Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending November 1, 2020

Raising the bar

So…Brianna Hill had her baby in the middle of taking the bar exam in Illinois. She had a boy, and hopefully she passed the test. Read more here.

This is important for you because who says babies get in the way of doing what you want to do?!

Zikora: A Short Story

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie just wrote a short story about a single mother. Read more here.

This is important for you because everything she writes is amazing.


neoGuard measures four vital signs–pulse, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, and temperature–to monitor neonates in busy, resource-poor hospitals. Read more here.

This is important for you because more and more hospitals are going to meet that qualification, even in the developed world, because of COVID-19.

Epidurals do not cause autism

Despite all the hoopla to the contrary. A recent study noted, based on observation, that the children of women who got epidurals later got diagnosed with autism at a slightly higher rate than the children of women who didn’t. But the two groups of women also differed in a lot of other significant ways–ethnicity, income, pregnancy complications–so we cannot conclude that the epidurals  caused the increased rate of autism diagnosis (not necessarily of autism). Read more here.

This is important for you because Emily Oster is a badass, as usual, not only in analyzing data and pointing out its deficiencies, but in noting that this study very neatly plays into society’s notion that mothers must suffer in order to mother well.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was New Study May Lead to Better Probiotics for Bacterial Vaginosis in 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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