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August 16, 1985
Re the snub of TV networks on birth control campaigns: The Dutch have practically no problem with teen-age pregnancy. They also provide condoms through ubiquitous vending machines. We, on the other hand, have more teen-age pregnancy than any other industrialized country, while allowing a vocal, "religious" minority to intimidate an entire media industry. SUSU LEVY Encino
November 4, 1997
Re "It Must Be What Birth Is Like" by Mary Rourke (Oct. 22): I found the article both interesting and moving, but your readers should know that conversions go the other way, as well. I was raised Roman Catholic, but I knew by age 13 that it just didn't make sense. I searched for decades for a new religion before remembering an anecdote I'd read as a child, with this punch line: "Hercules' task was to clean out the Augean stables, not to fill them back up again." I realized that I couldn't find a believable deity in any religion.
June 20, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
HIV-positive women who give birth more than four hours after the rupture of the fetal membranes--breaking of their water--are nearly twice as likely to transmit the virus to their infants as women who give birth less than four hours afterward, according to a study in the June 20 New England Journal of Medicine.
November 27, 1990
An inexpensive and effective way to prevent child abuse and neglect would be to focus on the prevention of the birth of unwanted children. SANDRA SAVETT, Santa Monica
May 24, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Birth 37 weeks after conception is normally considered a full-term pregnancy, but new research indicates that delaying delivery for another week or two can halve an infant's risk of dying in his or her first year, researchers say. "Infants born at 37 weeks or greater are considered term and have traditionally been considered as a uniform group," said Dr. Uma M. Reddy of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development,...
October 18, 1987
I have just read Peter Steinfels' review of "Politics, Power and the Church" (The Book Review, Sept. 27) and it provokes a recommendation. You scrupulously identify your reviewer. Steinfels is the editor of Commonweal. When you are publishing a review of an evidently contentious and controversial book, ask the reviewer to tell the reader a few facts about the author. Who is Lawrence Lader? What else has he written? What are his qualifications--if any? Steinfels' half page critique finds nothing in Lader's work except bad logic and rampant bigotry.
September 6, 2012 | By Hilary MacGregor
The first question is whether you want documentary evidence of childbirth. If the answer is yes, there are a few things to consider: Pros : Mothers can catch magical moments they missed during the event itself. Cons : Professionals say mothers must be careful who is invited into the birthing space. Maternal stress can hinder the actual birth. Cost : Jodie Myers ( charges $1,395 for raw footage of a home-birth, up to $3,500 for an edited, documentary-quality short film shot in the hospital.
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