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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 7, 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

Eco baby shoes

Woolybubs are  biodegradable shoes that dissolve in boiling water. They are made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a water-soluble form of plastic, by a dad who left his job at Nike to focus on sustainability. They’re compostable too. Read more here.

This is important for you because hand me downs are great, but in terms of reducing waste these are even better.

Representation in the maternity ward

An ethnically diverse nursing staff reduces maternal complications and mortality for everyone. Read more here.

This is important for you because the rates of maternal mortality in this country, especially among women of color, is an absolute disgrace. Anything that helps should be implemented. 

Baby red panda

A baby red panda was born at the Toronto Zoo last month. It’s a boy! Read more here.

This is important for you because these bears are endangered, so breeding them in captivity is essential.

Period: The Real Story of Menstruation

As recent discussions among members of our government have made painfully clear, many people of all genders do not really understand menstruation. This book clears up the rampant disinformation. Read more here.

This is important for you because something half of the population undergoes every month should not be a taboo subject.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Artificial Egg Technology May Advance Fertility Treatment and Produce Children with Two Biological Fathers. 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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