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January 3, 2013 |
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.
December 4, 2012 |
It looks like we'll be seeing more stylish maternity clothes. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were forced to announce they are expecting on Monday when Kate was admitted into a hospital, suffering from a rare form of acute morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum that can lead to dehydration and other complications. [Forbes] And there are those who are speculating -- hoping? -- that this could mean twins. [Telegraph] If all goes well, we know the duchess will wear some splendid maternity clothes.
May 20, 2012 |
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama Alison Bechdel Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 290 pp., $22 First things first: If you haven't read "Fun Home," Alison Bechdel's 2006 family memoir in comic form, drop everything and get a copy right away. In its pages, Bechdel does the miraculous: tracing deftly and with nuance her complex, claustrophobic relationship with her father, an English teacher and closeted gay man who died in 1980 (in what was either accident or suicide), shortly after Bechdel came out as a lesbian.
May 13, 2012 |
When I discovered I was pregnant with our second child, I pulled out the storage bin containing the maternity clothes from my first pregnancy and was instantly depressed. After nine months of wearing a Diane von Furstenberg maternity wrap dress and Lilly Pulitzer maternity shift in heavy rotation — and I mean heavy in every sense — I couldn't face another pregnancy in these same few outfits. But at $300 for designer maternity dresses I would wear another half a year at most, I wasn't prepared to splurge on an entirely new pregnancy wardrobe.
October 4, 2011
Every American has a stake in the quality of care that pregnant women receive. Good prenatal care, which reduces the number of premature and low-birth-weight babies, is an extremely effective investment, saving $1.37 in future healthcare costs for every $1 spent. But who should cover the upfront cost of providing that care? Just pregnant women? Couples who want kids? That's been the approach of most insurers in the market for individual and small-group policies; they make maternity-related coverage an expensive option if they offer it at all, meaning that the cost of the coverage is borne by the relatively small number of people who choose it. Congress has already decided to change that practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2011 |
Anh Van never intended to have children. So when she went to the doctor for what she believed was the flu, she was surprised to discover she was pregnant. Then she got another shock: Her private insurance didn't include maternity care. Van, who has insulin-dependent diabetes, called several companies but couldn't find anyone willing to cover her pregnancy. "Every insurance company we called basically denied us," said her husband, Brian Huh. "It was pretty appalling. " Although HMOs and employer-based insurance policies in California are required to include maternity care, individual policies are not. That leaves women who are self-employed or not covered at work with few options, including paying out of pocket for pregnancy and childbirth costs.
September 16, 2011 |
Bridget Moleboheng woke up at 5:45 a.m. in the hospital operating room. Gradually her senses returned. A splitting headache. An oxygen tube in her mouth and medical equipment attached to her body. But all of it was turned off. "A nurse came in and said it was a miracle I was still alive. " When Moleboheng arrived to give birth the day after Christmas last year, she says, the doctors and midwives at Sebokeng Hospital near Johannesburg told her she was behaving like an arrogant white "madam" by asking too many questions and refusing to have a caesarean section because they wouldn't let her read the consent form.
September 11, 2011 |
The city of Los Angeles estimates that cloth makes up about 10% of local landfills, either from discarded clothes or remnants from garment manufacturing. In addition, it takes a lot of chemicals to produce fabric. At the rate kids grow into and out of their clothes, parents might want to consider shopping at resale stores. Here is a guide to some local offerings. Blue Bird 652 Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 466-0408 This is one of the city's best upscale consignment shops for kids, with a large assortment of gently used and never-worn designer labels, including Burberry, Charlie Rocket, Deux Par Deux, Mini Boden, Ralph Lauren and Tea Collection.
June 25, 2011 |
A suicide car bomber killed at least 27 people at a hospital in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, many of them women and children in the maternity ward. The attack about 25 miles east of Kabul, the capital, was one of the deadliest in Afghanistan this year. Afghan authorities reported conflicting casualty numbers, ranging from 27 to 40 dead and 23 to 53 injured. Officials said more bodies were being recovered from the debris, and the death toll could rise significantly. The bombing occurred in the Azra district of the eastern province of Lowgar, Afghan authorities said.
June 12, 2011 |
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.