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Prenatal Testing

Autism: Who's the Culprit? Mother Nature or Mother Nurture?

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

April -- which annually serves as Autism Awareness Month -- brought showers of awareness on the condition and with it tremendous debate. Having comp...

For Healthy Births and Happy Birthdays, Get Covered and Trust Women

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

If I didn't have the experience as an attorney and the confidence of an advocate, my path -- our daughter's path -- might well have been different.

Katherine Bindley

New Prenatal Tests Spark Debate Over Counseling For Expectant Moms

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.22.2013 | Parents

Devan Weathers was pulling into her office parking lot from a lunch break when she got the phone call from her doctor. She was 20 weeks pregnant wi...

I Found the 'Holy Grail' of Prenatal Testing

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

The real draw of NIPT is its potential as an alternative to invasive testing, a way to replace a needle in the belly with one in the arm, to get information without putting pregnancies in harm's way. The draw of NIPT is that it is non-invasive. That's what makes it exciting.

New Testing for Down Syndrome: The Establishment Pushes Back

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

My hunch is that obstetricians on the front lines -- the ones who counsel pregnant women every day about their testing options -- will realize that the new tests are just plain better. Patients of all ages -- who can inform themselves more easily than ever before -- will demand them too.

You're Pregnant: How Do You Decide About Prenatal Testing?

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

"It's noninvasive," my doctor said. "It just offers you some information about your baby." I was pregnant for the first time, and we were discussing prenatal testing. A simple noninvasive blood test sounded good to me, so I stuck out my arm. I didn't think about the test again.

How Genetic Testing Can Lead To Devastating Mistakes

Posted 05.23.2013 | OWN

DNA research has led to cutting-edge breakthroughs in how we detect cancer risk. But when doctors can't keep up with the science, the results can ...

Prenatal Testing: It's Just Information, Not Answers -- or a Guarantee

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The pace of genetic research is stunning and exciting. But there is more to life and health than genetics.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Is This the Brave New World We Want?

Alexandra Minna Stern | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Alexandra Minna Stern

If NIPT becomes part of routine prenatal care, it poses real challenges for genetic counselors, whose professional charge is to communicate genetic information to a wide range of clients in a manner that respects reproductive autonomy and the rights of people with disabilities.

Gene-Screening Advance Promises Convenience But Raises Ethical Concerns

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

By Kai Kupferschmidt What if you could read much of your child's medical future while it was still in the womb? Taking a major step toward that goa...

Katy Hall

9 Lies Republicans Tell About Women's Bodies

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) apologized Tuesday to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) for accusing her of lying about the gender breakdown of a contracept...

Why Do Some See My Daughter's Life As 'Wrongful'?

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

We live in a culture where disability is celebrated as a mark of human diversity (think of Becky on Glee) and even, in some cases, genius (think of Stephen Hawking). We also live in a culture where disability is viewed as an obstacle to be overcome through prenatal testing.

Rick Santorum Has Got His Hand Up My Dress

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Monique Ruffin

We are a pro-choice family, and we made the best choice for ourselves under the circumstances. Every family facing this type of pregnancy deserves the right to do what is best for them, without government policy limiting the ability to knowledgeably ascertain what that is.

Santorum Makes Surprising Campaign Issue

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — First birth control, now prenatal testing? Once again a fact of life for many American women has become a jarring issue in the pres...

Santorum Takes On Prenatal Testing, Public Schools, Contraception

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON and KASIE HUNT | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Philosophical differences between the top two Republican presidential candidates are becoming starker as Rick Santorum drives ha...

Do Kids Cause Divorce?

Vicki Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

If you're divorced, you know all too well about the numerous studies of how divorce impacts kids; what we rarely hear about is how children impact th...