Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 22, 2023. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

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It’s tempting to write them off as the epitome of purely superficial, envy-generating commercialism, but momfluencers are actually savvy marketers who succeed because they are very, very good at what they do–finding a way to meaningfully connect with their target audiences. Read more here.

This is important for you because you don’t have to hate them, or yourself for being taken in. Just recognize that they’re just doing a job and decide on the role you want to let them play in your life.


Black babies are more likely to die in their first year of life than white ones in this country. Monica Jasper’s book draws some much needed attention to this mortifying and preventable tragedy. Read more here.

This is important for you because “racism, poverty, lack of access to health care, and other causes of death have been identified, but not yet adequately addressed.” 

Baby rhino

Black rhinos are critically endangered; the largest threat to them in the wild is poaching. But one was born recently at the Kansas City zoo. Read more here.

This is important for you because their gestation is sixteen months long!!

3D printed ultrasound

Ashton Johnson has a visual impairment. When her OB/GYN, Dr. Katie Sekpe, heard her husband try to describe the ultrasound images to her, the doctor was inspired to generate a 3D printed version that Ashton could feel. Read more here.

This is important for you because this is one of the first times this technology has been applied in this way.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Preparing Siblings of Any Age for Baby. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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