Mercatornet: How one Nairobi woman saves young mothers from the pressure to abort

Domitila Ayot is a humble heroine of the slums. All Anne* wanted when she left her poor home in rural Kenya after finishing high school in 2014 was to make some money in Nairobi so she could go back, clear her fees, and redeem her certificate so she could apply for college. But in late 2016, she hadn’t made enough money yet. She was still … Continue reading Mercatornet: How one Nairobi woman saves young mothers from the pressure to abort

End The Three-Month Wait For Sharing A Pregnancy

The Duggar family, of reality TV fame, are rarely described as “brave.” They have 19 children (“and counting,” as the title of their reality show declares) and are thus objects of fascination if not scorn. Yet the seemingly mundane act from one of the bunch recently did, in a strikingly quiet way, demonstrate a bit of courage. It’s not that Jill Duggar has unabashedly prioritized … Continue reading End The Three-Month Wait For Sharing A Pregnancy

Older moms may have genes for longevity

A silver lining for some older moms: the genes that allow some women to naturally have children later in life also make it likely these women will live a longer life. A study published Wednesday found that women who are able to have children after age 33–without using drugs or other infertility treatments–have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last … Continue reading Older moms may have genes for longevity

Sloan, Lahl: Inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy

The Minnesota Senate and House are currently considering two separate bills to legalize commercial surrogacy in the state (S.F. 2627 and H.F. 291). This is occurring despite that similar legislation was defeated just last year and a bill similar to what has been proposed in the Senate was vetoed in 2008. One would think that since Minnesota has twice rejected the proposal of legalizing baby-selling … Continue reading Sloan, Lahl: Inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy

The “Who Am I?” Generation

The  ‘Who Am I?’ Generation

In the 2013 film “Delivery Man,” the lead character discovers he fathered more than 500 children through sperm donation 20 years earlier, and now more than 100 of his offspring want to find him. An MTV series in 2013, “Generation Cryo,” followed a 17-year-old as she searched for her half-siblings and their donor father. The 2010 movie “The Kids Are All Right” had a similar theme. Continue reading “The “Who Am I?” Generation”

Multiple Sclerosis linked to Contraceptive Pill

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Taking the contraceptive Pill may increase a woman’s chance of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers warn.

The risk of MS could be up to 50 per cent higher among women on the Pill, according to a new US study.

The findings also show young obese women are at greater risk of the disease, probably because they produce higher levels of a hormone known to regulate appetite.

Previous research had suggested that oral contraception could cut MS risk, or delay its onset. Continue reading “Multiple Sclerosis linked to Contraceptive Pill”

When To Bite The Bullet and Have a Baby

Statistics released this week show that women in New Zealand between the ages of 35 and 39 are having more babies than women aged 20 – 24 for the first time.  In fact, the average age of first time mothers in New Zealand is now one of the highest in the developed world.  The number of babies born in 2013 in New Zealand was also … Continue reading When To Bite The Bullet and Have a Baby