Tuesday the 2.1-kilogram (4.6-pound) baby was born by cesarean...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Ashley Graham arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Graham announced she’s pregnant with her first child in time to celebrate her ninth wedding anniversary with filmmaker Justin Ervin. The two shared a short video on Instagram showing off Graham’s growing bump. She wished her husband happy anniversary and said their lives are “about to get even better.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 14, 2019 - 12:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Surprise! That's how model Ashley Graham announced she's pregnant with her first child. Graham and filmmaker Justin Ervin are also celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary. The two shared a short video on Instagram showing off Graham's growing bump. She wished her husband happy...
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