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October 28, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
An ordinance targeting maternity hotels is not necessary, since the facilities are illegal under existing law, the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning said in a report. Since February, a task force convened by the county Board of Supervisors has shut down 18 suspected hotels, all in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights. Pregnant women from China and Taiwan stay at the hotels so they can give birth to children who are U.S. citizens. Nearly all the hotels were in single-family residential zones, where boarding houses already are banned, according to the report released Friday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
This post has been updated. See note below. Follow me down the rabbit hole for a moment while we discuss the case of Kimberly Erin Caselman, a Pier 1 sales associate in San Jose who loves her job and informed her boss in November that she was two months pregnant with her second child. On the recommendation of her obstetrician, Caselman, 31, also informed Pier 1 that she was not to lift any objects heavier than 15 pounds, or climb ladders. Her pregnancy is not high-risk, but that seemed prudent, and not particularly limiting.
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NEWS
June 1, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Pumping breast milk at the office is considerably more time-consuming and inconvenient than feeding an infant formula. So the latest breastfeeding research will come as no surprise to anyone who’s considered either option: Women who take the least amount of maternity leave may be less likely to breastfeed, or at least breastfeed for very long, than women who take longer maternity leaves.  Researchers at the Georgia Department of Community Health...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
Romanian new-wave director Calin Peter Netzer ("Medal of Honor") and screenwriter Razvan Radulescu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu") were bouncing around ideas for a film about a dysfunctional family when they began talking about their own relationships with their parents. "We discovered we both have some kind of domineering mother," said Netzer over the phone from his home in Bucharest. The result, "Child's Pose," which opens Friday, is an Oedipal tale in the guise of a psychological thriller about a domineering mother and her obsessive love for her now-adult son. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen "Child's Pose," which won the Golden Bear last year at the Berlin Film Festival and was Romania's Oscar submission for foreign language films, derives its title from the well-known yoga pose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County residents are growing weary of maternity hotels in their neighborhoods, filing 60 complaints in the last month alone, according to a report by the county Planning Department. The surge, from just 15 complaints spread over the previous five years, appears related to media coverage of a Chino Hills case in early December, which may have encouraged people to come forward. The facilities are typically set up in single-family homes in quiet residential neighborhoods, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Following a flurry of complaints, Los Angeles County inspectors have cited 16 “maternity hotel” owners for illegally operating boardinghouses in residential zones. No major health or safety issues were found at the hotels, where women from Asia stay to give birth to U.S. citizen babies. But some of the facilities, which were in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, were cited for building and fire code violations, according to a report released Thursday. Some of the unauthorized renovations included kitchens, laundries, nurseries and living quarters for workers, the report said.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Shan Li
Nearly doubling maternity leave in Norway had little long-term effect on children's school performance, parent's income or the labor participation of women, a new study found. Extending paid leave for new Norwegian mothers to 35 weeks to 18 weeks ultimately led to "large increases in public spending" with a "considerable increase in taxes," according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found that maternity leave disproportionately benefited women from more affluent families since the program pays larger sums to people with higher incomes.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2011 | By Kenneth R. Harney
Should being pregnant and taking maternity leave ever be reasons to be turned down for a home mortgage or having your loan closing postponed? You might think not, but two new legal actions by federal fair lending regulators suggest that the mortgage industry — and even federally run financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — may need to address the issue. In one case, a Seattle-area physician settled a discrimination complaint with Cornerstone Mortgage Co., a national mortgage banking firm based in Houston.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
An alleged maternity hotel operating out of a hilltop mansion in Chino Hills has apparently shut down after city officials obtained a temporary restraining order against its owners. The mansion allegedly housed women from China who traveled to California to give birth to American citizen babies. In a Dec. 7 court filing, Chino Hills officials describe a seven-bedroom house divided into 17 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, with mothers and their babies staying in 10 of the rooms. The owners did not obtain permits to remodel the property, nor were they allowed to operate a business in a residential zone, the complaint stated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
USA Baby Care's website makes no attempt to hide why the company's clients travel to Southern California from China and Taiwan. It's to give birth to an American baby. "Congratulations! Arriving in the U.S. means you've already given your child a surefire ticket for winning the race," the site says in Chinese. "We guarantee that each baby can obtain a U.S. passport and related documents. " That passport is just the beginning of a journey that will lead some of the children back to the United States to take advantage of free public schools and low-interest student loans, as the website notes.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | Michelle Maltais
When I was waddling through the L.A. Times newsroom last fall very pregnant, the issue that weighed most on me had little to do with my actual baby bump. It was whether I could afford to take all the time I needed to bond with and care for my daughter in her very early development and still support my family financially. When it comes to maternity leave, the U.S. is by no means a leader. That blessed time off from work when parents learn and stumble through all of those unbelievably unnatural "natural instincts" varies greatly from country to country . Canadians can get up to 50 weeks of leave at up to 45% of pay. The Danes and Serbs can take 52 weeks at full pay. The Swedes offer the most paid time off, 60 weeks at 80% of pay. (More in the infographic below.)
