A measure that Oklahoma state legislators approved Thursday would make abortion a felony for physicians, with potential penalties that include a three-year jail sentence and removal of their medical license.
By Michael Ollove, Stateline
The Joint Commission, a nonprofit that accredits health care organizations and programs, calls maternal deaths “sentinel” events. “For every woman who dies, there are 50 who are very ill, suffering significant complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery,” Dr. William Callaghan,…
In the wake of the CDC’s revelation that Zika virus causes microcephaly in infants, doctors are grappling with the thorny issue of whether they should recommend that women in high-risk areas avoid getting pregnant this summer. Hari Sreenivasan talks to…
By PBS NewsHour
Tennessee representatives voted to discontinue a controversial law that explicitly allowed prosecutors to charge a mother with fetal assault for using drugs while pregnant. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
Today, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention gave updates on their virus response efforts, U.S. cases involving pregnant women and 14 investigations into sexual transmission of the virus.
By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News
About 500,000 women give birth each year in rural hospitals, yet access to labor and delivery units has been declining.
By Larisa Epatko
The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus, and its possible link to an explosion of birth defects in Latin American countries, a public health emergency in need of a coordinated international response on Monday.
By Nsikan Akpan
What is Zika virus? How early can a doctor spot microcephaly? Did you know the U.S. already has a virus causing thousands of microcephaly cases each year?…
By Victoria Pasquantonio
Paige Bellenbaum, who battled severe postpartum depression, said Tuesday's announcement by a government-appointed task force, which recommends depression screenings for women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth, was a step in the right direction in the fight…
There's new evidence that postpartum depression is more common than previously believed, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, which calls for women to be screened during pregnancy and again after giving birth. William Brangham discusses the recommendations with…
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