Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Let's All Stop Embarrassing Texas Now, Please

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Three Little Birds: Songs for New Families and a New Year

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Pregnancy and Abortion: New Study Shows Some Encouraging Numbers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Craigslist: The Place To Get That Positive Pregnancy Test To 'Prove' You're Knocked Up

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    The Most Absurd Beyonce Headlines We've Seen Recently

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Deandre Davis-Williams: The Gruesome, Horrifying Details On How He Raped 11-Year-Old Daily Until She Got Pregnant (Semi-NSFW)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Attention Pregnant Women: You CAN Eat Sushi

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Cindy Close & Marvin McMurrey III: Here's One Weird-Ass Child Custody Case

    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 >>

  • Film

    May 17, 2012

    What to Expect When You're Expecting

    The narrow world view of the parent trap.

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Pregnancy Puzzler

    Lactation not related to giving birth.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Donnicia Venters: Lactation Not Related to Pregnancy, Houston Federal Judge Rules

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Five Musical MILFs Who Rocked Pregnancy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    "Choose Life": Bill to Put Your Religious and Political Views on Texas License Plates Passes Senate

    Holier than thou, person stuck behind me in traffic​State 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Teen Birth Rate Hits Lowest Point In 70 Years

    Less chance these days his mom's a teenager​See 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 >>

  • Film

    June 3, 2010

    Born Identity

    Mother and Child grapples with adoption (but only adoption).

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Narjes Modarresi, Accused Of Burying Her Two-Year-Old Son, Pins Hopes On Andrea Yates' Lawyer

    Photo courtesy HCSOAn expert on postpartum depression tells us Modarresi may not have known right from wrong​Many 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009
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    June 11, 2009

    Apparently, Crazy Shit Can Go Down When You're Pregnant

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Psychic: Your Unborn Baby Says To Put A Mini-Fan Near Your Testicles

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Post-Partum Depression As A Defense For Killing Your Child: Maybe Coming True In Texas?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009
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    October 13, 2008
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    September 2, 2008

    Department Of Bad Timing (And Bad News)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008
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    June 23, 2008

    Did You Know That The High School Pregnancy Pact Is All Juno’s Fault?

    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 >>

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Toxic Town: Birth Defects

    Critics say contamination from the tie plant caused severe problems for these babies

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Oh My God Oh My God Oh My God J. Lo IS Pregnant!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    Get Lit: Q&A with Nick Hornby

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Is Jennifer Lopez Pregnant? Is Jennifer Lopez Pregnant? Huh, huh, huh?

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    August 30, 2007

    Birth, The Play

    Karen Brody exposes the myths about the miracle of childbirth

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    August 22, 2007
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    July 25, 2007
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    July 18, 2007

    It’s All About Location

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2007
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    April 19, 2007

    Abort Mission

    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.

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Baby Blues

    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.

  • Culture

    June 22, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Culture

    December 29, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    Our reviewers weigh in on local theater

  • Culture

    December 22, 2005

    Baby Boom

    A charming show from Stages -- with no Scrooge!

  • News

    April 28, 2005

    Stomped Out

    A teenage mom-to-be decides she doesn't want her babies after all

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Child Support

    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.

  • News

    April 25, 2002

    Rock-A-Baby Bye-Bye

    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?

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Grieving in Public

    Red flags go up around Russell Yates

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    Chinese Puzzle

    An Asian mother loses her first asylum battle

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    Kristi's Gift

    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.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Deliverance from China

    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.

  • News

    December 30, 1999


    Brentwood's protests have given way to a calmer acceptance of AIDS patients living there

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Reefer Madness?

    Angela took a hit. And CPS took her babies away.

  • News

    November 4, 1999


    Baby Tug-of-war. They're common folk from Converse, locked in a legal battle to get their grandchild back from a Houston judge

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