Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week ending July 12, 2020. 

Were you tested for COVID-19 during Pregnancy or at birth?

If you were, complete Pregistry’s survey and help other women who are pregnant or contemplating becoming pregnant.

A collaboration of Pregistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Click here to Register.

Incubators and Mothers

Incubators should be tools to aid parents and babies who need them, not replacements for wombs (or, by extension, mothers). But many of the (male) doctors who designed incubators and implemented their use in the care of premature babies seem to have thought otherwise. Read more here.

This is important for you because like all technologies, this one can be viewed as a boon or a bane: either relieving women from the trials of gestation, or belittling their role by replacing it with a technological substitute.

Pampers Childbirth Education Series

Were your childbirth classes canceled because of the pandemic? Never fear; Pampers has you covered. (Sorry–couldn’t resist!) Access their childbirth preparation classes here.

This is important for you because information is power, and these classes can help you learn what to expect from labor and delivery.

Eggshells

Dinosaurs were proto-birds, so it was thought that they laid eggs with hard shells like contemporary birds do. But new fossils suggest that some dinosaurs may have laid soft-shelled eggs, like today’s reptiles. Read more here.

This is important for you because knowledge is always growing and evolving, and scientists are always making new discoveries that challenge and upend established assumptions and dogma.

Cheetah and cub

Just look at this gorgeous shot of a mother cheetah cuddling her cub, taken for National Geographic.

This is important for you because remember: nature doesn’t only have pathogens, it has beauty too.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Cholecystitis 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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