Many of us have family members or friends who are smoking while pregnant. We worry about how the smoking may slow the baby’s growth and increase the risk of a preterm delivery or even a stillbirth. But we’re also worried about offending the mom. So we don’t say anything.
It’s hard for pregnant women to escape the message: You’re at extra risk from swine flu — it could trigger premature labor, hospitalize you for weeks, even kill you — so be among the first in line for vaccine next month. But only about one in seven pregnant women gets a flu shot each winter.
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, September 29, 2009
Because pregnant women infected with novel H1N1 influenza are more likely to experience severe illness and complications, the North Dakota Department of Health is urging pregnant women to take steps to avoid contracting the flu and to receive prompt treatment if they do become ill.
Legislation in the North Dakota House gives pregnant teenagers the right to get limited prenatal medical care without telling their parents.
The House has rejected similar proposals in the past four years. On Monday House members voted 64-27 to approve the bill. It now goes to the state Senate for more work.
April 07, 2009
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