During the pandemic, pregnant women were twice as likely to experience depression than were pregnant women before the pandemic.²
Good news Mama! COVID-19 cases and deaths have been declining for the last year. So, the World Health Organization recently downgraded the COVID-19 pandemic from a global health emergency to a health “threat.”
Have you ever thought of what kind of childbirth you’d like to have? In one study about childbirth choices, almost half of women say they know what kind of childbirth they want before pregnancy.² Often these choices are influenced by friends and family, social conditioning, and exposure to birth information online, on TV or in movies. Some of these Mamas have thought about their preferred birth place, types of childbirth providers, pain control methods, and medical interventions commonly used in birth practices. You may have had thoughts about this too or imagined the type of childbirth you’d like to have.
COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy reduces the risk of pregnancy complications if infected with the COVID virus.²
The last two years have been a scary time for women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or newly postpartum. The novel Coronavirus is new to the medical landscape. Society, including medical providers, have been navigating month by month what it means to live, prevent and be sick with COVID-19. For many women, the stakes are high as they consider the risks of contracting COVID-19 during pregnancy.
In the United States, approximately 32,000 pregnancies result from rape each year.²
How Does Sexual Violence Against Women Happen?
Long ago, it was thought that a woman couldn’t get pregnant unless she had consented to sex. This myth was perpetuated for centuries and used to subjugate women and prevent them from speaking out against their abusers. Thanks to advancing social theory and medical science, we now know better. Yet, sexual violence against women continues, taking many forms of sexual assault to rape. In the United States, an astonishing 32,000 pregnancies result from rape each year² and the frequency is similiar across all racial and ethnic groups.¹