Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsChildbirth
IN THE NEWS

Childbirth

FEATURED ARTICLES
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1999
In response to Carolynn Bauer Zorn's essay, " 'Sleep, Sleep, Sweet Baby Joseph,' " Voices, July 24: I understand her grief and the appreciation of the excellent care her daughter et al. received and thank her for that. Recognition for excellence at times like these is all too rare. But finishing by lashing out at all of the medical personnel who have devoted their professional lives to the clinical care of and research into childbirth with the aim of making it safer and better is insulting to us to say the least.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason's evident dismay over New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy's audacious decision to take a few days off early in the season to spend time with his wife and newborn child is yet more proof that pro sports today is as much about eye-rolling "color" commentary as it is the brief spurts of athleticism on the field. Baseball games are only a few hours long, leaving hours upon hours of airtime available for paid talkers to produce cringe-worthy commentary.
Advertisement
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Amid growing scrutiny of hospital billing, a new study finds that California hospitals charged mothers $3,296 to $37,227 for a routine delivery. For women having a cesarean section, the UC San Francisco study found patients were billed $8,312 to nearly $71,000. Few of the patients in the study released Thursday had serious health issues, and most were discharged within six days of admission. "Childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization, and even for an uncomplicated childbirth, we see a staggering difference in what hospitals charge," said lead author Renee Y. Hsia, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UC San Francisco.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Amid growing scrutiny of hospital billing, a new study finds that California hospitals charged mothers $3,296 to $37,227 for a routine delivery. For women having a cesarean section, the UC San Francisco study found patients were billed $8,312 to nearly $71,000. Few of the patients in the study released Thursday had serious health issues, and most were discharged within six days of admission. "Childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization, and even for an uncomplicated childbirth, we see a staggering difference in what hospitals charge," said lead author Renee Y. Hsia, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UC San Francisco.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason's evident dismay over New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy's audacious decision to take a few days off early in the season to spend time with his wife and newborn child is yet more proof that pro sports today is as much about eye-rolling "color" commentary as it is the brief spurts of athleticism on the field. Baseball games are only a few hours long, leaving hours upon hours of airtime available for paid talkers to produce cringe-worthy commentary.
WORLD
August 28, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
The photograph is a testament to human suffering, so sad you can't look at it twice. Or it's shocking pornography. In Zambia, that's a matter of very contentious debate. A woman lies on the ground in the image, midway through delivering a baby. The infant, born feet first, is dead from suffocation, the head not yet out of the womb. The photograph was one of three taken in June by the woman's husband outside a hospital in Lusaka, the capital, during a prolonged nurses strike.
NEWS
December 13, 1990
Re "Dark Side of Childbirth" (Nov. 27): It must have taken great courage for Victoria Karter's husband and friends to share the tragic details of her death. Hopefully, it will encourage others with the same problem to seek help. Chemical imbalance is a terrible, insidious disease but, unfortunately, not widely understood. Even though Victoria was given medication, I wonder if health professionals also gave her the support and/or comfort they would have given if she had, say, diabetes?
OPINION
December 31, 2008
Re "Midwives deliver," Opinion, Dec. 24 Better health outcomes and reduced cost are not the only benefits that midwives deliver. Midwives respect the natural pace of the birthing process, trust in the ability of a laboring woman's body and make the mom the protagonist in the birth. Doctors have the knowledge and technology to perform life-saving miracles when emergencies occur, but the routine medicalization of childbirth negatively affects the health of mothers and infants, and undermines women's confidence in their bodies and emotional bonds with their babies.
NEWS
September 15, 2010
Deaths of women associated with childbirth have dropped by about a third since 1990, an impressive achievement, but only half the rate of decline necessary to reach the Millennium Development Goals' hoped-for 75% reduction by 2015, the World Health Organizaton said Wednesday. About 358,000 women died during childbirth in 2008, compared with 546,000 in 1990. The new figures are in close agreement with reductions announced in April by researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Queensland in Australia.
