Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 24, 2022. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

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Emu dads

Emus are special for reasons other than being in the NYT crossword puzzle all the time. For instance, these huge, flightless birds from Down Under have a somewhat unusual parenting arrangement: after the female lays the eggs, she’s done. Males are completely in charge of tending the nest and raising the young for the next couple of years. And about half of the time, the eggs in his nest aren’t even his! Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s true for about two percent of birds. Ok that’s not really important for you, but it is kind of interesting.


We still do not have federally mandated family leave in this country.  theSkimm’s #ShowUsYourLeave database contains more than 480 private companies and organizations who are willing to be transparent about their paid leave policies. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is an amazing resource for job hunting parents-to-be.

If you’re induced, are you more likely to have a C-section?

TL;DR: it seems like no. But obviously, it is much more complicated than that. Read more here.

This is important for you because this is only one consideration in your (and your doctor’s) decision as to whether or not to be induced or go into labor spontaneously. But if it’s your main concern you can rest easy.

Immaculate conception (in mice)

Usually, noting that a study took place in mice highlights its irrelevance; diabetes has been cured in mice many times over, but those findings don’t translate into humans. But this is the first time parthenogenesis has been achieved in mammals, so noting that it was in mice is actually a big deal. Parthenogenesis is the generation of offspring from eggs that have not been fertilized by sperm. Read more here.

This is important for you because the authors claim that “The success of parthenogenesis in mammals opens many opportunities in agriculture, research, and medicine.”

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Cardiomyopathy and Pregnancy, Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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