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Teen Birth Rates Decline in 2009

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 5, 2011

During the past 20 years, the rate of teen girls having children has dropped by about 40% to its lowest level since records began being kept 70 years ago. Having a child during the teen years carries high costsemotional, physical, and financialto the mother, father, child, and community.

Despite the decline, the U.S. teen birth rate is nearly one and a half times higher than the teen birth rate in the United Kingdom, which has the highest teen birth rate in western Europe. The U.S. rate is nearly three times higher than the teen birth rate in Canada and six to nine times higher than the teen birth rates in Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report.

Though we have made progress in reducing teen pregnancy over the past 20 years, still far too many teens are having babies, said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Preventing teen pregnancy can protect the health and quality of life of teenagers, their children, and their families throughout the United States.

About 46 percent of teens have had sexual intercourse. About 14 percent of sexually active teen girls and 10 percent of teen boys report that they do not use any type of birth control, the report says. The report finds that teens need sex education, the opportunity to talk with their parents about pregnancy prevention, and those who become sexually active need access to affordable, effective birth control. For teens that are sexually active, two forms of birth control such as condoms for boys, and birth control pills, hormone shots, or an IUD for girls are most effective for preventing pregnancy.

Contraceptive use is lowest and teen childbirth is highest among Hispanic/Latinos and non-Hispanic blacks. Rates also are high among youth of all races and ethnicities who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Black and Hispanic teen girls are about 2-3 times more likely to give birth than white teens. The percentage of black teen girls ever having sex (58 percent) is higher than for Hispanic (45 percent) and white teen girls (45 percent). The percentage of black teen males ever having sex (72 percent) is greater than that of Hispanics (53 percent) and whites (40 percent).

According to CDC Vital Signs, teen childbearing has a high cost emotionally, physically and financially for the mother, child and their community.

About half of teen mothers do not get a high school diploma before the age of 22.
Girls born to teen mothers are almost one-third more likely to become teen mothers themselves.
Children of teen parents are more likely to have low school achievement, drop out of school, and be teen parents themselves.

Teen pregnancy and childbirth cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $ 9 billion each year, approximately $ 6 billion in lost tax revenue and nearly $ 3 billion in public expenditures. Reducing teen and unintended pregnancy is a key priority for the Department of Health and Human Services and the focus of a collaborative effort involving many parts of the Department. In support of this effort CDC recommends:

Sex education that provides accurate information and is tied to the developmental needs of adolescents.
Parents and teens communicate more effectively with each other on issues of sex and teen birth.
Sexually active teens have access to affordable and effective birth control.

For more information about preventing teen pregnancy, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/TeenPregnancy and http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/prevention/index.html.


Michigan Birth Injury Lawyer Applauds Hospitals That Are Revising Delivery Room Practices

Bloomfield Hills, MI (Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011

Michigan medical malpractice lawyer Thomas L. Stroble said today that he was encouraged to see a group of 16 Midwest hospitals revising their practices in order to better protect the safety of infants during childbirth.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the hospitals belonging to Ascension Health, Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Public Health systems have seen a major reduction in birth injuries and deaths since they began using a series of safety protocols, or care bundles, in the summer of 2008.

I believe attorneys representing families who have experienced the tragedy of a birth injury have forced hospitals to take a hard look at whats wrong with their practices, and to their credit, these hospitals have acted to fix those problems, said Stroble, a Bloomfield Hills personal injury attorney and founder of the Oakland County-based Stroble Law Firm, P.C.

These new practices, in particular, improve communication and teamwork so that doctors and nurses can react quickly when difficulties arise, Stroble said. Based on our law firms experience, its that failure to react to problems such as shoulder dystocia that often leads to serious birth injuries that can impact the child and parents for the rest of their lives.

The care bundles were developed as part of an obstetrics safety program by North Carolina-based Premier Inc. in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper said the practices have been aimed at addressing five of the most common delivery-room errors:

Making Medical History: Texas Fertility Center Celebrates First Birth in Central Texas from New Frozen Egg Technology

Austin, TX (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

Assisted reproductive technology has allowed millions of people to create and expand their families. For years, Texas Fertility Center (TFC) has used frozen sperm and frozen embryos in combination with intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve high success rates. Recent advances in technology have now enabled TFC to add frozen eggs to its medical protocol. TFC is now proud to announce that it has helped an Austin couple welcome a second child through the use of frozen donor eggs.

When Ellen and Michael Navarre decide to start a family, they needed help. In 2007, the couple conceived their son Charlie via IVF. The Navarres were thrilled to become parents. We were so excited that we were able to successfully conceive Charlie, Ellen explained.

Dr. Kaylen Silverberg, Ellens physician, said that infertility treatments often give couples a real chance at having a family. With the options we have available, about 80 to 85 percent of our patients achieve their desired outcome.

A Different Approach

Once they were ready for another child, the process didnt go as smoothly. A frozen embryo cycle failed and, as Ellen was older, the Navarres discussed the possibility of using donor eggs. In their first attempt, Ellen used her sisters eggs, but that pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage. At that point, Dr. Silverberg mentioned the option of using frozen donor eggs.

That loss was difficult, Ellen said. But we knew wanted another child. We wanted Charlie to have a sibling, so when the opportunity came along, we were excited to be able to pursue it.

A relatively new procedure, oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, not only offers infertile couples another choice, but it also gives career women a chance to preserve their fertility for a later time and it helps cancer patients protect their abilities to start families after treatment.

Until recently, egg freezing wasnt really a choice for women, Dr. Silverberg explained. Eggs, the bodys largest cell, are comprised mainly of water and they have historically been very difficult to freeze successfully. Vitrification, or ultra-rapid freezing, has enabled us to help our patients have the families they desire by giving them another treatment option.

