Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending June 20, 2021. 

More than 12,000 pregnant and recently pregnant women are already participating. Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register.

Free childcare when you get a COVID vaccine

If you have not yet gotten a COVID-19 vaccine because you have no one to watch your toddler, some organizations are offering free childcare when you get your shot and as you recover from it. Read more here.

This is important for you because obviously.

Security Mom

Juliette Kayyem is a mother of three and was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She just wrote this memoir exploring and explaining how those two identities merge. Read more here.

This is important for you because there is no job a mom can’t handle.

Body Stuff

Dr. Jen Gunter, the internet’s favorite OB/GYN and medical mythbuster, made a podcast with TED. Read more and listen here.

This is important for you because she is one of the few people online who you can trust to tell it like it is.

Dr. Smita Gopinath

Dr. Smita Gopinath was just named a Searle Scholar, winning a $30,000 grant for her groundbreaking studies of the microbiome-immune interactions in the vaginal mucosa. This is a place where the microbiome, immune cells, and pathogens all mix, so she is using it as a system to study how our immune systems determine whether to resist or tolerate infections. Read more here.

This is important for you because her lab’s ultimate goal is to “generate and test new ideas for vaccine and drug candidates to better protect people against infectious disease.”

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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