Pregnancy Lasts as Long as It Does Because Your Metabolism Is Lazy

Scientists have explained the fact that humans, unlike wildebeests, for instance, are born as helpless and vulnerable as shell-less mussels by pointing to the relatively small size of the female pelvis and collectively hissing, "It's all your fault!" New research, however, suggests that the apparently insufficient… » 8/28/12 12:00pm 8/28/12 12:00pm

Prenatal Genetic Testing: Another Arena in Which Men are Now Unnecessary

In the past, parents-to-be concerned with the genetic state of their gestating offspring had to test both the mother's and father's blood in order to determine what traits the child would likely inherit. But this method of genetic testing often leads to some socially awkward situations, as it's estimated that the… » 7/06/12 6:30pm 7/06/12 6:30pm

Turns Out Being Born a Woman Is a Major Financial Mistake

As if being a woman wasn't difficult enough—what with all the not having control over important decisions about our own bodies, making less money than our male colleagues, and, yes, let's play the childbirth card—we are also routinely hit with financial penalties just for having the balls to be born with a vagina.… » 3/20/12 1:35pm 3/20/12 1:35pm

Laughing Gas During Labor Making A Comeback

Most US hospitals stopped administering nitrous oxide to women in labor decades ago, but the best thing about the dentist's office may be making a leap back into the maternity ward. A prominent hospital has decided to offer mothers to be the option to laugh their labor pains away, and new equipment designed to deliver… » 2/13/11 1:53pm 2/13/11 1:53pm