For the Navarres, using a frozen egg donor provided the chance they were looking for to welcome another child into their home. The six frozen eggs were fertilized in the laboratory, and two embryos were transferred to Ellens uterus, resulting in a healthy pregnancy.

Ellen says that once they conceived, the couple really forgot about the donor eggs and daughter Catherine Collins was born in May. The growing becomes part of you. We didnt even think about it not being my egg.

It is such a personal choice, but this process was such a blessing, says the proud mother of two. The ultimate goal was a beautiful baby and a sibling for Charlie. We couldnt love her anymore.

About Texas Fertility Center

Texas Fertility Center (TFC), one of the nations leading full-service infertility practices, provides advanced Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology services to patients throughout Texas, the Southwestern United States, and the Americas. Since 1980, TFC has been recognized nationally for outstanding pregnancy rates, cutting-edge laboratory procedures, and innovative research programs. For more information, please visit http://www.txfertility.com.


Pozzuolo Rodden, P.C. Announces the Release of Estate Planning For New Parents: “The Birth Of A Child Is The Perfect Time To Review Or Implement An Estate Plan”

(PRWEB) September 28, 2012

The Law Firm of Pozzuolo Rodden P.C., announces the release of the article Estate Planning:”The Birth of a Child is the Perfect Time to Review or Implement an Estate Plan “. Below is a sample of the first couple of paragraphs. If you would like to read more, please read the full article and other corporate law, or estate planning topics at http://www.pozzuolo.com/Pubs_Newsletters.shtml

The Birth of a Child is the Perfect Time to Review or Implement an Estate Plan

When a couple has their first child, they may be so overwhelmed with the new responsibilities of parenting that they may not even consider the importance of implementing an estate plan for their family. However, the birth of a child is the perfect time for a couple to provide for the welfare and security of their family by either: (a) beginning their estate plan, if they have not done so already; or, (b) revisiting their existing estate planning documents to ensure that their documents properly protect their new family.

For new parents, there are several reasons to prepare an estate plan upon the birth of their first child: To plan for the care of the child if both parents are deceased; To ensure that the childs inheritance is properly managed and to determine who will handle the childs property during his/her minor years or in todays world, until the child graduates from college or graduate/professional school; and To plan for the cost of the childs future educational needs.

Even though estate planning is essential for young families, many young couples postpone estate planning discussions due to the mistaken belief that they do not need an estate plan because they are young and healthy or these discussions conjure up negative feelings about death. Yet, many couples fail to realize that being proactive and preparing an estate plan can actually alleviate some of the fear associated with death and dying.

Guardian of Minor Children

The most critical aspect of an estate plan for new parents is deciding who will take care of minor children upon the untimely death of both parents. In a properly drafted Will, new parents can designate who will be the guardian of minor children if their spouse does not survive him/her. Some parents delay writing a Will because they cannot decide on a guardian and thus, risk leaving a court with no guidance as to who should be the proper guardian for minor children. Rather than postponing the drafting of a Will altogether, a couple should name a first and second choice of guardian and then change those choices later, if necessary. Remember, a Will can be amended. It is not a stagnant, unchanging document. ……

If you would like to read more, please read the full article “The Birth of a Child is the Perfect Time to Review or Implement an Estate Plan” and other corporate law or estate planning topics at http://www.pozzuolo.com/Pubs_Newsletters.shtml

Pozzuolo Rodden, P.C. provides specialized cost-effective legal services to privately held business owners and high-net-worth clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in excess of 35 years.

Practice Areas:

Business planning and transaction, complex business litigation, commercial real estate and development, construction law and litigation, advanced estate planning and administration, tax and pension law, high profile and intricate family litigation, and employment law and litigation.

Pozzuolo Rodden, P.C.

Counselors at Law

2033 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103



Laser Gum Surgery in Cumming, GA Can Now Safely Treat Pregnant Gum Disease Patients to Help Reduce the Risk of Low Birth Weight With Dr. Page Barden

Cumming, GA (PRWEB) September 21, 2013

Dr. Page Barden offers the FDA-cleared laser gum surgery, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), to help mothers-to-be improve their own health as well as that of their babies. There have been links showing a possible connection between low birth weight and premature delivery when gum disease is present in the mother.

Studies indicate that as many as one in ten babies born in the United States is a low birth weight baby, and almost a quarter of these cases occur in the absence of other known risk factors. There is not conclusive proof that gum disease directly causes low birth weight, but studies indicate a connection between the two. For women who are pregnant or planning to have a child soon, it may be safest to seek treatment for periodontal disease and simply remove the risk.

Dr. Barden performs the procedure using an FDA-cleared laser that only is harmful to periodontal disease. Healthy gum tissue is not cut or affected at all; this leaves teeth well protected, and reduces pain and recovery time for patients. LANAP may also reduce the risk of infection or other complications post-procedure, since trauma is minimal and since the laser can be used to create a blood clot that protects the gum pocket.

For women who are pregnant, eliminating periodontal disease with laser gum surgery is especially beneficial, as it may also help prevent the baby from developing health problems. LANAP is safe during pregnancy. Women who would like to learn more about LANAP can call Dr. Barden’s office or visit his website.

About the Doctor

Page Barden, DDS is a dentist offering personalized dental care for Cumming, GA gum disease patients. Dr. Barden received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Denver. He continued his education at the University Of Detroit School Of Dentistry. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Barden further extended his education at Indiana University where he earned a degree in Periodontics from the School of Dentistry. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Page Barden, DDS and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.georgiagumsurgery.com and call (678) 648-1998.