Midwives Are Often Safer Than Docs–Why Don't They Deliver More Babies?

This month, Britain's national health service advised women with low-risk pregnancies that it was safer to give birth under the supervision of midwives than doctors, as the latter are more likely to perform interventions like forceps deliveries and cesarean sections that carry risks of infection and surgical accidents. » 12/17/14 9:20am Yesterday 9:20am

Ghost Child: The Strange, Misunderstood World of Delusional Pregnancy

I. Ruby lost her virginity in July of this year, not long after she turned 28. Five days later, she knew, with deep certainty and not a little dread, that she was pregnant. Her nipples grew and darkened, she says; her abdomen tingled. The man she'd slept with refused to see her, and when he finally agreed to meet up,… » 12/10/14 1:12pm 12/10/14 1:12pm

How can a small piece of copper prevent you from getting pregnant?

Birth control comes in all shapes and sizes, from the incredibly high-tech to the ridiculously simple. So if you're worried about the long-term effects of taking hormones, or tired of taking a daily birth-control pill, there's always another method of birth control that's simple, cheap and effective: the Copper T. The… » 9/18/12 11:07am 9/18/12 11:07am

More evidence that a drink (or two) won't hurt your unborn baby

While going off on a tequila bender is decidedly not a good thing if you're carrying an unborn child, there's an increasing body of evidence that suggest low to moderate drinking might not be the worst thing imaginable for your baby. A cohort of five papers have just been published from Denmark, looking at maternal… » 6/22/12 9:40am 6/22/12 9:40am

10 Things To Keep In Mind On Your First Trip To Low Earth Orbit

The future of civilian space travel in low Earth orbit (or "LEO," for those in-the-know) is looking brighter by the day, but what will life be like when you're soaring hundreds of miles above Earth's surface? How will you eat, how will you sleep, and how will you go to the bathroom? We've got a preview of ten things… » 12/05/11 10:25am 12/05/11 10:25am

Japanese pregnancy simulator vest remains hilarious, disturbing

Remember the Mommy Tummy, Kanagawa University's terrifically odd jacket that allows a fellow to become a human seahorse? Its creators have been taking the device on the road, showcasing its ability to simulate the development of a full-term baby in two minutes. My favorite part of all this is the unusually dire sign… » 9/24/11 7:30am 9/24/11 7:30am

Woman Becomes Pregnant While Already Pregnant

A woman in Arkansas became pregnant with a male fetus while already two and a half weeks pregnant with a female fetus. Superfetation, while rare, occurs occasionally in humans when a woman ovulates more than once in a month, occasionally resulting in the release of an egg while the woman is already pregnant. [MSNBC » 9/25/09 4:30pm 9/25/09 4:30pm

Seven Dubious Methods of Avoiding Pregnancy in Science Fiction

In a universe stocked with sentient robots and faster than light travel, you'd hope that science would have mastered something as mundane as the human reproductive system, yet the fictive cosmos are littered with unplanned pregnancies, bastard children, and all manner of unpleasant critters bursting from one's… » 6/28/08 12:00pm 6/28/08 12:00pm