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Nepal's young women endure painful 'fallen womb' syndrome

Sita Pariyar had barely recovered from childbirth when her uterus slipped out of her body, making her one of hundreds of thousands of Nepalese women struck by a debilitating reproductive condition. Sleep-deprived and unsteady on her feet, Pariyar was carrying firewood home to her village in the hilly district of Dhading on the outskirts of Nepal's capital Kathmandu when she felt her uterus collapse. "It was painful and terrifying. I had no idea what was happening," the 25-year-old mother of four told AFP.

Four women with transplanted wombs receive embryos

Four Swedish women with transplanted uteruses have received test-tube embryos in a cutting-edge bid to fall pregnant, Swedish researchers said Monday. "I cannot verify if any of them are pregnant or not," Mats Braennstroem, head of the research team at Sweden's Gothenburg University, told AFP. "We will wait until late pregnancy to release any data on that." The embryos -- produced by in-vitro fertilisation -- were transferred into the transplanted wombs during the past month.

Newfoundland minister to unveil midwifery regulations

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government plans to release a report today on regulating the province's midwives. The move comes almost four years after the province introduced legislation — but it was never made law. Health Minister Susan Sullivan says the regulations will be part of the Health Professions Act. Newfoundland and Labrador is one of only three regions in the country without regulated midwives. (VOCM)

Epidurals may make labor longer than originally thought: study

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While a shot to relieve labor pains is known to increase the time it takes for women to deliver babies, a new study says the increase may be longer than originally thought. Researchers found some women who received epidural anesthesia during labor took more than two hours longer to deliver their child, compared to women who didn't get the pain reliever.

Brain-dead Canadian woman kept on life support to save fetus

By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A 32-year-old Canadian woman who has been declared brain dead is being kept on life support in a Victoria, British Columbia hospital, with doctors working to keep her alive long enough to deliver her unborn son. Robyn Benson was just 22 weeks pregnant when she complained of a headache and then collapsed on her bathroom floor, according to postings on a blog and fundraising site by her husband Dylan Benson. Her fetus, already named Iver Cohen Benson, has continued to grow in the womb.

Brain-dead Canadian woman kept on life support to save fetus

By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A 32-year-old Canadian woman who has been declared brain dead is being kept on life support in a Victoria, British Columbia hospital, with doctors working to keep her alive long enough to deliver her unborn son. Robyn Benson was just 22 weeks pregnant when she complained of a headache and then collapsed on her bathroom floor, according to postings on a blog and fundraising site by her husband Dylan Benson. Her fetus, already named Iver Cohen Benson, has continued to grow in the womb.

Texas hospital ends life support for brain-dead pregnant woman

By Jana J. Pruet FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas hospital removed a brain-dead pregnant woman from life support on Sunday in line with a court order, ending a battle with her husband who argued the fetus she had been forced to carry was withering inside her lifeless body, the family's lawyers said.

Military steps up child care measures for female soldiers

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) --The South Korean military will expand child care measures for female soldiers to make the armed forces more family friendly and help them stay in work after giving birth, the defense ministry said Wednesday. The defense ministry will assign obstetricians for front-line troops and allow pregnant soldiers in isolated regions two prenatal leaves per month after they are 29 weeks, or seven months, into pregnancy.

Woman to give birth to own granddaughter in US

A 58-year-old Utah woman is expecting a baby she is carrying for her daughter, with plans to give birth to her own granddaughter, reports said Friday. Julia Navarro, a Peruvian who lives in the western US state, agreed to be implanted with one of her daughter Lorena McKinnon's fertilized eggs after the 32-year-old had a string of miscarriages. "As a family, we have to help each other," Navarro, who is expecting to give birth the baby in early February, told The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper.

Petition launched to take pregnant Texas woman off ventilator

Abortion rights activists launched a petition Wednesday to take a pregnant American woman declared brain dead off life support in Texas, as requested by her family. The body of Marlise Munoz, 33, has been maintained with technology for more than a month because of her pregnancy. She had collapsed at her home in late November due to a possible pulmonary embolism as she got up to take care of her first-born son who is now 15 months old.
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