Category archive: pregnancy

September 6, 2004

Fetopia, home of Cletus the Fetus

I can't believe I haven't posted this before. Fetopia is not only the home of the original Cletus the Fetus, but of a small, small world of feti, all handmade from sculpey clay and ready for...well, I bought about twenty...
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July 26, 2004

So you think your boys can swim?

adrants and TMFTML] Reality TV giant Endemol (who produces Big Brother, maybe you've heard of it?) has apparently conceived [*cough*] its latest program idea in the pregnancy aisle at Barnes & Noble. London's Telegraph reports that the show--provisionally titled 'Make...
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July 24, 2004

AU: A call for dads-only childbirth classes?

A recent survey funded by the Australian government found that men were put off, confused, and intimidated by most parenting and childbirth information because it was targeted so clearly at women. One suggestion that came out of the questioning: men-only...
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Why stop at just one Fetus? Buy some more!

If you don't get to this ebay auction for 50 2"-long injection molded plastic fetuses before bidding ends, don't worry. On the web, there's no shortage of fetus simulacra for sale. Your first stop should be fetopia, where you can...
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July 8, 2004

Micro-preemie Resources?

Kids born at the extreme edge of viability--24-26 weeks, or at a little more than 1 lb birthweight--are called "micro-preemies." Personally, I prefer "extreemies," or "X-treemies," which sounds tougher, and tough is what these kids have to be. They basically...
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June 21, 2004

Advances in Pre-natal Screening Make for Difficult Choices

The Times' Amy Harmon takes a long, involved look at the new, difficult choices that parents-to-be sometimes face because of prenatal tests like the triple screen. Earlier, more accurate fetal testing can spot potential birth defects and disabilities sooner, giving...
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Beta Male: Wimping Out of The Delivery Room

So maybe everybody's not comparing epistiotomy stories during the NBA playoffs. In Sunday's NYT, Rick Marin tries to lead a rallying cry for dads-to-be who, when it comes to actual birth, would rather wait this one out, thanks, in the...
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June 12, 2004

California: Jurisdiction of Choice for Surrogacy

As California goes, so goes the rest of the country. Right now, the California court system's advanced case law makes the state the "epicenter of the 'surrogacy industry,'" according to the NY Times. The issues being grappled with in family...
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June 9, 2004

Unruly Ob/Gyn and the Economics of Midwives

Blogger and dad-to-be Eric Snowdeal's wife recently went for her second visit to her Ob/Gyn. When she informed her doctor that they were planning on having a home birth with a midwife, the doctor got angry and dumped her. Snowdeal...
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April 15, 2004

Prenatal Baby Pictures

In the last month or two of pregnancy, a baby's pretty much taken shape. If you get an ultrasound, it doesn't look like as much like an alien as it did at the 20 week mark (when they usually do...
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March 24, 2004

DaddyTypes Posterdad, Kevin Smith

The NY Times' BOLDFACE NAMES hit on director Kevin Smith at a junket for his new movie, Jersey Girl. Ever the gentleman, Smith rebuffed the reporter's advances, confessing he left his heart--in New Jersey:He and his wife, JENNIFER SCHWALBACH, were...
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March 3, 2004

Fetus Envy

David Skinner, an irreverent editor at The Weekly Standard, is not pleased with the impossibly false empathy preached by modern "we're pregnant" advice books for fathers-to-be. In a Feb. 2003 essay, he compares the 1958 Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. classic,...
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February 18, 2004

"imagine you're in the forest with a thousand midwives"

... or better yet, don't. We looked for a good yoga video for the wife to use during her pregnancy, something that was robust, but not too strenuous, and that'd easily clear her slight skeptical hurdle over western yoga culture....
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