Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending July 1, 2018. 

Prime Minister Mom

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, had a baby girl last week. She is the second elected sitting head of government to give birth – after Benazir Bhutto, the Late Prime Minister of Pakistan, who had her daughter in 1990. She’s taking six weeks of leave and then – back to work. Read more here.

This is important for you because combining a high-powered career with motherhood is clearly doable.

When You Believe in Things You Don’t Understand

Many cultures have superstitions regarding pregnancy and childbirth; when those superstitions encourage privacy, modesty, and circumspection, they can clash with the social media moment we currently inhabit. Read more here.

This is important for you because what superstitions does your culture hold? Do you abide by them? Are they compatible with modernity?

Snarky Baby Gifts

Have a baby registry? Once the toys and clothes are dealt with, you might want something a little more… irreverent. Read more here.

This is important for you because when you have a newborn you definitely need a sense of humor – and these can help.

California Senate Bill 937 

Federal Law mandates that workplaces provide lactating women with a private space that is not a bathroom. But a bill wending its way through the California legislature would extend that, requiring employers to provide lactating women with a private, permanent, dedicated room with a lock, outlet, and running water. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are a nursing mom working in California – you may soon get to pump in peace.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills: Why Not? The piece explains why birth control pills still require a prescription in this country when they are available over-the-counter elsewhere. 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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