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  • Texas Tribune: Dangerous Deliveries

    The Texas Tribune's Dangerous Deliveries project revealed how state lawmakers squandered opportunities to help more women access life-saving services, and how that fed the state's crisis-level maternal mortality rate for black women. And it underscored the critical nature of the problem by telling the stories of women like Sable Swallow, an uninsured waitress who was released from the hospital after giving birth even though she told nurses she had a terrible headache. After she left the hospital, the 25-year-old had a stroke.
  • Birthstory

    You know the drill - all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo - you got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this episode, conception takes on a new form - it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. At first, this is the story of an Israeli couple, two guys, who go to another continent to get themselves a baby - three, in fact - by hiring surrogates to carry the children for them. As we follow them on their journey, an earth shaking revelation shifts our focus from them, to the surrogate mothers. Unfolding in real time, as countries around the world consider bans on surrogacy, this episode looks at a relationship that manages to feel deeply affecting, and deeply uncomfortable, all at the same time. http://www.radiolab.org/story/birthstory/
  • The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal

    The piece looked at the effects of a new law in Tennessee that made it a criminal assault to give birth to a baby with drugs in its system. After a six-month investigation involving interviews with pregnant women, doctors, and health workers, we were able to document a consistent pattern of women being driven underground to avoid the fate they’ve seen in mug shots on the local news. Among many narratives: We learned of and/or spoke to women avoiding prenatal care and drug treatment in order to protect themselves from the punitive effects of the law; We learned of and/or spoke to women switching hospitals, avoiding hospital births, and even leaving the state to circumvent the law; We heard about pregnant women seeking drug treatment and being turned away for liability reasons.
  • Birthing Center

    After a Lansing-area couple sued a freestanding birth center over the death of their son, the Lansing State Journal embarked on a three-month investigation into the practices of the midwives there and the attitudes of the natural birth community which rallied behind them. The State Journal was able to confirm five newborn deaths in a 10-year span – a rate much higher than the national neonatal mortality rate – and a string of maternal injuries or complications. The investigation ultimately revealed a troubling lack of data and oversight for out-of-hospital births in Michigan, a track record of questionable practices at the birth center and a pattern of heated disagreement over whether homebirths are safe. Three months after the project ran, the birth center in question closed its doors.
  • I Want To Be a Fireman

    A Philadelphia Magazine investigation reveals that "at least 130 of the city's 4,400 active and retired firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians have hepatitis C - a blood-borne, often fatal virus that attacks the liver." The report profiles six of the Philadelphia firefighters who believe that they have contracted the deadly disease on the job. The interviewees admit that they have often been involved in childbirths and "cases with a lot of bodily fluids." The story quotes one of the sick men who blames the fire department for not providing - until recently - the rescue workers with masks or gloves. It also describes how the city has denied the claims and has refused the medical expenses of the sick firemen..
  • A name like Mike doesn't wane

    The Post-Bulletin of Rochester, MN, reports an "Analysis shows most popular and most uncommon names in (Olmsted) county...Michael was the most common name for boys and Ashley and Elizabeth were the most common names for girls born in Olmsted County from Jan. 1 through Dec 3, 1995, according to a Post-Bulletin computer analysis of birth records at the county recorder's office. An analysis of 18,577 births recorded between 1989 and last year also showed some names have had a lot of staying power..."
  • Too Many Babies? The Dangerous Rise of Multiple Births

    Aggressive fertility treatments have led to an explosion in multiple births. But few women who take fertility drugs really know the serious risks they face - for themselves and their babies. The situation has become so alarming that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a professional society representing the majority of U.S. fertility clinics, is trying now to rein in its practitioners.
  • Not married, with children

    Sadler investigates teenage pregnancy and out-of-wedlock births in Shelby County, Tennessee. She examines different social theories: Are these children a woman's choice - or society's problem?
  • Fertility fraud

    The Orange County Register uncovered allegations that fertility doctors at one of the nation's leading university research hospitals were stealing eggs from dozens of patients, fertilizing them and implanting the embryos into other unwitting patients resulting in live births. The Register also found attempts at a coverup by the University of California that ranged from physical intimidation of employees to the payment of nearly $1 million in hush money.
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    San Francisco Examiner Image Magazine reports on the unusually high number of anencephalic births in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, with pollution being a major contributor; maquiladores, the American-owned companies in Mexico that export goods to the United States without paying taxes or good wages, are not subject to U.S. environmental regulations, August 30, 1992.