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Moms in labor can bar dads from birth room, N.J. judge rules

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey this week became the first U.S. state to allow pregnant women to bar the fathers of their children from the delivery room while giving birth, under a court ruling. Mothers-to-be are also not obligated to inform fathers they have gone into labor, according to a decision published Monday by Passaic County Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed.

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.

34 pct of Korean women opt for cesarean: report

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- About a third of pregnant women in the country chose to have a cesarean section over natural childbirth, a poll showed Sunday. The survey of 951 married women aged between 15 and 44 by the state-run Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs showed that 34.3 percent underwent C-section, while the remaining 65.7 percent chose natural childbirth as the delivery method. C-section was more common among older women and among first-time mothers, the poll found.

Baby births rise for 3 straight years in 2012: data

SEJONG, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) -- The number of babies born in South Korea increased for the third straight year in 2012 amid the government's continued efforts to raise the country's chronically low birth rate, data showed Monday. According to the data by Statistics Korea, a total of 484,600 babies was born last year, up 13,300, or 2.8 percent, from a year earlier. This marked three straight years that childbirths have increased on a year-on-year basis.

California targets Chinese 'maternity tourism'

Six pregnant Asian-looking women cross the road. Two others cross in the opposite direction. In a nearby store, about 10 compare baby clothing. Something is happening in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Nearby, a string of so-called "maternity hotels," where Asian women -- often Chinese and Taiwanese -- come to give birth to babies who will automatically acquire a US passport -- has recently drawn the attention of authorities.
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