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Shan Li
Nearly doubling maternity leave in Norway had little long-term effect on children's school performance, parent's income or the labor participation of women, a new study found. Extending paid leave for new Norwegian mothers to 35 weeks to 18 weeks ultimately led to "large increases in public spending" with a "considerable increase in taxes," according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found that maternity leave disproportionately benefited women from more affluent families since the program pays larger sums to people with higher incomes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
An ordinance targeting maternity hotels is not necessary, since the facilities are illegal under existing law, the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning said in a report. Since February, a task force convened by the county Board of Supervisors has shut down 18 suspected hotels, all in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights. Pregnant women from China and Taiwan stay at the hotels so they can give birth to children who are U.S. citizens. Nearly all the hotels were in single-family residential zones, where boarding houses already are banned, according to the report released Friday.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Don Lee
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an unprecedented plan to boost economic growth and shore up his country's shrinking labor force - help more women return to work. About two-thirds of Japanese women leave the workforce after the birth of their first child. Most do not return for years, if ever. It's a major reason the employment rate of Japanese women is one of the lowest in developed economies, particularly among those married and well-educated. Abe's government wants to change that situation for women such as Saori Tachibana.
SCIENCE
July 12, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
The advice to the United Nations is unambiguous: Don't repeat the previous mistake of ignoring poor women's access to contraception in setting goals to reduce maternal and child deaths. “Women continue to die unnecessarily in childbirth,” wrote a 27-member panel of mostly political leaders who cited World Health Organization estimates that a woman succumbs to complications of pregnancy or childbirth every 90 seconds. The panel called for providing more well-equipped health facilities, skilled birth attendants and effective contraceptives to help women plan their families.  “Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is an essential component of a healthy society,” wrote the panel that included British Prime Minister David Cameron.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
The countdown for the royal baby is on! Kim Kardashian's baby arrived early! Jessica Simpson named her baby boy Ace! Take a cursory look at the celebrity magazines at the newsstand and it would appear we're obsessed with pregnancies and babies. The U.S. fertility rate tells another story. It says we're living vicariously through rich, famous people who can afford to have babies while the rest of us wait for the economy to recover to start families. “The U.S. fertility rate has fallen sharply since the nation went into recession in 2007, hitting the lowest rate ever reported in 2011 and staying there in 2012,” reports Allison Linn in a piece for NBC's “Today” show about how women are putting off having kids due to the unstable economy . She continues: “There were 63.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control, down from 69.3 births per 1,000 women in that age range in 2007.” They say you're never really ready to have a baby, that you have to do just do it. But in today's economic climate, where everyone seems to have an uncertain future, having a baby might seem like too much of a risk.
SPORTS
July 4, 2009 | Mark Medina
She's back. Candace Parker, last year's most valuable player who missed training camp and the first eight games of the season while on maternity leave, will play an undetermined number of minutes off the bench Sunday when the Sparks host the Phoenix Mercury. "Obviously I'm still rusty and I'm still not where I was," Parker said after Friday's practice. "But I didn't expect it to be that way." Neither did Coach Michael Cooper.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
In a bid to bring Yahoo Inc. more in line with competitors such as Google and Facebook, Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has expanded the company's family leave policy.  Yahoo said Tuesday that Mayer has doubled maternity leave and extended paternity leave to eight weeks.  " We've been very focused on making Yahoo! the absolute best place to work," a Yahoo representative said in an emailed statement. "Over the last several months, we've introduced new benefits like free food to make Yahoos' days easier, new smartphones to encourage innovation, and updated computers to speed productivity," the statement said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Following a flurry of complaints, Los Angeles County inspectors have cited 16 “maternity hotel” owners for illegally operating boardinghouses in residential zones. No major health or safety issues were found at the hotels, where women from Asia stay to give birth to U.S. citizen babies. But some of the facilities, which were in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, were cited for building and fire code violations, according to a report released Thursday. Some of the unauthorized renovations included kitchens, laundries, nurseries and living quarters for workers, the report said.
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