Female Service Members Can Go to War but Can't Give Birth in a VA Hospital

For Amelia "Mali" Templeton, this doctor's visit is cause for both joy and fear. She is nearly into her second trimester of her second pregnancy, but this is the first time she has seen an obstetrician since an initial brief "yes, you're pregnant" confirmation of her home pregnancy test results. She has been desperately seeking prenatal care ever since.

"I didn't want to tell anybody until I'd heard a heartbeat," says Templeton. "I had some close friends that had gone through some pretty traumatic pregnancies over the past few years. So I wanted to wait until I had at least had my first appointment when a doctor would say, 'It looks good' before I even told my family."

Thankfully, everything checks out within normal parameters. Templeton's baby is viable and growing well. She's clear to tell her 85-year-old grandfather that he's got a new great-grandbaby on the way. She'll be bringing a brother or sister home for her nine-year-old daughter.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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