pregnancy http://michiganradio.org en Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-maternal-death-rate-triple-nations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In Detroit, the number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes is three times the national average.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:02:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18331 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's Michigan's drop in teen pregnancies means taxpayers pay less http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-drop-teen-pregnancies-means-taxpayers-pay-less <p>A new report claims teen pregnancies&nbsp;cost Michigan taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. That’s a despite a sharp decline in teen birth rates during the past two decades.</p><p>Bill Albert is with the ‘<a href="http://thenationalcampaign.org/data/landing">National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy</a>’, which produced the report.</p><p>Albert says the finding is based on their estimate of costs to public assistance programs, reduced earnings, criminal justice and lost tax revenues. But he says there is a bright side.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17464 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's drop in teen pregnancies means taxpayers pay less U of M study: Association found between risk of autism and induced labor http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-study-association-found-between-risk-autism-and-induced-labor <p>A new University of Michigan study finds an association between inducing or augmenting labor during childbirth and an increased risk of autism.</p><p></p><p>The study compared birth records of more than 600 thousand North Carolina children and their corresponding public school records. Researchers found a 35% increased risk of autism in boys whose mothers' labors were induced or augmented.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:50:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 13948 at http://michiganradio.org 'People would expect me to fail, to keep popping out more babies.' An essay by a former teen mom http://michiganradio.org/post/people-would-expect-me-fail-keep-popping-out-more-babies-essay-former-teen-mom <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/things-are-getting-better-michigans-kids-sort" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">latest Kids Count data&nbsp;</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">show that roughly 11,000 teens gave birth in Michi Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13246 at http://michiganradio.org 'People would expect me to fail, to keep popping out more babies.' An essay by a former teen mom Michigan high school bans baby bump photos from yearbook http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-high-school-bans-baby-bump-photos-yearbook <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Two teens were banned from showing their pregnant bellies in yearbook photos, <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130516/METRO/305160415/1026/schools/Michigan-school-district-won-t-let-pregnant-bellies-yearbook-pics">the Associated Press reported</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A Michigan school district has barred two pregnant students from showing their baby bumps in the high school yearbook — a decision made to keep with the state's abstinence-based approach to sex education, according to the superintendent.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Deonna Harris says she was pulled aside this week by a yearbook staff member and told her photo would have to be re-taken because the previous shot displayed Harris' pregnant belly.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 16:52:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12603 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan high school bans baby bump photos from yearbook New blood test can determine paternity before birth http://michiganradio.org/post/new-blood-test-can-determine-paternity-birth <p>Pregnant women in Michigan can now use a simple blood test to identify the father of their unborn child.<br><br>Three labs across the state now offer the noninvasive prenatal paternity test. The Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing sites are part of the ArcPoint Franchise Group.<br><br>With only a blood sample from the mother and a cheek swab from the potential father, paternity can be determined as early as five weeks after conception.</p><p>At that time, the pregnant woman's blood starts carrying fragments of the fetus' DNA.</p><p>The labs send the mother's blood samples and potential father's cheek swab to <a href="http://www.ravgen.com/index.php?page=prenatal-dna-paternity-test-2">a different lab</a> in Columbia, Md., where technicians compare genetic markers to determine paternity. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:39:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10228 at http://michiganradio.org New blood test can determine paternity before birth State lawmakers halt fetal tax exemption bills http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-halt-fetal-tax-exemption-bills <p>It appears legislation to allow people to claim a fetus as a dependent on their state taxes has stalled.</p><p>Plans to vote on the bills were scrapped, and they were removed from Monday’s state House Tax Policy Committee agenda.</p><p>Opponents of the measures called them a backhanded attack on access to abortions.</p><p>Committee Chairman Jud Gilbert said the issue has become too contentious.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:41:25 +0000 Jake Neher 10066 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers halt fetal tax exemption bills Michigan considers tax breaks for women with 12 week old fetuses http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-considers-tax-breaks-women-12-week-old-fetuses <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><p>Some Michigan legislators are working to give pregnant women a tax break for their fetuses.</p><p>The plan is to allow a woman to claim a 12-week-old fetus as a dependent on their state income tax return.</p><p>From House Bills <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28m1vzyjavjq055o55vfzbga55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectName=2012-HB-5684">5684 &amp; 5685</a>:</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:07:38 +0000 Mark Brush 10018 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan considers tax breaks for women with 12 week old fetuses