11.21.2009

Midwives and Passports in South Texas

Back in the 1990’s  75 midwives in the South Texas area were convicted of filing false birth certificates claiming to have delivered babies in the United States that were actually born elsewhere-mostly in Mexico.  This was one way for babies to gain US citizenship without the mothers risking their lives to cross the border to gain citizenship for their babies. I know it was illegal, but if only women ran the world……

For those of you who don’t know this, it is pretty common practice for pregnant women to enter into the US to deliver their babies so they can gain US Citizenship. (I am looking for statistics on this and not having an easy time finding them.) It’s an issue of contention for people against illegal immigration.

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09.03.2009

H1N1 and Pregnancy. Get the shot?

The first priority group for the H1N1 flu vaccine will be pregnant women.  The outbreak in pregnant women is quite a bit higher than the general population and there have been a greater number of deaths in the pregnant population-all were in women who had developed pneumonia and subsequent acute respiratory distress syndrome requiring mechanical ventilation.

Pregnant women typically have weakened immune systems due to the pregnancy and have less lung capacity because the growing baby is taking up space.  These factors make them more vulnerable to pneumonia.  Pneumonia can lead to systemic infection and possibly death.  I don’t mean to be alarmist, but this is serious business.

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