SANTIAGO—It was early in the morning when Carmen Gloria Palma’s water broke in Santiago, but she was prepared. She’d done hours of research and even printed out a birthing plan to give her doctors on how she wanted her natural birth to go. 

The results are in: US scientists found a “likely association” between COVID-19 vaccines and heightened risk of rare heart issues in adolescents and young adults, according to new data presented to the CDC Wednesday, 

Caesarean section rates are climbing worldwide and will continue to do so, according to new research

The sidelining of pregnant women’s needs and the skills of midwives is leading to a scourge of preventable deaths, warns the 

Early results from several studies suggest that pregnant women vaccinated against COVID-19 may pass some immunity to their babies.   They found that pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine had:

The exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from COVID-19 vaccine trials poses difficult questions for families considering getting pregnant.  It’s still not known whether the shots are safe for expectant mothers, writes Anna Louie Sussman in The New Yorker.

South Asia—one of the most polluted regions on Earth—also has the highest global burden of pregnancy loss.

Patchwork recordkeeping has hampered the US response to COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on communities of color.  

Parents-to-be are rushing to adjust their birth plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic—and so are hospitals, The Atlantic reports.