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Gender X Now an Option on Birth Certificates in New York City

Gender X Now an Option on Birth Certificates in New York City

Starting January 1, 2019, New York City will update the gender label on a birth certificate to male, female, or X upon self-attestation by the applicant of their gender. The applicant will be able to do so without a doctor's note or medical assessment. Now parents can choose "X" for their children, and adults can select the marker for themselves as long as they attest the change is "not for any fraudulent purpose," the form states. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the measure into law on Tuesday, marking a breakthrough in a years-long struggle for advocates.

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C-Sections Can Be Scary?

C-Sections Can Be Scary?

The rates of maternal death in the United States are increasing, doctors are looking for ways to save mothers’ lives and reduce complications during childbirth. One way is to reduce the rates of Cesarean births. Many women are choosing c-sections over vaginal delivery for various reasons. In this new era, we want everything quick. Women have changed and their schedules are much busier than their ancestors. We are no longer just working mothers and wives we are entrepreneurs, CEOs, trailblazers and so much more. This has a huge impact on why c-sections have increased. Why can't we control when we want to have our babies and how? 

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Doctors Are Urged to Screen New Moms for Perinatal Depression

Doctors Are Urged to Screen New Moms for Perinatal Depression

Congratulations! You just found out you're going to be a mother. You are ecstatic, excited and scared all at the same time. It is a wonderful experience to become a new mother but unfortunately behind that joy can sometimes be pain. We are all familiar with the term depression but not so much perinatal depression. Perinatal depression is a combination of prenatal depression before the baby’s born, and postpartum depression after the baby’s born.

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Is It Better to be Slim and Pregnant?

Is It Better to be Slim and Pregnant?

 Have you been told by your doctor while pregnant that you are obese but, in your eyes, you look and feel good? First of all, I hate the word obese. It just makes me cringe as if your some kind of spectacle and doctors tend to use this word often to tell you in a nice way your fat. You call yourself curvy, thick or big boned especially if you're a woman of color. Yet as a pregnant woman, we have to take into consideration that what we eat may affect our pregnancy.  See most overweight women have no problem delivering healthy babies, however, obesity or being overweight by the doctor's standards during pregnancy puts women at risk for serious health problems such as preeclampsia, blood clots, gestational diabetes, blood pressure disorders, and heart attacks. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 33.4% of women 20 to 34 years of age are obese, and 58.4% are overweight. According to the Mayo clinic, obesity and diabetes are risk factors for heart attacks and disease in pregnant women.  I had no clue that a woman could have a heart attack while pregnant. We will leave that for another day. The quality of our food has changed significantly over the last 30 years. Many of us cannot afford to go to whole foods or buy organic. Sometimes it's cheaper to get a meal at Mcdonalds than to cook a nutritional meal with value. Have you noticed how cheap fast food has become these days? Its almost impossible to resist sometimes.

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Michelle Obama Talks About IVF and Miscarriage

Michelle Obama Talks About IVF and Miscarriage

Do you ever wonder what it feels like to not be able to have a child? We assume that this is a natural process of the womans body but many women find it difficult to conceive naturally every day. Some women have the ability to conceive but are unable to carry a baby to full term. Sadly, miscarriages are a very common occurrence. According to miscarriage statistics, sources vary but many estimate that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and some estimates are as high as 1 in 3. When you think of what the role of a woman is you tend to correlate it with homemaker, mother, wife, caregiver and child bearer.  Mind you these are all worthy titles to live up to but sometimes unattainable. In many cultures, if a woman cannot conceive she is looked down upon, shamed in her community and made to feel inferior, as if having a child is her only identity.

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Detect Breast Cancer, by Ultrasound or Mammogram?

Detect Breast Cancer, by Ultrasound or Mammogram?

If you have ever had a mammogram, it could be one of the most difficult examinations a woman will have to experience in her life.  In this day and era, it is crucial that women are tested for breast cancer. I know someone who has either had breast cancer or died from breast cancer. Regrettably, I didn't believe breast cancer would affect my life until my aunt passed away a few years ago.  She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and had undergone chemotherapy to combat the illness. I was under the impression if you contracted breast cancer early you had a better chance at survival, but my aunt was defeated by this horrible disease and our family was devastated. We were taken by surprise how quickly cancer had spread to other parts of her body. It was one of the worse days of my life.  I was forced to look at breast cancer in an entirely different way.

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How I Almost Died From Preeclampsia

How I Almost Died From Preeclampsia

 

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Friendly Airports for Mothers ACT

Friendly Airports for Mothers ACT

Traveling with your baby as a nursing mother just became a little bit easier. On Friday, October 5, 2018, the President Trump signed the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which included the (FAM ACT) Friendly Airports for Mothers Act introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Representative Stephen Knight (R-CA).

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3 Reasons Why NOT to Pump Near a Toilet

3 Reasons Why NOT to Pump Near a Toilet

Nursing rooms have been around for quite some time now. And companies like Moms Pump Here are working to create options for moms on the go who need to pump or nurse their babies. But we've seen our share of locations submitted to our locator that include a bathroom or toilet. We keep them listed so moms can rate and share their review of the locations. Do we agree with bathrooms as a place to pump. NOPE. So they are listed for your knowledge.

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LGBTQ Families Invest in Breast Milk & Breastfeeding

LGBTQ Families Invest in Breast Milk & Breastfeeding

Having a newborn is never easy, the joy of a new member of your team can easily be overwhelmed by the stress of making sure your little one is getting every advantage in his or her early years. This stress is amplified in parents who don’t subscribe to the traditional nuclear family; it’s important to remember however that even if your family structure is more “modern”, there’s nothing “traditional” about proper nutrition. When I was still in the hospital setting, I saw first-hand the plight of parents who did not have access to breast milk, it directly lead to the creation of BBy.

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