Did Irish Catholic law or malpractice kill Savita Halappanavar?

This is what is known. Savita Halappanavar was 31 years old and happy to be pregnant with her first child. Then, at 17 weeks, tragedy struck and she was “found to be miscarrying.” Her husband reports that she was in “severe pain” for three days at the hospital and a termination was requested. He says …

Ectopic pregnancies, exploding gifts from God at some Catholic hospitals

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus. It occurs in approximately 1% of conceptions. It typically grows in the fallopian tube, but rarely an ectopic pregnancy can grow in the ovary or cervix. A pregnancy has trophoblastic tissue, the purpose of which is to invade deep into the wall of …

A dispatch from Texas, the front line of the war against women

She knew she was supposed to be careful about getting pregnant, although truthfully she didn’t think it could happen because of her blood pressure and kidney problems. The nurses at the county clinic started her on the pill, but her blood pressure went all crazy. They asked her to come back on a Wednesday night …

The Duggar’s Russian roulette with prematurity

Michelle Duggar is pregnant again. Number 20. Perhaps ratings were slumping for their “reality” show? I use the term reality loosely, because a family with 19 children is not reality for anyone. While TLC likes to call themselves the ‘Family, Home, Style, Cooking network,” (you know, crock pots and crafts), TLC is really code for …

Preterm birth linked with increased death later in life: the study that breaks my heart:

It’s not enough that premature birth (a delivery before 37 weeks), which affects 12% of all American newborns, is the leading cause if infant death. It’s also not enough that premature delivery is the leading cause of disability among children. No, a new study has to come out telling us that adults who were born …

Persistent pain after a c-section: when is it nerve pain and what can you do?

Persistent pelvic and/or abdominal pain post c-section often poses a diagnostic and treatment dilemma, because most OB/GYNs know very little about pain and most pain doctors know very little about the pelvis. But that’s where I come in, being both board certified in OB/GYN and Pain Medicine. It is hard to know how many women have …

The GOP debate in Iowa reveals the candidates have no grasp of reproductive health

The debate in Iowa was an opportunity for the GOP hopefuls to showcase their stand against abortion, because there’s nothing better than a pissing match about reproductive health to rally the fundraisers and fill the war chest. Here are some quotes from the evening: Rick Santorum on why abortion should be illegal, even in the …

The effect of malpractice claims on c-sections. It’s worse than you think.

I got mail from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today. I get a lot of mail from them. Together we are responsible for much deforestation. For example, I would be happy NOT to get a print version of the Green Journal as they promptly go into a pile from whence they will never …

The hypocrisy of banning drop down cribs and not cigarettes

Here’s the bottom line. Smoking kills babies. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine in 2010 tells us just how lethal. This is an excellent study. The researchers looked at the US linked Birth/Infant Data Set, a record of all births in the US (they used the 2002 data set), excluding multiple …

Post baby sex: what to do when it hurts

It’s eight weeks since the baby was born. The condoms and water-based lube beckon from the nightstand, the baby is actually sleeping, and there is finally a glimmer of libido. The problem? That was the exact scenario last night, but when you tried having sex you had to stop because it hurt so much. Some …