Texas, we're starting to earn our reputation. When we look at the recent headlines out of Texas that have made national news, it's pretty easy to see why folks outside the Lone Star state think that we all ride our horses to work. Our antics are becoming the punch line for national jokes, and real ... More >>
In 2013, some friends of ours shared with us the good news they'd be having their first child. They are excellent people, so we were very happy for them and the kid they'd soon welcome. I've been a dad nearly half my life now (yikes), but the only bit of wisdom I shared with them was to listen to ... More >>
A Centers for Disease Control report on pregnancy and abortion has some interesting and good news about both subjects. First, pregnancy rates, birth rates and abortion rates among teenagers are down, precipitously so for abortions. Indeed, the abortion rate among this cohort has dropped over-one h ... More >>
There is a lot of strange stuff out there for sale in the wide world of the internet, and the list of weird currently includes positive pregnancy tests from Craigslist right here in Houston. Yes, for a reasonable $20 to $25, you too can own your very own slightly used pee stick, presumably urinated ... More >>
Being Beyonce is apparently a tough gig to pull off. Not only is she a pop icon, she's also a faux-baby-bump-sporting member of the Illuminati who is buying Neverland Ranch. And that's just the Bey of the past year or so. Look back a bit further and you'll figure out that she's been pregnant once ... More >>
Rape is terrible. Raping an 11-year-old girl, almost daily, until she becomes pregnant -- and then playing with her already-rocked 11-year-old mind by saying you'll commit suicide because of her -- that takes a special kind of monster. And that's what court documents allege against Deandre Davis-Wi ... More >>
As we all know, pregnant women typically abstain from certain foods throughout their pregnancy -- specifically, foods which could harm a growing fetus. Many types of fish, for example, have high levels of mercury -- which can cause a liver infection in a pregnant woman -- while others foods, such as ... More >>
When Cindy Close gave birth to twins last July, she thought she had finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a mother. The 47-year-old had gone about it in an unconventional way, she says, by using a friend's sperm and anonymous donor's eggs, with the ultimate goal of co-parenting the kid(s) wit ... More >>
The narrow world view of the parent trap.
Lactation not related to giving birth.
Not connected to pregnancy.U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes is likely about to become the butt of Internet merriment with the news of a recent decision. He'll also be pissing off breast-feeding moms, and that is one group you do not want to cross, as many companies and entities have discovere ... More >>
Beyoncé's ever-changing baby bump.In the world of prominent celebrities, it's headlining news even if that famous person sneezes. So in when Houston's own Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 VMA's in August, the media and fans went into a frenzy of reactions. Some were elated, some ... More >>
Holier than thou, person stuck behind me in trafficState Senator Dan Patrick is proudly reporting that the Texas Senate has passed by a 21-10 vote his bill creating license plates that say "Choose Life," thereby, we guess, breaking off the crippling shackles of all those Texans who have been ... More >>
Less chance these days his mom's a teenagerSee what happens when you get rid of abstinence-only sex education? The birth rate for teen mothers is at its lowest point since 1940, when records were first kept, a federal study released today says. The report from the National Center for Healt ... More >>
Mother and Child grapples with adoption (but only adoption).
Photo courtesy HCSOAn expert on postpartum depression tells us Modarresi may not have known right from wrongMany observers believe that attorney George Parnham is planning an insanity defense for Narjes Modarresi, the 28-year-old mother accused of burying alive her two-year-old son Masih Golabba ... More >>
Photo by PinkMooseI never thought pregnancy could be so crazy.Apparently, I was wrong.Now calm down, gentle readers. The fates have not yet conspired to allow Miss Pop Rocks to breed (perhaps there's an overabundance of snark at the moment and the universe does not need anymore), but this thou ... More >>
When Houston psychic Kim O'Neill was in her late twenties, she was unhappily employed at an advertising agency. In a moment of despair, she shut her office door and cried out, "I need help! Someone help me!" That evening an angel appeared in her living room. "When he started to speak -- and by the w ... More >>
Photo by normanackIn a surprisingly civilized and advanced move for our great state, local Texas House Democrats Jessica Farrar and Garnet Coleman co-authored and introduced a bill that would make post-partum psychosis a possible legal defense in trials of women who kill their children. Under the te ... More >>
Department of Bad Timing, pick up line two: the Houston Chronicle's travel section Sunday featured a huge story on the fun to be had visiting a certain American city. There were three immediate problems: 1. The city was New Orleans 2. The headline was "Swamped With Fun" 3. The lede was "Every trav ... More >>
So this past week everyone was all in a tizzy about a bunch of high school girls in Massachusetts who apparently made a pact to get preggers together. Of course, this news disturbs me for a whole mess of reasons, not the least of which is that when I was in high school, the only pact my gal pals a ... More >>
Critics say contamination from the tie plant caused severe problems for these babies
Did you know J. Lo is pregnant? Because she totally is! Because in case you were wondering, will J. Lo ever get pregnant? You can totally stop wondering. Because she is! I know what you’re thinking. `Cuz it’s what I’m thinking. I’m thinking: Thank you, Jesus, for making J. Lo pregnant ... More >>
British novelist/essayist Nick Hornby will be in town Sunday to promote his latest novel Slam, a story about Sam, a teenager who gets his first girlfriend pregnant. Houston Press Assistant Night & Day Editor Dusti Rhodes talked to Hornby on the phone about the book (which she highly recommends for b ... More >>
For all I know, by the time this blog hits the computer screens, it will have been announced that Jennifer Lopez is, in fact, pregnant. And if she is, I know we as Americans will all take a moment and thank the good Lord above that we as a nation will continue on in greatness, secure in the knowled ... More >>
Karen Brody exposes the myths about the miracle of childbirth
The New York Times has a warmhearted story today entitled “Quebec and Vermont Towns Bond Over a Sleepy Border” that highlights the wonderful towns of Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec that butt up against each other on either side of the U.S.-Canada border. Accompanying the story is the ... More >>
The Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will uphold a law banning late-term abortions. It is clear that everyone has an opinion on the matter, especially women, because they have a right as well – to live. The law does not create an exception when the mother’s health is at risk.
Lisa Collins took the Paxil her doctor prescribed. There was supposed to be no problem with her continuing it during her pregnancy. Now, it seems, there was.
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A charming show from Stages -- with no Scrooge!
A teenage mom-to-be decides she doesn't want her babies after all
The same extreme measures that saved Sidney Miller at birth also severely disabled her 11 years ago. Texas courts are still trying to determine who should pay for it -- and could set a legal precedent in the process.
A state program was supposed to give moms a safe place to drop off unwanted newborns. Then why are so many babies still ending up in the trash?
Red flags go up around Russell Yates
An Asian mother loses her first asylum battle
She gave up her infant son to two strangers who became her friends. Now, more than two years later, she's still in his life, visiting regularly. In an open adoption, they're all doing their best for Ryan.
Unmarried and pregnant, she knew her options in a land obsessed with population control: Abort or become an outcast. Lijun looked for another way out.
Brentwood's protests have given way to a calmer acceptance of AIDS patients living there
Angela took a hit. And CPS took her babies away.
Baby Tug-of-war. They're common folk from Converse, locked in a legal battle to get their grandchild back from a Houston judge