Nurses could perform abortions in the first 12-weeks of pregnancy under new Californian bill

Change: Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants would be allowed to perform abortions instead of doctors. This is a file picture of a nurse

The bill would allow non-physicians to perform ‘manual vacuum aspiration abortions’ which involve inserting a small tube attached to a pump into the uterus which removes fetal tissue. Before they would be allowed to carry out the procedure themselves, nurses would have to conduct at least 40 abortions under direct supervision before receiving an assessment . Speaking to The Huffington Post, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, who wrote the measure, said there is a huge lack of abortion providers in California. She said: ‘All women should have timely access to reproductive health care, regardless of whether they live in urban or rural areas and without excessive expense or travel.’ A number of groups are opposed to the bill including the California Right to Life Committee, the California Catholic Conference. They say it could lead to health risks.
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Model Lisa D’Amato on ‘Torturous’ Pregnancy

When I hear interviews from celebrities and theyre like, Oh, yeah, I just feel awesome every second of every day. Like, everythings so amazing, its like, shut up, change the channel. Thats nothing I can relate to. This is real life, people. Despite so many stars playing up the glamour and beauty of being pregnant, like Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen and actress Halle Berry, DAmato isnt alone in zeroing in on maternitys less warm and fuzzy side.
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Pre-Pregnancy Hormone Testing May Indicate Gestational Diabetes Risk

Markets closed Pre-Pregnancy Hormone Testing May Indicate Gestational Diabetes Risk Kaiser Permanente study finds low adiponectin levels prior to pregnancy linked to high risk of gestational diabetes Press Release: Kaiser Permanente 5 hours ago Print OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Overweight women with low levels of the hormone adiponectin prior to pregnancy are nearly seven times more likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Diabetes Care. Adiponectin protects against insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130718/SF49717LOGO ) Using Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, an electronic health records system, the researchers retrospectively identified about 4,000 women who gave voluntary blood samples between 1985 and 1996 during routine care and subsequently delivered an infant. Among that group, 256 women developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy and 497 did not.
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