Costs forcing some hospitals to stop delivering babies
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Last month's closing of the obstetrics unit at the Marshalltown hospital was only the most recent in Iowa's rural communities, which has forced some expectant mothers to...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An immigrant rights group is opposing a bill in Tennessee that aims to require mothers to prove U.S. citizenship to receive government prenatal care and women, infants and...
Gov. Baker opposes changes to family planning program
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday criticized a proposed rule that he says would make major changes to the federal family planning program known as Title X, including creating barriers to a woman's ability to obtain an abortion.
The proposed rule would ban clinics from sharing physical space and financial resources with abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some researchers worry about the increasing Hispanic infant mortality rate in Kansas as the trend moves in the opposite direction for babies overall in the state.
Anti-abortion group gets OK to open near possible clinic
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A city council in northern Indiana has voted to allow an anti-abortion prenatal care group to open a new location next to a proposed abortion clinic.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A city council in northern Indiana has postponed a vote on whether an anti-abortion prenatal care group can open a new location next to a proposed abortion clinic.
The South Bend Common Council voted Monday to table the issue until April 23.
The Women's Care Center gives pregnant women a variety of prenatal care, including counseling against abortions. The nonprofit asked the council to rezone a house it hopes to purchase.
Stratford lawmaker seeks health care access for pregnant women
HARTFORD — A Stratford state senator is again attempting to gain health insurance coverage for uninsured women who become pregnant.
State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, on Tuesday announced he will reintroduce a bill blocked last year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that allows uninsured pregnant women to enroll in health insurance and gain prenatal care.
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In South Carolina, pregnant women are increasingly giving birth without prenatal care
More than 860 pregnant women gave birth in South Carolina last year having received no prenatal care — the highest number in more than 20 years, new health department data show.
By comparison, in 2013 the number of women receiving no prenatal care was much lower: 579.
Federal study cites measures to address newborn addictions
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new federal study recommends educating both health care providers and pregnant women on screening and prenatal care to address drug addiction and withdrawal in newborns.
West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito say it's the first federal study on neonatal abstinence syndrome to examine the best practices and approaches to treating infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Health in Washington, D.C., has ordered a hospital to stop delivering babies and offering prenatal care for the next 90 days.
House GOP health bill would cut women’s services
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women seeking abortions and some basic health services, including prenatal care, contraception and cancer screenings, would face restrictions and struggle to pay for some of that medical care under the House Republicans' proposed bill.
Health department urges syphilis testing for pregnant women
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state health department is urging pregnant women to get tested for syphilis after a spike in the number of babies born with the disease.
The Alabama Department of Public Health issued the precaution after at least 10 infants were born with the severe illness. That compares with three cases each in 2014 and 2015.
Puerto Rico: 1st baby born with microcephaly due to Zika
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico on Friday reported its first case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of a Zika infection, raising concerns because officials said the medical condition wasn't identified until the mother was nearly eight months pregnant.
The baby was born in the past two weeks with severe brain defects as well as hearing and vision problems and remains hospitalized, according to Health Secretary Ana Rius.