Stressed women may have reduced chance of becoming pregnant

Mental Health, Woman's Health
We've known for many years that stress and anxiety can affect a woman's pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Now, a new study is connecting stress and conception. USA Today reports that "a new study in the journal Fertility and Sterility lends credence to a link between stress and time to conception, and not just in couples dealing with infertility." The new "study involved 274 British women 18 to 40 years old" who "were followed for six menstrual cycles or until they got pregnant, whichever came first." The Time "Wellness" blog reported that the study found "no correlation between women's levels of cortisol, another more commonly measured stress hormone, and their chance of conception," however. But, "the researchers worry that, in a cruel twist, the inability to conceive may create a vicious…
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Women should try to conceive as early as possible after miscarriage

Parenting, Woman's Health
In the past, when I've had a family suffer a miscarriage, I've advised them to wait three to six months before trying to conceive again. There were a couple of reasons for this: (1) this gives the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) time to recover and refresh itself, and (2) this gives the family time to deal with the loss of their child emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. CNN recognizes this when it reports, "When women have a miscarriage, one of the first questions they often ask is how long they should wait before getting pregnant again." Now, research from Scotland may change the advice that I (and other doctors) give because it indicates that "the sooner they start trying, the better." In fact, those "who conceive within six months of a miscarriage…
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Amazing 4-D Footage of Unborn Baby

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
A two-hour National Geographic documentary 'In the Womb' is now available on YouTube in 9 parts. Originally aired in 2005, the documentary used revolutionary techniques in computer imaging and 4-D ultrasounds to present stunning images of the developing embryo, taking viewers through the amazing journey of the unborn baby from conception to birth. More Information: (more…)
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When does life begin?

A fertilized human egg at the moment of conception looks like a simple, single-celled blob no bigger than a pinhead. How can anyone actually consider this invaluable human life? More Information: (more…)
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What’s the most proficient killing machine in the United States? It’s not the military!

Bioethics, Marriage and Family Health, Medical Economics, Woman's Health
The most proficient killing machine in the U.S. is the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) – and according to their new annual report PPFA is committing more abortions than ever. Not only that, they bring in over $1 billion a year – a third from our tax dollars. "For decades now, Planned Parenthood has operated the most proficient killing machine in the United States," said Douglas R. Scott Jr., president of Life Decisions International (LDI) in a recent interview. "And for decades, the machine has killed more preborn children than the year before."   More Information: (more…)
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Whether You Use ‘Conception’ or ‘Fertilization,’ Human Life Has a Clear Beginning

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health
Life News is carrying an interesting debate about whether pro-lifers should use the word “conception” or “fertilization” to describe the beginning of human life. On one side of the debate is my friend, Jack Willke, M.D., the president of Life Issues Institute. Jack is long considered the father of the modern-day pro-life movement. (more…)
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Senator Obama: Do you really want to know when life begins?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
On the eve of the Pope Benedict the 16th's first visit to the U.S., today's health headlines contain the two very different views of two very prominent African-Americans about unborn children in their mother's wombs. In one story, Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Barrack Obama confided that he did not really understand the biological fact that human life begins at conception. Obama said, "This is something that I have not, I think, come to a firm resolution on." He went on to say, "I think it's very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs?" (more…)
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