Women's control of their own wombs the first step to health

Melinda Gates

In development, there are lots of statistics. Every once in a while, a number jumps out at you because it expresses a complicated truth in simple terms. Here's one that jumped out at me: 20 per cent. That's how much more likely it is that a child will survive when the family's budget is controlled by the mother.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 6:16am

Teenaged children of mums who used crack in pregnancy show few ill effects

Teenaged children of mums who used crack in pregnancy show few ill effects

Research on teenagers adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of major long-term ill effects in those whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.

28 May 2013 - 3:34am

A heavenly massage for expecting mums

A heavenly massage for expecting mums

All the expanding and stretching that takes place during pregnancy takes its toll on the skin, feet and back. At seven months, my bump is beginning to weigh me down, and aches and pains are emerging.

28 May 2013 - 11:11am

Focus on pregnancy weight gain a bit heavy handed

Focus on pregnancy weight gain a bit heavy handed

It was a depressing morning. At an antenatal check-up I was told, not once, but twice, that I was fat.

14 May 2013 - 12:00pm 1 comment

Fish oil and pregnancy

Fish oil and pregnancy

An estimated 5 per cent of babies born in Hong Kong are underweight, according to Health Department statistics from 2011, and thus face a greater risk of disease, significant disabilities or even death.

6 May 2013 - 10:45am

The mother of all get-togethers

Illustration: Pearl Law

I gave birth to my first baby in Hong Kong at the age of 25, which - given the average here - made me practically a teen mother.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:53am

Cutting the cord too soon 'bad' for babies

Experts want nurses to stop clamping the umbilical cord within seconds of birth so as not to deprive a baby of blood. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Childbirth experts are urging Britain's health service (NHS) to reverse the policy it has pursued since the 1960s of clamping and cutting a baby's umbilical cord as soon as it is born, citing mounting evidence that this may leave newborn babies deprived of vital blood from the placenta.

27 Apr 2013 - 2:12am

Ask the doctors

Ask the doctors

Medically speaking, if there is a pregnancy, then a woman should not have a period. However, there is a possibility that bleeding during the very early stages of pregnancy could be mistaken for a period.



29 Apr 2013 - 10:07am

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.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Pregnancy belly gains popularity among online shoppers

Shopping website Taobao sells silica gel bellies to women.

There are myriad reasons to fake a pregnancy and an unusual product that helps people do just that is rising in popularity on shopping websites - a silica-gel "belly".

24 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

A bump in the road

Vikki d'Arcy focuses on aerobic and core-strength exercises. Photo: Paul Yeung

I was a top age-group triathlete and a sub-three-hour marathon runner, spent a year as an officer cadet at Sandhurst in the 1990s and had been on operational tours. Pregnancy was going to be a breeze, right?

26 Feb 2013 - 12:40pm

The greater the air pollution, the smaller the baby, study finds

The research was the most extensive of its kind on the link between air pollution and fetal development. Photo: AFP

Pregnant women increase the risk of having a low-birth-weight baby when they breathe in air pollution from vehicles, heating and coal power plants, an international study has concluded.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:17am

No shame in the pain of a difficult pregnancy

No shame in the pain of a difficult pregnancy

My butt cheeks throb in pain, bruised from too many shots over far too long. Today, as I take the little hormone-filled syringe and inject it into my muscles one last time, I won't wince or grimace. All I'll think about is the goal.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:33am 3 comments

China Digest, January 9, 2013

More than 10,000 of the capital's 66,000 taxi drivers refuse to work morning and afternoon rush hours, because profits are severely affected by traffic jams, People's Daily reports, citing its own investigation. 

9 Jan 2013 - 6:10am 1 comment

Paternity leave is only a baby step

Father Ivan Wong Chin (right) was able to enjoy paternity leave thanks to new company policy. Photo: Edmond So

If Hong Kong is to be a world-class city, it is going to have to bring its parental leave entitlements up to global standards. According to the International Labour Organisation, at least 49 countries in the world provide some form of paternity leave.

21 Dec 2012 - 1:33am