Abortion bans skirt a medical reality: For many teens, childbirth is a dangerous undertaking

BY: - October 18, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Maryanna’s eyes widened as the waitress delivered dessert, a plate-sized chocolate chip cookie topped with hot fudge and ice cream. Sitting in a booth at a Cheddar’s in Little Rock, Maryanna, 16, wasn’t sure of the last time she’d been to a sit-down restaurant. With two children — a daughter she […]

CDC study: Getting vaxxed while pregnant protects baby from COVID-19

BY: - February 22, 2022

Updated, 8:50 p.m., 2/22/22, with comment from DHHS New research has found that pregnant people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are sharing those antibodies with their unborn child, potentially protecting the baby from contracting the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since COVID-19 vaccines have not yet been approved for […]

Rural midwives fill gap as hospitals cut childbirth services

BY: - January 3, 2022

For the past year or so, Toni Hill, a midwife in the lowlands of northern Mississippi, has received an influx of calls from women across the state who live in areas with no hospitals and only a smattering of health care providers. As COVID-19 rates increased, some pregnant women did not feel safe receiving care […]

Pregnant people in prison have been shackled while giving birth. Whitmer plans to change that.

BY: - October 20, 2021

When Siwatu-Salama Ra received the news yesterday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a policy directive meant to overhaul the way pregnant people in prison are treated, she was in the hospital watching her 3-year-old son struggle to breathe. “He’s being so strong in the hospital now, and I remember him as a baby who, at […]

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

BY: - October 13, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Kurt Thigpen clenched his hands around the edge of the table because if he couldn’t feel the sharp edges digging into his palms, he would have to think about how hard his […]

CDC strongly advises pregnant people to get a COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 30, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a health advisory Wednesday recommending urgent action: People should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, before or during pregnancy. That includes those already pregnant, trying to get pregnant and who might want to get pregnant, as well as recently pregnant people, including those lactating. […]


Column: Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories

BY: - May 13, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]

Reforms needed for pregnant people in prison, advocates say

BY: - March 3, 2021

When Siwatu-Salama Ra thinks of the future, she thinks of hope.  She thinks of sweeping, systemic change. Ra, a racial justice and environmental activist from Detroit, thinks of no one having to go through what she did: being sentenced to two years in prison when she was six months pregnant and delivering a baby in […]

New bills ban shackling pregnant people in prison

BY: - March 13, 2020

Updated, 6:52 a.m., 3/17/20, with comments from the Department of Corrrections Under newly introduced legislation, an employee of a correctional facility would not be permitted to restrain an incarcerated individual who is pregnant or is in postpartum unless a prison administrator and the treating medical care provider deems it “reasonably necessary” and safe.  State Sen. […]


Column: How I learned to accept the unexpected in pregnancy

BY: - February 28, 2020

In about one month, I will give birth for the first time. I’m at the stage of pregnancy when getting in and out of my car feels celebratory. Sometimes I have heartburn. Occasionally, my feet and ankles swell. Mostly though, I feel excited to meet my baby, someone who for months has felt real only […]

New marijuana safety warnings signed into law

BY: - February 19, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed two bills into law Wednesday that would regulate safety warnings for marijuana products for pregnant women and minors.  Together, House Bills 4126 and 4127 — sponsored by state Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) and state Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City), respectively — require the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) and the Licensing […]

Anti-abortion group with troubled history earns Whitmer veto

BY: - October 8, 2019

Updated, 8:14 a.m. 10/8/19 Among Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s list of line item vetoes for the Fiscal Year 2020 state budget was $700,000 for a controversial Pennsylvania-based state contractor that operates anti-abortion programs in Michigan. In January, the Advance first reported that the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint against Harrisburg, Pa.-based […]