Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending July 10, 2022. 

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

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

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register

No neck floats

Don’t put anything around your baby’s neck to make her float. Read more here.

This is important for you because “The risks of using baby neck floats include death due to drowning and suffocation, strain, and injury,” according to the FDA.

Shafia Monroe

This innovative midwife has spent the past forty years or so working towards more equitable care by increasing Black mothers’ access to midwives (for home births) and doulas (for hospital births). The women who use the services she has long championed have lower rates of preterm birth and low birthweight infants. Read more here

This is important for you because Black mothers and babies are still 2-3 times more likely to die than their white counterparts in this country.


New York magazine’s online bimonthly newsletter about modern family life assesses momfluencers and their impact on contemporary homes. Read more here.

This is important for you because it could be entertaining–and maybe even useful.

Baby Aardvark

A baby aardvark was born at the San Diego Zoo last month, the first in over thirty-five years! And she is super cute.  Read more here.

This is important for you because this would be an amazing pic for any nursery wall.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Wernicke Encephalopathy Can Be a Pregnancy Complication. 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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