Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending October 31, 2021. 

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!

Click here to Register.

Birth in the end times

Pandemic + wildfires does not make for an optimal pregnancy and childbirth experience. Or any other kind of experience, really. Read this tear jerking, One Great Story here.

This is important for you because perspective helps.

Diaper need and diaper banks

There were millions of people who couldn’t afford diapers even before the pandemic hit. Now, there are millions more. Grass roots diaper banks can only help so much, and no federal programs cover diapers. Read more here.

This is important for you because to find a diaper bank near you, or learn how to start one, visit the National Diaper Bank Network site.

Home births with a trained midwife can be as safe as those in a birthing center

A retrospective study looking at all midwife-assisted births in Washington state between January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020 found that those planned to be at home were as safe as those planned to be in a birthing center. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you have a licensed midwife tending to you and you agree that a home birth might be a good choice, this data supports you.

We’re still the only rich country without federally mandated paid family leave

Thanks to Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia—he who killed the clean energy plan—mothers in the US who need money (ie, all of them) are screwed. They still have to quit their jobs after giving birth or go back to work before they can fully recover, or rely on someone else to make money for them. This is especially nefarious in a country that seems to be on track to making it difficult to prevent pregnancies, and to forcing women to maintain pregnancies they don’t want. Read more here.

This is important for you because it ensures, and prolongs a system in which “Women work for free so that men can work for money, in a capitalist society in which money is necessary for safety, independence, and power.”

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Reasons to Switch to Reusable Diapers. 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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