Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 27, 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








Pregistry acquired by CorEvitas

Very excited to share that Pregistry has been acquired by CorEvitas. Our focus will remain squarely on developing and executing next generation pregnancy registries and other pregnancy studies to provide all stakeholders with the information they need to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. We begin this next chapter with a tremendous amount of momentum due in large part to the strong team that has been built over the years. Please read the press release here.

The birth rate crisis

People across the developed world are increasingly opting not to have children, for a variety of reasons: people are marrying later, kids are expensive, parenting is hard, or they just don’t want to. Read more here.

This is important for you because go you, propagating the human race! Nice work!!

It matters who does IVF

Transferring an embryo from  a petri dish to a womb is a delicate procedure that must be done by hand. There are a number of steps the doctor can take to increase the chances that the embryo will implant properly. Read more here.

This is important for you because IVF can be a difficult process; anything that can increase its chances of success is welcome.

Baby bison

This baby wild bison–the first one born in the UK in millenia–is crazy cute. Read more here.

This is important for you because “all 9,000 bison now living in Europe are descended from just 12 zoo animals, which saved the species from extinction in the early 20th century.”

And baby seals

Seals, apparently, have an incredible innate sense of rhythm; infant seals can discern different rhythmic patterns without being trained to do so, whereas primates (like us) often need training. The scientists who tested the seals are hoping that their discovery will help shed light on the evolution of human speech. Read more here.

This is important for you because it will be interesting to see what these musical mammals will reveal about our own vocalizations.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Help! My Toddler is Refusing to Nap. 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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