How a Doula Helped Women Through Giving Birth During a Pandemic

As the maternal mortality rate surged during the pandemic, Niulquie McKinney, a doula and midwife, turned her attention to the most vulnerable mothers-to-be.

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From Electric Bikes to ‘Tree Equity,’ Biden’s Social Policy Bill Funds Niche Items

The Build Back Better Act’s marquee provisions have been the focus, but Democrats have swept dozens of obscure measures and special interest breaks into the $1.85 trillion bill.

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‘Pieces of a Woman’ Has Midwives Talking About That Birth Scene

Vanessa Kirby’s Oscar-nominated performance involves an extended sequence that these experts say gets some things right — and a few wrong.

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5 NYC Mayor’s Race Takeaways: Yang Drives the Bus, Republicans Joust

The Democratic candidates vowed to stop Zooming and get out more, and a rap video earned mixed reviews.

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Why Black Women Are Rejecting Hospitals in Search of Better Births

Some mothers are seeking alternatives, worried about Covid-19 and racial inequities in health care.

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How Food Traditions Nourish New Moms

Parents still turn to old recipes and customs for postpartum recovery.

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In Mexico, Midwives Step in as Covid Overshadows Childbirth

Midwives and doctors struggle to help women give birth safely during the grim days of the pandemic.

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‘Extreme Pain, but Also Extreme Joy’

We followed three providers as demand for their services rose.

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Black and Pregnant During Covid: ‘They Never Had Time to See Me’

Why being Black and giving birth in New York during the pandemic is so dangerous.

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Boom Time for Death Planning

The coronavirus pandemic has drawn new business to start-ups that provide end-of-life services, from estate planning to a final tweet.

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Her Virus Test Came Back Positive. 3 Hours Later, She Had a Baby.

The pandemic has reshaped the experience of childbirth in New York hospitals, adding more tension into what is an already uncertain event.

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Should You Fear the Coronavirus While Giving Birth in an NYC Hospital?

At this point, it’s safer than going elsewhere or giving birth at home.

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Fear of ‘Covid Hospitals’ Leads Women to Pursue Home Births

Midwives are seeing a surge in demand from pregnant women who want to deliver their babies at home or in birthing centers.

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