Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 18, 2020

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The Spanish Princess

“The Spanish Princess,” about Catherine of Aragon, restarted on STARZ this past Sunday, October 11th. She was Henry VIII’s first wife; when she refused to have the marriage annulled, he created the Church of England to get out of it. And when England needed her in a war against Scotland, she led troops into battle…while six months pregnant.  Read more here.

This is important for you because pregnant women have always been fierce.

Sex Robots & Vegan Meat

In another new book about emerging technology and how it will impact reproduction, Jenny Kleeman starts off with sexbots but quickly gets to exploring artificial wombs. Yes, it’s as alarming as it sounds. Read more here.

This is important for you because sure, there are issues with sex and birth- but is technology the best way to solve all of them at this point?

A Letter to his Unborn Son

Writer, gardener, and foodie Caleb Johnson ruminates on family, heritage, identity, storytelling, climate change, terroir, and the wonder that is bread-and-butter in this hopeful and moving letter to his in utero son. Read it here.

This is important for you if you need a good cry.

Amy Coney Barrett Fails the Finkbeiner Test

Amy Coney Barrett has seven children–which is definitely amazing, really difficult, a remarkable accomplishment, etc. But it does not qualify her to become a Supreme Court Justice. Being an insightful legal scholar and empathetic and thoughtful judge would qualify her for that. Women’s domestic and family lives–like men’s–don’t really have bearing on their professional capacities. Ann Finkbeiner points out that such things are rarely mentioned in profiles of men’s careers, and thus they should not be mentioned in profiles of women’s careers either. Read more about Amy Coney Barrett’s family here and about the Finkbeiner test here.

This is important for you because being a mom is great. But you have other important things in your life too.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Braxton Hicks–Labor or False Alarm? 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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