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Woman In Labor Calls Radio Station To Find Husband

Everybody who has ever had a child has a story about the day the kid was born. Some are better than others, of course. But this story might be the best I've heard yet. A very pregnant Kerry Colber of Portland, OR, started having contractions on...

More New York Moms Choosing to Birth at Home

Wow. Here's a loaded topic! Want to have your baby at home? Home birth is a process that has been eschewed--well, OK, to use the word from a recent New York Times article on the subject, "condemned"--by the American College of Obstetricians and...

Women fight to take back natural childbirth

Is natural childbirth going the way of the dinosaur? Ask many new moms and a lot of doctors and midwives, and you may be surprised to find the answer is yes. Between increasing costs at hospitals, liability and the demand by insurance companies...

A-Rod not so tough after all

We've all seen the movie version of the nervous dad-to-be sweating bullets and passing out in the delivery room while his long-suffering wife stoically endures the pain of childbirth. The next scene usually involves poor mom left to fend for herself...

Are superbugs a bunch of hype?

My Dad shuffled down from his second-floor ward last week, aching to see his grandson. He'd been in the hospital three days, and pictures and Nolan stories weren't enough. My Mom, who works in the health field, didn't think it would be a wise idea to...

Twins re-united 21 years after hospital mix-up

I remember, especially during my rebellious teenage years, that my ex-hippie aunt and uncle used to say I should've been their son. And something tells me that's not uncommon -- if you're the odd one out in your family, chances are people like to...

How much do you tell your kids?

Wednesday night, I broke our family rule -- I caused us to exceed one visit to the emergency room per year. This was, in fact, our third so far this year. I was in the kitchen when the floor suddenly dropped about two feet. I gasped, thinking it was...

Ghost stories send 11 kids to hospital

I don't watch horror films. Back when it first showed up on cable TV, Rachel saw The Sixth Sense and told me I should watch it -- "it's not scary," she said. So I watched it. I made it less than half way through before I had to turn it off. I am very...

Who has rights over a child's treatment?

I read this story about a very sick little girl with a growing lump in my throat. Like most parents, I can imagine nothing worse in life than watching my child suffer. 8-year old Leah Beth Richards has a very rare form of cancer. For the last...

Parents sue for hospital baby mix-up 28 years later

I remember seeing a made for TV movie years ago about two babies that were "switched at birth." While I don't remember all the details of the movie (I think one of the babies died later on) I couldn't help but wonder what I would do if that happened...

U.S. army hospital prepares for births after war leave

In Clarksville, Tennessee, the Fort Campbell army hospital expects there to be about 250 births a day in June and also nine months from now, considering the fact that soldiers are returning from Iraq. Right now, the number of births is about a dozen...

Cable thieves jeopardize babies lives

Thieves looking to make a quick buck from hospital copper cabling endangered the most innocent of victims: newborn babies. Thievery is always heinous, but when the stealing involves life-or-death situations, it's even worse. Thieves who stole...

Cell phones and labor, the combo makes for good text messages

I had no idea that cell phones were allowed in hospitals, but yesterday I was proven wrong. One of my dearest friends went into labor on Tuesday night and was in the hospital by Wednesday morning. At age 38 she was in labor, four states away in...

Truth in pregnancy

I am hardly a spring chicken, but I'm the first one out my close group of friends to have a baby. When I was pregnant with Nolan, only one of my friends had birthed her first baby - and she lived in another province. I saw her when I was about 6...

Value of medical spending in the United States, 1960-2000

An article in this week's New England Journal of Medicine reported that it is. The authors estimated life expectancy in 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000 for four age groups. To control for the influence of non medical factors on survival, they...

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