HEALTH
September 6, 2012 | By Hilary MacGregor
Google "childbirth video," and hundreds of videos pop up, some with millions of views. "The Unassisted Birth of Jason Shawn II," a YouTube video which shows a woman grunting and shrieking in an inflatable pool before giving birth on her own, has 3.5 million views, with a lot of opinionated strangers weighing in on this intensely personal moment. Some videos are so graphic you want to turn away, and so vivid that it can trigger memories women might rather forget. Nonetheless, documenting every minute has become a form of 21st century scrapbooking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County will pay $7.5 million to the formerly homeless mother of a child born at L.A. County-USC Medical Center who said that negligence by medical staff resulted in brain damage to her baby. The case was filed on behalf of 1½-year-old Micah Welch by his mother, Dyrene Loftis, 25, who alleged that because of poor medical care, she suffered a ruptured uterus that caused a lack of oxygen to the child during his delivery. The settlement was approved by Los Angeles Superior Court on Oct. 30 and finalized by the county's Board of Supervisors Tuesday by a unanimous vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Drew Barrymore's babies keep on coming! The actress is pregnant with her second child. The "Big Miracle" star's big news comes just 13 months after the birth of her first child, Olive, with husband Will Kopelman, her rep confirmed to E! News' Marc Malkin, People and Us Weekly. So the moniker Drew Baby more is totally applicable here, right?! PHOTOS: The Hollywood baby boom Though Barrymore's camp didn't confirm the news until Monday, the "E.T. " alum was spotted Saturday at the LACMA Art+Film Gala that honored director Martin Scorsese and artist David Hockney, sporting a billowing, baby bump-concealing gown , Us Weekly reported . The magazine was among the first to report the pregnancy rumors.
WORLD
November 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Rising expectations of newlyweds living in their own homes and broader use of family planning in certain parts of the Arab world have drastically changed population dynamics in the region, with women marrying later and having few children, the statistics firm Gapminder reported Friday. In a series of graphics compiled and posted on the company website, the sharp demographic trends in Tunisia and Libya are offered as examples of the shift away from early marriage and frequent childbirth in Arab nations.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is there anything crueler or more repugnant than calling a pregnant woman fat? There are a number of unpleasant circumstances that come along with being pregnant, and I'm not just talking about morning sickness and “pregnancy brain.” Some women also have to contend with pregnancy discrimination , and those who don't may still worry about it, which is why too many women conceal their pregnancies for as long as possible. And on top of that, there are those two-faced people who compliment a woman's pregnancy glow to her face but then mock her cankles behind her back.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2013 | Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Nathanael Johnson was born without a doctor and later toddled around his Northern California yard without diapers, free to ingest whatever germy creatures he got his hands on, but no sugar allowed. With parents like his, it's little wonder he grew up wondering about the miracles of modern science. What's really welcome about his deeply reported book, "All Natural," is that his upbringing makes the investigation of nature versus technology fun as well as thought-provoking. He questions mainstream wisdom, "expert" advice and the all-natural solutions for childbirth, germs, raw milk, sugar, factory farming of animals and more.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
video platform video management video solutions video player Kristen Bell stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday to chat about her upcoming film, pregnancy and all things sloth. "The House of Lies" actress, who was recently at the Sundance Film Festival to promote her latest film, "The Lifeguard," said her baby with fiance Dax Shepard is due at the end of spring. And while they did find out the sex of the baby, they're keeping it their little secret despite a potential hint that Shepard was only "thinking about all the off-roading he'll have in his tiny partner.
SCIENCE
March 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A reusable, lightweight suit could help save the lives of thousands of women in poor countries who die each year during childbirth, researchers reported in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. The garment, which resembles the bottom half of a wetsuit, restores blood flow to vital organs in women in shock and suffering from obstetrical hemorrhaging during the birth.
HEALTH
June 19, 2000
In Marnell Jameson's story on the use of pain-reducing drugs in childbirth ("Childbirth That's Not So Labor-Intensive," June 12), everyone quoted is concerned about the mother's experience, but what about the child? The mothers like me who gave birth using the Lamaze method of "natural childbirth" in the 1970s did so not because we enjoy pain, but because we were convinced that a drug-free birth was better for our babies. How can a mother participate in the birthing process if she is numb from the waist down?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Five months into her pregnancy, Jessica Su was already thinking about what she would eat after her baby was born. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Su and her husband were sampling soups: pigs feet with dates and peanuts, pork chop with green papaya, beef and carrots with Chinese yam, sesame oil chicken. The makeshift cafe in Walnut was packed with pregnant women helping themselves from metal urns. Nicole Huang, the tasting event's sponsor, rushed from table to table answering questions posed in Mandarin and English: "Am I allowed to eat fruit?"
HEALTH
September 6, 2012 | By Hilary MacGregor
Google "childbirth video," and hundreds of videos pop up, some with millions of views. "The Unassisted Birth of Jason Shawn II," a YouTube video which shows a woman grunting and shrieking in an inflatable pool before giving birth on her own, has 3.5 million views, with a lot of opinionated strangers weighing in on this intensely personal moment. Some videos are so graphic you want to turn away, and so vivid that it can trigger memories women might rather forget. Nonetheless, documenting every minute has become a form of 21st century scrapbooking.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|