One Month Cocoons Draw New Moms

A report on The World discusses the Chinese tradition called “zuo yue zi”, when women enter a month of bed rest with their babies after giving birth. Ruth Morris reports that in China’s expanding confinement...

China Busts Woman for Backseat Ultrasounds

As China tries to combat the imbalance in abortions due to the one-child policy, police have arrested a woman who has reportedly been giving expectant mothers illegal ultrasounds in the back of a car. The purpose of the...

How to Balance the Gender Scale

In Fuzhou, the local Food and Drug Administration recently began requiring “real name registration” from women who request emergency contraceptives. The registration process will require government identification,...

China’s Mothers Rethink Anti-Radiation Clothing

At Bloomberg, Adam Minter describes the improbable scientific claims made both for and against clothing designed to protect pregnant women from electromagnetic radiation. A recent CCTV report claimed that the clothing could...

Cesarean Nation

For Slate, Mara Hvistendahl looks at the cultural, economic and social factors behind the rise in the number of cesarean sections in China, which now has the highest rate of the procedure in the world: …In the 1990s, as a...



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