The man who gave birth to confusion

Thomas Beatie

Thomas Beatie was seeking a divorce from his wife, Nancy, and a decision on the custody of their three children. But the problem was Thomas Beatie was born a woman - Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino - in Oahu, Hawaii. She underwent a few operations and testosterone hormone therapy to become a man.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 3:29am

Agency offers to beat 'zero birth' ban for mainland mums

Mainland agencies who help pregnant women from across the border to reserve maternity bed spaces in Hong Kong claim they will still be able to do so after the "zero-birth quota" comes into effect. Photo: Dickson Lee

Mainland agencies who help pregnant women from across the border to reserve maternity bed spaces in Hong Kong claim they will still be able to do so after the "zero-birth quota" comes into effect at midnight tonight, a South China Morning Post investigation has found.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:51pm

Too many women are still dying in childbirth

Every Mother Counts founder, Christy Turlington Burns (far right), visits village women in Bangladesh. Photo: CARE

After a harrowing 36 hours delivering her daughter, Michelle Thompson faced yet another complication. Her cervix tightened so much that she suffered a retained placenta. It was a potentially life-threatening development as the tissue, if left untreated, could have become infected and led to haemorrhage.

23 Dec 2012 - 12:25pm

China Digest, November 28, 2012

A couple's plan to have a "natural" pregnancy and birth at their home did not go as expected, as the woman was in labour for two days before the father-to-be decided he should call her a taxi to take her to hospital, the New Express newspaper reports.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:02am

Study finds sex does not bring on labour

A study shows that a spot of sex will do nothing to speed up a baby’s arrival, but neither will it cause any harm. Photo: Shutterstock Images

There is a widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labour, but that doesn’t appear to be so – at least according to a study from Malaysia.

22 Nov 2012 - 12:28pm

Xi Jinping put work first and missed birth of daughter

Xi's wife, Peng Liyuan, is a famous Chinese singer. Photo:SCMP

In the summer of 1992, as party chief of Fujian's provincial capital, Fuzhou, Xi Jinping missed the birth of his only child, daughter Xi Mingze, because he was called away to deal with the effects of a typhoon that struck the area.

24 Oct 2012 - 8:52am

Special delivery

The decision was easy for nature enthusiasts Ma Fung-yan and Fung Kin-hang. When the time came to deliver their first child, they opted for a home birth.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stay in the comfort zone

When British teacher Claire Nazer gave birth to her first child, Mila, a few years ago, she wanted to put off her hospital stay for as long as possible, and enlisted midwife Hulda Thorey's help to cope with a dash to Matilda International Hospital.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stand by me

Historically, women have been attended and supported by other women during labour. Yet in many places throughout the world, including Hong Kong - and because more women give birth in hospital than at home - continuous support during labour has become the exception rather than routine. Experts say this may contribute to the dehumanisation of women's birth experiences.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Risk reduction

Chances of a premature birth are heightened with mothers who conceive when they are older or use reproductive technology, says Dr Ellis Hon Kam-lun, a professor of paediatrics at Chinese University.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hospital agrees to probe suction delivery of baby

A baby boy may have been left brain-damaged after being delivered with a suction device and quickly developing a brain haemorrhage at Prince of Wales Hospital, the child's parents claimed yesterday.

After a meeting yesterday with doctors in charge of the case, the boy's father, Andy Ip Tat-ho, 30, urged the hospital to give a 'proper explanation' for his son's condition.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Requests for Caesarean denied in birth blunder

Parents of a baby born this month say doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital denied their repeated requests for a Caesarean section delivery after a long, difficult labour, which led to the newborn's oxygen supply being cut for more than 20 minutes.

The parents met hospital doctors yesterday about the January 2 birth, but were unhappy with the outcome.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK paramedics step up childbirth training

The city's 2,700 ambulance officers will be given extra training on delivering babies, as part of a plan to cope with the growing number of mainland women rushing to hospitals in Hong Kong at the last minute to give birth.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Baby has oxygen cut off during delivery

Parents are blaming doctors after an overweight baby born at Queen Elizabeth Hospital had his oxygen cut off briefly during delivery, leaving him in a serious condition in the intensive care unit.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Emergency births triple for mainland mothers

The number of emergency births in the city involving pregnant mainlanders who slipped through border checks almost tripled last year.

The growing number is adding to the burden on public hospitals, which are having to cope with fewer maternity professionals.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am